Tel Aviv 2019

GPB begin search for 2019 song

Georgian broadcaster is wasting now time to get a head start on organising next year’s entry! GPB have launched its search to find the song to represent Georgia in Tel Aviv next May.

Songwriters have been given a deadline of February 1st to submit their entries. Unlike many other broadcasters, GBP have not outlined stringent rules on language or nationality. Instead, interested composers only need to meet the following criteria:

  • Songs cannot have been previously released publically
  • Songs cannot exceed 3 minutes in length

Keen fans may notice that the above rules are very similar to the Eurovision rules!

Interested songwriters can submit their entry to [email protected] alongside an autobiography, photographs and, of course, the track itself.

New selection process, who this?

Georgia will join the likes of Spain, Malta and Israel in using a talent show to select their act for 2019. The upcoming season of Georgian Idol will be used to select the singer/act. The artist will be selected and announced in early March. Auditions have already started and the series will be run from the new year. Although this is a new approach for Georgia to select an act and song, previous Georgian Idol alumni have graced the Eurovision stage.

Nodi won season 4 and Sopho finished 2nd in the 5th edition of the show. Together, they joined forces for Eurovision 2013 in Malmö, where they finished 15th with their song ‘Waterfall’. The duo finished 15th in the final.

Sophie and Nodi in Malmö 2013

Georgia in Eurovision 2018

Georgia was represented by Ethno-Jazz band Iriao in Lisbon with the song ‘For You’. Despite the English song title, the song was fully in Georgian, a first for the country. The group was initially announced by GBP on New Year’s Eve. However, Georgia was one of the last countries to release their entry. When it came to the second semi-final Georgia came 18th and therefore failed to qualify, with 24 points.

What type of song, and genre would you like to see Georgia compete with in Tel Aviv? Let us know in the comments or social media @ESCXTRA!

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