It has been decided that Tornike Kipiani will represent Georgia after he won Georgian Idol tonight. Georgia is the last country to announce their act for Rotterdam during 2019, with seven acts now known for next year’s contest.
Georgia’s Idol has been selected!
After 10 weeks of competition, Georgian Idol has concluded this evening and we now have Georgia’s act for the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam! Four finalists battled it out to win Georgia’s ticket to Rotterdam:
- Tornike Kipiani 33.82% of the votes
- Barbara Samkharadze 31.18% of the votes
- Tamar Kakalashvili 18.38% of the votes
- Mariam Gogiberidze 16.62% of the votes
This year was the second year in which Georgia’s act was selected via Georgian Idol. Last year, Oto Nemsadze won the Georgian talent show, with his song “Sul tsin iare” (translated to Keep on Going for Eurovision). After failing to qualify for the final, Georgia slightly changed their approach to their selection and did not select their song via Georgian Idol, only their act and so their song is yet to be confirmed. This will be announced at a later date.
Georgia at the Eurovision Song Contest
Georgia debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2007. They were represented by Sopho Khalvashi’s “Visionary Dream” which gave Georgia a respectable 12th place finish. Between their debut and the 2016 contest, Georgia only missed three finals – in 2012 and 2014, they failed to qualify for the final and in 2009, they were disqualified from the contest with their politically-heavy entry, “We Don’t Wanna Put In”.
Georgia’s last appearance in the final was in 2016, and since they have failed to qualify for the final, with one of their entries coming dead last in the semi-final. In Tel Aviv, Oto Nemsadze represented Georgia with “Keep on Going”, finishing 14th in the semi-final with 62 points.
Do you think Georgia made the right choice? What sort of song do you hope Georgia select? Will Georgia finally return to the final in 2020?
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