Tel Aviv 2019

Georgia to select 2019 entrant on March 2nd

Georgia is set to select their 2019 entrant through the talent show Georgian Idol. The show will run from January through March 2nd and auditions are already underway. 

Vaniko Tarkhnishvili and Ruska Makashvili to be the hosts 

For the first time Georgian Idol will serve as the selection method for Eurovision. Thus, Georgia joins Israel, Malta and Spain in using a televised talent show to pick the country’s representative for Tel Aviv. Georgian Idol will run for approximately two months, with Vaniko Tarkhnishvili and Ruska Makashvili as hosts and the grand finale taking place on March 2nd. The public will be able to vote for their favourite participants both through telephone voting and Messenger App. 

Although, the show was never used as a selection method before, the 2013 duo Nodi Tatishvili and Sopho Gelovani are both Idol alumni. In fact, Nodi won season 4 and Sopho finished 2nd in the 5th edition of the show. Later, they joined forces for Eurovision 2013 in Malmö, where they finished 15th with their song “Waterfall“. 

Georgia in the Eurovision Song Contest

Georgia made their Eurovision debut back in 2007 and, with the exception of 2009, participated every year since. The first to fly the country’s flag at the contest was Sopho Khalvashi, who placed 12th with her entry “Visionary Dream“. Since their debut, Georgia made the final in 7 of the 11 attempts. So far, their best result are the 9th places achieved in 2010 and 2011 by Sopho Nizharadze and Eldrine, respectively. In 2018, it was Ethno-Jazz Band Iriao who had the honour of representing the country in Lisbon. Unfortunately, they placed last in the 2nd semi-final with 24 points. 

Are you looking forward to Georgian Idol? Do you think it will help them return to the final after 2 unsuccessful attempts? Who would you like to see fly the Georgian flag in Tel Aviv next May?

Let us know in the comment section below or on all social media platforms @ESCXTRA. 

Riccardo Maddalozzo

Born in Italy, I have lived in 5 countries in 3 continents. I discovered Eurovision by accident in 2010 and became a superfan in 2013. I attended both Eurovision and Junior Eurovision events and covered several national finals on the ground and hope to continue doing so for a long time!

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