Georgia returns to the Eurovision Song Contest

by Stella Floras 119 views

After the disconcerning news that at least two countries will abstain from the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest due to the financial crisis striking Europe, a piece of good news for the Eurovision community can be announced. The Georgian flag will finally be flown in the Olympiysky Arena during one of the semi finals of the 2009 contest.

It was a sad day for the Eurovision Song Contest when back in August 2008 it was announced that Georgia would not take part in the 2009 edition to be held in Moscow due to political reasons. Today, it has been confirmed by YLE executive Kjell Ekholm, member of the EBU Reference Group, that Georgia will indeed be returning for 2009.

The return has been influenced by the country's victory in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest held earlier this year in Cyprus, and further encouraged by the 12 points awarded to them by Russia.

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Stella Floras

Thanks to Johnny Logan and Hold me now I fell in love with the Eurovision Song Contest, a love that's been going strong ever since with undiminished passion. My first memories date back to 1977 and the lyrics of Rock bottom, Dschinghis Khan and A ba ni bi are still engraved in my brain.

I joined in 2006 as a junior editor after being invited by Barry Viniker, I soon became Senior Editor and during the 2007 contest in Helsinki I was appointed Head of Communications. Today I hold the post of Head of Human Resources and I am proud to be working with the best editorial team in the world.