GPB, the Georgian national broadcaster, is in full steam preparing for the grand finale of Georgian Idol which is set to be held this weekened in the majestic city of Tblisi. The four competing finalists have selected respective their songs from the mix of the three shortlisted entries.
The date of the Georgian national final has been changed to Sunday 3 March from its initial date Saturday 2 March. Hence we will know the 2019 Georgian Eurovision entry and act on Sunday.
The Grand Final of Geogian Idol will be held at the Tblisi Concert Hall in Tblisi and will be hosted by Ruska Makashvili and Vaniko Tarkhnishvili.
The 2019 Georgian entry will be sung in Georgian. A special GPB committee shorlisted the potential Georgian Eurovision entries from circa 200 submitted songs.
Long story short: three songs and four acts will battle for the golden ticket to Tel Aviv this weekend. Two of the competing acts will sing the same song: Oto Nemsadze and Giorgi Nakazhidze.
The four finalists & songs
- Oto Nemsadze- Sul Tsin Iare- ( Roma Giorgadze)
- Giorgi Nakashidze- Sul Tsin Iare- ( Roma Giorgadze)
- Liza Kalandadze-Sevdisperi Zgva- ( Levan Basharuli)
- Giorgi Pruidze-Me Mjera- (Tamar Babilua)
The 2019 Georgian Eurovision hopeful will be determined through Georgian Idol via a 100% public deliberation. The 2019 Georgian Eurovision act will be selected on 3 March 2019.
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.
Georgia is set to perform in the second half of the First Semi-final of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv on 14 May 2019.