Minsk 2018

Georgia’s casting for their Junior Eurovision national final, Ranina, is complete!

The Georgian broadcaster, GPB, previously revealed that to select their Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018 entry, they will use a new show, called Ranina. Now, they’ve announced that they have already completed casting for the show!

Ranina is a brand new show, which will have several episodes and last, in total, for three months.

The Ranina format

The show will feature Georgian children aged between 8 to 13 years old, competing alongside famous Georgian singers for the right to represent their nation at the 2018 Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

It is expected that the show will involve one act being eliminated each week until we are left with a winner. However, no details have yet been revealed about how they will select the winner.

A casting show has already taken place on the 23rd October to choose the participants for the show!

Georgia’s previous national finals

Georgia used national finals to select their Junior Eurovision entry from 2007, their début year, until 2011. These national finals brought them two wins, first in 2008 with Bzikebi, and then in 2011 with Candy. Of the remaining three entries chosen via national final, two of them finished in the top 5 of Junior Eurovision!

Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018

The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018 will take place in Minsk, Belarus. It is the second time that Minsk has hosted the contest, having previously hosted in 2010. So far, three countries have shown intent to take part: Belarus, Georgia, and Portugal.

You can listen to Georgia’s 2017 Junior Eurovision entry, Grigol Kipshidze’s Voice of the Heart, below!

What do you think of this news? Are you excited to see Georgia’s new show? Will they be able to do as well as Mariam did in Valletta?

Let us know what you think in the comments below and on social media @ESCXTRA

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Luke Malam

I've watched Eurovision for as long as I can remember, but my interest really built in 2008, after I decided to watch the semifinals online, out of boredom, before the final...I was blown away by the quality of the show and have been hooked ever since! I'm a competitive trampolinist and I love baking. I've also just completed a master's degree in Research Methods in Psychology at University College London.

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