The members of the jury of the Georgian Idol, the country’s format to determine its Eurovision entry, were unveiled today.

THE JUDGES

This year the Georgian national broadcaster, GPB, decided that the talent show Georgia’s Star , the Georgian edition of Pop Idol, will be the formula through which the country will select is Eurovision 2019 representative. The whole production of the show will unfold under the umbrella of Nova Productions , while auditions are scheduled to take place all over the country in order to select the final 10 that will compete for the golden ticket that leads to Tel Aviv. A four member special jury and the Georgian audience will determine the final outcome of the show. The four members of the jury panel will be :

  • Stephane Mgebrishvili (Georgia ESC 2009)
  • Natia Todua (Winner of  The Voice Germany)
  • Tinatin Berdzenishvili (Director of Media at GPB)
  • Zaza Shengelia (CEO of Bravo Records)

The national final will take place on March 2 while the hosts that will be responsible to present us the show are Vaniko Tarkhnishvili and Ruska Makashvili.  The whole show will last about two months and Georgian Idol will start being broadcast from January 1  on GPB. Additionally the broadcaster that besides the televoting through the phone there will be an option of casting votes via the Facebook Messenger application.

The Georgian Idol as already been related to the Eurovision Song contest as its 4th season winner,  Nodiko Tatishvili  and its 5th runner up  Sopho Gelovani represented Georgia in 2013 with their entry “Waterfall” finishing in the 15th place of the final.

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.