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🇬🇪 Georgia will select their Eurovision artist on December 31st!

Will Georgia will be the 7th country to announce their artist before 2020?

GPB have confirmed that the final of Georgian Idol will take place on December 31st. On this date, Georgia will become the seventh nation to select their representative for Eurovision 2020. That’s your New Years Eve plans sorted!!

Georgia’s GPB has announced that the final of Georgian Idol will take place on December 31 from 21:00 local time (20:00 CET), with the winner going on to the contest in Rotterdam this coming May. Unlike last year, the song itself will be selected internally by the broadcaster and therefore will not factor into the final.

The four artists who are competing in the Grand Final are (clockwise L-R):

  • Tornike Kipiani
  • Barbara Samkharadze
  • Mariam Gogiberidze
  • Tamar Kakalashvili

The judges of Georgian Idol are Natia Todua, Tinatin Berdzenishvili, David Evgenidze and David Aladashvili. They will not have a say on the winner however, which will be selected via a public vote.

Georgia at the Eurovision Song Contest

Georgia debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest 2007, held in Helsinki. Since then, they have participated in the contest 12 times. To date they have missed one contest; Georgia planned to participate in 2009, but decided to withdraw after the EBU demanded them to re-write their now-infamous entry “Don’t Wanna Put In”.

Georgia has reached the final on seven occasions, achieving two top ten placements, with Sofia Nizharadze (2010) and Eldrine(2011) both finishing ninth. However, they have not appeared in the final since 2016, where Nika Kocharov & Young Georgian Lolitaz placed 20th with “Midnight Gold.”

This year, Oto Nemsadze represented Georgia this year in Tel Aviv with the song “Keep On Going”. He finished 14th in the first semi-final with 62 points.

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Costa Christou

Ever since I saw Helena Paparizou's triumph at Eurovision in 2005 (at the tender age of 6), I have been crazy about Eurovision. From the regional native language bops and shrieky female-led balladry to the sophisticated avant garde pop songs and chart-friendly EDM, I love everything about this cultural phenomenon. I'm currently studying a Bachelor of Science in Politics & International Relations at the University of Exeter.

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