Introducing 2013: Georgia

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Thirty-nine countries are competing with the aim to lift the trophy in Malmö. The thirteenth country to be introduced is Georgia. The country debuted in 2007 and so far it has always qualified to the final with the exception of last year. This year Nodi Tatishvili & Sophie Gelovani will carry the Georgian hopes in Sweden.

Basic information

Performers: Nodi Tatishvili & Sophie Gelovani
Song: Waterfall
Language: English
Music: Thomas G:son & Erik Bernholm
Lyrics: Thomas G:son

The song

Waterfall is a ballad song in which the main theme is love. The duo are singing about a waterfall of love.

There’s no me without you
Don’t know what I would do
You’re my heartbeat, I’m breathing because of you

There’s no world without us
Dreams would turn into dust
You’re the reason, the reason I make it through

Feels like I’m flying, like if I had wings
Like I am sailing on a sea of dreams
You’re love is pouring down on me, you’re my
Waterfall

The performers

Sophie Gelovani and Nodi Tatishvili are two well-known artists in both pop and classical music. Waterfall is the first duet they recorded together. Sophie Gelovani studied piano at the Musical School. In 2005, she graduated from the Ilia Chavchavadze State University, Faculty of International Relations, and afterwards she studied at the Musical School named after Zakaria Paliashvili. Today she is a teacher in the Musical School named after Iakob Gogebashvili. Nodi Tatishvili graduated from Tbilisi Musical School and Georgia’s Technical University, faculty of Public Administration. In 2011, he graduated from the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance at Burlington School in London.

Nodi Tatishvili took part in many international musical contests, including the International Music Festival and The Amber Star in Lithuania, Astana 2007 in Kazakhstan, World Star Quest, Slaviansky Bazar in Belarus, and Golden Voices in Moldova. Apart from that, his is the winner of the Geostar talent show in 2009. In 2011, his debut album was released under the title I Am Georgian. His first solo concert was held at the Tbilisi Philharmonic Hall in 2011.

The songwriters

Thomas G:son is a Swedish composer and musician. G:son co-wrote last year’s Eurovision entry Euphoria. He is not new to Eurovision as he wrote seven entries in the Eurovision; three of them for Sweden, two for Spain, one for Norway and another one for Denmark. Infact last year he also wrote the Spanish entry for Baku. Thomas plays the guitar in a hard rock band. Erik Bernholm is also in the Eurovision scene. He works closed with Thomas and co-wrote the 2010 Danish entry and last year’s Spanish entry.

The national selection

Georgia selected Nodi Tatishvili & Sophie Gelovani through an internal selection.

Georgia in the Eurovision Song Contest

Georgia debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2007 finishing 12th in the final. After an 11th place in Belgrade, the country withdrew from the competition the year after as their song We don’t wanna put in was not accepted by the EBU and the artists refused to change the message. In the past two editions they achieved a top ten result. Infact the country finished 9th in 2010 and 2011. Last year the country failed to qualify to the final for the first time.

Statistics

This will be Georgia’s sixth participation in the Eurovision Song Contest. For the first time, the country is represented by a duo. For the fifth time the Georgian entry will be performed entirely in English.

Georgian vote in Eurovision

Georgia awarded its most points to Ukraine while the Caucasus country received its most points from Lithuania. The Baltic nation gave 41 points to Georgia.

The betting odds

According to oddschecker.com, Georgia is currently standing at number 9 in the odds to win the Eurovision Song Contest and at number 2 to qualify to the final from semi-final two.

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Videos

Preview clip

Song presentation

Beauty & the beast

Tomorrow another country will be introduced (hint – the glory of all!)

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