After a year like no other, ESCXTRA can’t be in the Polish capital city of Warsaw to bring you live coverage of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2020. Nevertheless, we bring you the next best thing… an overview of each of the twelve participating entries and all the details you need to cast your online votes right now!
Meet Sandra Gadelia
10-year-old Tbilisi-born Sandra Gadelia was victorious in Georgia’s marathon Junior Eurovision selection process Ranina and will perform “You Are Not Alone” in Sunday’s contest. The song was written by Temo Sajaia and composed by Giorgi Kukhianidze.
In an interview with junioreurovision.tv, Sandra explains that her connection to music began at a very early age and is a natural fit for her personality. With an eclectic music taste, Sandra names British pop star Jessie J, German metal band Scorpions, and the legendary Louis Armstrong as some of her favourite artists.
Regarding her powerful song “You Are Not Alone”, Sandra explains that her favourite lyric from her entry is “დედამიწაზე უნდა გიყვარდეს” which translates into English as “on the earth, you must love”. Furthermore, she names her biggest career achievement to date, besides her victory in Ranina, is her role in the musical “Pola Negri”.
Georgia in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
As ESCXTRA team member Riccardo summarised in his 2018 feature article Georgia’s Junior Eurovision journey so far…, since debuting in 2007, Georgia hasn’t missed a single contest and has enjoyed great results. In fact, the country holds the record for most victories, being the only country that has won three times. Georgia first won in 2008 with Bzikebi and their song “Bzz..”, then again in 2011 with Candy’s “Candy Music” and finally in 2016 with Mariam Mamadashvili and her song “Mzeo”.
Georgia has also finished second twice: in 2012 with Funkids and 2017 with Grigol Kipshidze. Remarkably, the Caucasian nation has finished in the top 10 in all of their Junior Eurovision appearances except two: in 2014 and 2019. Georgia also hosted the 2017 Junior Eurovision Song Contest in its capital city of Tbilisi, the first time the country hosted a Eurovision-related event. On home turf, Grigol Kipshidze narrowly missed out on giving Georgia its fourth victory, finishing second, and just 4 points shy of the trophy.
Vote for Georgia now!
Votes can be cast via vote.junioreurovision.tv NOW! Viewers from all over the world can vote for three countries.
The first round of voting is open right now and will close at 4.59pm CET on Sunday 29th November, just before the beginning of the live broadcast. Then, voting will reopen during the show for fifteen minutes following the final performance so that any final votes can be cast.
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