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Georgia: GPB reveals the 10 young artists aiming to win the ticket to Minsk!

Prior to the 2017 Junior Eurovision Song Contest taking place, Georgian national broadcaster GPB announced that they would be holding a three-month national selection process under the title of Ranina. Now, following a series of auditions, GPB has announced the names of the ten young performers who will take part in the show!

Meet the ten finalists!

Back in October, young Georgian performers were encouraged to audition for the show. The auditions took place at GPB’s studios. The ten successful artists who will take part in Ranina are as follows:

  • Maria-Elene Bezhashvili
  • Tamar Edilashvili
  • Nikoloz Gogichaishvili
  • Nita Jakhua
  • Davit Kimeridze
  • Mariam Saginashvili
  • Anastasia Togonidze
  • Giorgi Tsisakadze
  • Nikoloz Vasadze
  • Alexander Zazarashvili


The show will begin early next year

Ranina is due to begin in January 2018 and will last for approximately three months. This is likely to make Georgia the first country to select their artist for the 2018 Junior Eurovision Song Contest taking place in the Belarusian capital city of Minsk at the end of next year.
During the show, the young performers will get the opportunity to perform with well-known Georgian artists. The results of each show will be decided by a three-person jury. It is expected that after a series of shows, three performers will contest the grand final. The winner of the final will win the Georgian ticket to Minsk!

A fantastic show in Tbilisi

Georgia’s interest in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest is surely higher than ever before. The nation hosted their first Eurovision event in Tbilisi last month, as the Junior Eurovision Song Contest came to their capital city. In addition, Georgian entrant Grigol Kipshidze came within three points of taking a second consecutive victory for Georgia. Nevertheless, in the end, it was Russia’s Polina Bogusevich who took the victory with the fantastic Wings.
Will you be tuning into Ranina once it begins next year? Furthermore, are you pleased to see Georgia continuing their commitment to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest? Let us know in the comments below!

Ryan Cobb

My first memory of watching the Eurovision Song Contest was back in 2001 and, over the years, my passion and enthusiasm for the contest has very much turned into an obsession. I adore music and I love geography, so this contest is a natural fit for me. If la la loving Eurovision was a crime, I'd certainly be a criminal!

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