INFEvision Video Contest 2020: Lizi Japaridze to represent Georgia with her song “Toxic World”
INFEvision 2020, the video contest held by the International Network of Fan Clubs of Eurovision (I.N.F.E) is unfolding this week with the presentation of the competing acts and songs.
The INFEvision 2020 line up continues to unfold with the next representative coming from Georgia. The local INFE Georgia club has selected the female act, Lizi Japaridze( aka Lizi Pop) to represent the country at INFEVision 2020 with her song ‘Toxic World’.
A few words about Lizi Japaridze (aka Lizi Pop)
Liza Japaridze (born 19 September 2004 ), better known by her stage name Lizi Pop , is a Georgian singer, actress, model, dancer, and television presenter. She represented Georgia in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Malta with the song “Happy Day”, and co-hosted the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Tbilisi with Helen Kalandadze. She studies at the Georgian-American School. Japaridze speaks English, Russian, and French, in addition to her native Georgian. Since 2011, she has studied vocals at the BzikebiStudio led by Giga Kukhianidze, whose songs represented Georgia at Junior Eurovision in 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013.
Japaridze released her debut single “Make-Up!” in 2012. She went on to release the singles “Cloud” and “Zgapari galagshi” as well, the latter of which was recorded with Candy, the winners of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2011. She had a starring role in the children’s musical film Stapilo Story: Kurdgheli vs Mgeli.
In 2014, Japaridze was chosen to represent Georgia in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Malta, performing the song “Happy Day”. Japaridze went on to place eleventh. ‘Happy Day’, however, remained the most-watched video on the Junior Eurovision Song Contest channel for some years, before being overtaken by Roksana Węgiel’s song Anyone I Want To Be. At Junior Eurovision, Japaridze performed with Sopho Dashniani, Dea Dashniani, Ketevan Arbolishvili, and Nita Lomidze as her backing vocalists and dancers. She was later announced as the Georgian spokesperson at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015.
Japaridze hosted the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Tbilisi alongside Helen Kalandadze. She is the second youngest ever to host the contest, only behind Ioana Ivan, who was only 12 when she hosted in 2006, and the first former participant to host the contest.
Watch below the competing music video of her song “Toxic World”:
This year’s edition was launched in the first days of October with INFE Romania revealing the INFEvision 2020 slogan “Riding the Ages” . From that point all INFE clubs were given a period until end of October to confirm participation to the host country. A total of 19 countries around the globe will eventually be participating in this year’s contest, which is a new record number for the competition itself after last year’s 18 countries. Unfortunately Armenia and Azerbaijan decided to withdraw due to the war conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh ( Artsakh).
The Grand final is set to take place on December 19 in the city of Resita in Romania.