The Georgian national broadcaster, GPB, this year chose to select the country’s Eurovision 2019 act through the talent show  Georgian Idol.  After three rounds of auditions , 6 live shows including a final,  Oto Nemsadze and his song Sul tsin iare was selected to represent the country in Eurovision, after winning the first place in televoting with a score of 44,13%.

A few words about Oto Nemsadze

Oto Nemsadze is 29 years old, born on June 18, 1989 in the city  Gori. H became widely known after his participation in the  talent show Geostar το 2010 where he reached the first place, while in 2013 he released his first album entitled Fiqrebis Zgva. In 2014 he travels abroad to compete in the Ukrainian version of  The Voice where he finished 2nd while in 2016 he took part in the show “Your Face Sounds Familiar” in Georgia and came second. In 2017 he  made his first attempt to represent Georgia in Eurovision  as the leading vocalist of the group Limbo with the song Dear God, which finished .

The entry “Sul tsin iare”

The song Sul tsin iare is a rock ballad written entirely in Georgian and its title mean “Look forward”. The song is a creation of Roman Giorgadze who is behind the lyrics and the music of the song. This year its the second time Georgia is sending a song entirely in Georgian, after last year’s participation with Iriao and the entry Sheni gulistvis. One of Iriao’s members, Mikheil Javakhishvili will be one of the backing vocalists for  Oto on the Eurovision stage. 

Lyrics of  Sul tsin iare (English translation)

Keep on going

Keep on going forward!

Walk much!Seek!Find!Keep on going!

They sing somewhere!sing heartedly!Wires!

They are singing!Wounds!Sing after all!

Varado, varado, varada rada hee.Varado, varado, varada rada hee.

Go on find lost songs.Sing forcefully!

Keep on going forward! Heartily go on!Wounds!

Force barb wires!

Fathers, children sing varadoTune “Chonguri”, we won’t perish!

Go on heartedly!

Cross the sea!

We heal each others’ wounds with songs.

Varada, varada…Varada, varada…Varado, varado, varada rada hee.

Varado, varado, varada rada

Go on heartedly!

Cross the sea!

We heal each others’ wounds with songs.

The Eurovision story so far

Georgia participated in the Eurovision Song Contest first time in 2007 with Sopho Khalvashi and her song Visionary dream . Since then it has competed 11 times missing out only the 2009 edition of the contest, when they chose to withdraw. Its best results were scored  in Oslo with Sofia Nizharadze and her song Shine(2010) and Dusseldorf with Eldrine and the entry One More Day (2011) when both achieved a 9th placing  in the Grand Final.

In 2018  the Ethno Jazz Band Iriao were internally selected to represent the country in  Lisbon with their entry For you. For a second year in a row Georgia failed to qualify to the grand final.