Georgia: Iriao to sing Sheni Gulistvis in Lisbon!

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It was the 2018’s dawn when the Georgian national broadcaster GPB announced that the group Iriao has been internally selected to represent the nation of Caucasus at Eurovision 2018. However, we now have more revelation from them: the Georgian entry in the contest will have the title Sheni gulistvis (For you)!

A blend of jazz and Georgian ethnic, as Iriao know

Georgia has unveiled more details regarding their upcoming Eurovision participation. Sheni gulistvis song was all set to be recorded last Friday, with a live orchestra partaking in the project, directed by conductor Mirian Khukhunaishvili.

The song is written by Irina Sanikidze with both Georgian and English lyrics, whilst its composer is Davit Malazonia, who is member of the band. He started his career 30 years ago and now works between Germany and Georgia, having been involved in lots of theater and television productions. Davit is reportedly the first composer who managed to unite the music genre of jazz with Georgian ethnic sounds. Thus, this is what we should expect from Iriao and their song!

The Georgian 2018 Eurovision entry is expected to be released at a later date. Until then, let’s wait!

Here you may witness the band performing their ethno jazz song Chemi sikvaruli in 2016:

Earlier this week, the band visited Portugal in order to film their Eurovision postcard. Here you may learn all the details and enjoy pictures from the filming!

Georgia at Eurovision

Georgia made its debut Eurovision appearance in 2007 with Sopho Khalvashi and is yet to win the event. The country’s best placing in the competition is a 9th place, achieved in 2010 and 2011. Last year the country was represented by the singer Tamara “Tako” Gachechiladze singing Keep the faith, but was eliminated at the first semi-final.

What are you expecting from Iraio? Can they surpass 9th place and give their nation their best Eurovision result?