GPB has revealed more details of their Eurovision Song Contest 2017 national final, with the selection expected to take place at the end of January.
GPB the Georgian national broadcaster has revealed details of the countries selection process for Eurovision 2017. 25 songs will be taking part in the selection due to Natia Bidzinashvili opting to withdraw from the selection, she would have performed “My Song For You”. The winner of the selection will be decided by 60% jury voting and 40% public televote. No date has yet been confirmed for the selection, however we understand it is likely to take place at the end of January.
The 25 songs and singers are as follows:
- Nanuka Giorgobiani – Let The Sunshine In
- Giorgi Chikovani – Make it Right
- Davit Shanidze – “Mtvris Katsi”(Man of Dust)
- Trio Mandili – “Me da Shen” (You and Me)
- Elene Mikiashvili – Fighter
- Andria Gvelesiani – Revolutionise
- Group The Mins – Crime
- Alisa Danelia – We Are Eternity
- Rati Durglishvili – Why
- Brandon Stone & Eter Beriashvili – Heyo Song
- Tornike Kipiani & Giorgi Bolotashvili – You Are My Sunshine
- Group EOS – Urban Signs
- Dima Kobeshavidze – Scream
- Maliibu – We Live Once
- Group Asea Sool – Nature
- Misha Sulukhia – Magic
- Tako Gachechiladze – Keep the Faith
- Oto Nemsadze & Group Limbo – Dear God
- Mariam Chachkhiani – Fly
- Nutsa Buzaladze – White Horses Run
- Group Sparkle – On The Top
- Nino Basharuli – “Simgera Sikvarulisa” (The Song of Love)
- Temo Sajaia – All The Same
- Mariko Lejava – Bithard and Avol Waves
- Sabina Chantouria – Stranger
You can listen to all of the songs in the Georgian selection process here.
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Georgia debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2007, they were represented by Sopho Khalvashi and the song “Visionary Dream”. Sopho finished 8th in the final scoring 97 points, the song received 12 points from the televoters in Lithuania. Georgia has only ever missed one contest since their debut, this was in 2009 when Georgia had selected Stephane & 3G with “We Don’t Wanna Put In”, the song proved controversial for its lyrics aimed at the Russian President. The EBU asked for Georgia to rewrite the lyrics of the song or change the song completely. Georgia was forced to withdraw as it continued to state the lyrics were not of a political nature.