Georgia: Georgian Idol kicks off on January 5; Song submission window open until February 1
GPB has revealed that Georgian Idol will kick off on January 5. Georgian Idol’s final is set to take place on March 2nd, where the artist that will represent Georgia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv will be determined. The show will feature a four member jury who will consist of the following judges:
- Stephane Mgebrishvili (Eurovision Georgia 2009)
- Natia Todua (Winner of The Voice Germany)
- Tinatin Berdzenishvili (Director of Media at GPB)
- Zaza Shengelia (CEO of Bravo Records)
The Hosts that will be responsible to present us the show are Vaniko Tarkhnishvili and Ruska Makashvili. Concerning the voting process the national broadcaster has already revealed that besides the televoting through the phone there will be an option of casting votes via the Facebook Messenger application.
THE SONG SUBMISSION WINDOW
Meanwhile the broadcaster has opened the song submission window for Eurovision 2019 inviting composers to submit their entries.
Composers interested to participate in the Georgian song selection for Eurovision 2019 can submit an audio recording of their songs, an autobiography and a photograph through the following email address: Eurovision@gpb.ge The song submission window closes on Friday 1 February. The submitted songs must not exceed 3 minutes in length and should not be released/published publicly.
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.