12-year-old Elene Sturua has been announced as the spokesperson for Georgia at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Malta next weekend.
GPB the Georgian national broadcaster has announced that Elene Sturua will announce the results of the Georgian vote at Junior Eurovision 2016. Elene who is 12 years old is currently studying at the British-Georgian School and is in her 7th grade. She speaks English, German and Russian as well as her native Georgian.
Unlike the Eurovision Song Contest 2016, the vote that the spokesperson will announce will be the entire vote of that country, not just the jury vote followed by the televote announced by the presenters. This year has seen the televote from each country removed and instead replaced by a jury of music professionals and a jury of children. The results of each country will be decided by 50% music professionals jury and 50% children’s jury.
Georgia is being represented by Mariam Mamadashvili with the song “Mzeo”. Mariam was selected from the singers who applied to take part in the selection process by a jury. The jury was made up of; Rusudan Bakhtadze (Vocal Coach), Nato Dumbadze (Producer), Zaza Orashvili (Director), Nika Kocharov (Singer, 2016 ESC participant ), Lizi Pop (Singer, JESC participant). Her song “Mzeo” has been written by Giga Kukhianidze and Maka Davitaia. Giga Kukhianidze has written and composed the Junior Eurovision entries for Georgia since 2008.