Georgian national broadcaster, Georgian Public Broadcasting, has apparently confirmed its move to enter the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest in Helsinki, it was reported today.
Speaking to partner site oikotimes.com, the company's international relations manager Nina Sanadiradze confirmed that the station has indeed set the wheels in motion for a debut appearance at the contest next May, and that "by the 15th of November we will send confirmation of our participation to Mr. Svante Stockselius."
However, decisions still remain to be taken on the number of countries allowed to take part at the 2007 edition of the contest. In a recent interview, Svante Stockselius appeared to confirm the limit of 40, giving favour to countries which have appeared in the previous five Eurovision Song Contests over debut and new nations.
With Georgia, the list of expected nations now creeps past the 40 mark. A return from both former competitors Austria and Hungary could mean that the two 'confirmed' debut countries of Georgia and the Czech Republic may not be allowed to make their first appearance in Helsinki.
As ever, time will tell, and with the deadline looming for broadcasters to submit their interest to the EBU, esctoday.com will no doubt be able to bring you the hotly anticipated Steering Group decision very soon.