Georgia is gearing up for the forthcoming 2019 Eurovision Song Contest as its national broadcaster, GPB, sets its eyes on Tel Aviv.
GPB has opted to select its 2019 Eurovision entry and act via the Georgian version of the internationally acclaimed talent show Pop Idol.
Auditions for Georgian Idol 2019 have kicked off this week in Tblisi, whilst further auditions are scheduled to be held throughout the country in the coming days.
- 27 /10/2018 – Tblisi
- 30 /10/2018 – Telavi & Gurjaani
- 31/10/2018– Akhmeta & Lagodekhi
- 01/11/2018– Gori
- 02/11/2018 – Borjomi & Akhaltsikhe
- 03/11/2018 – Tbilisi
- 04/11/2018 – Tbilisi
- 06 /11/2018 – Chiatura
- 07/11/2018 – Kutaisi
Georgian Idol 2019 will kick off on 1 January 2019 and will be aired on GPB 1.
The winner of Georgian Idol 2019 will be awarded the golden ticket to fly to Tel Aviv next May and defend the Georgian colours at the Eurovision Song Contest.
Georgia in Eurovision
Georgia debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2007 with Sopho Khalvashi’s Visionary dream and is yet to win the competition. The country achieved its best results in the contest in Oslo (2010) and Dusseldorf (2011) when it placed 9th in the Grand Final.
Georgia has competed 11 times in Europe’s favorite television show, the country has partaken in the event every year since their debut in 2007 with the exception of 2009 when the nation opted to stay out of the competition.
In 2018 the Georgians opted for an internal selection and selected the Ethno Jazz Band Iriao to fly the Georgian flag at the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon with their entry For you. Despite a great performance the country failed to qualify to the Grand Final for the second consecutive year.