Nika Kocharov, Georgia’s 2016 Eurovision entrant, will announce this years jury points from Georgia.
It has been announced that Nika Kocharov will be the Georgian spokesperson for this years Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, Ukraine. The singer will announce the country’s jury points in the Grand Final of this years contest. Nika represented Georgia at last years Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm, Sweden, with the Young Georgian Lolitaz. They placed 20th in the Grand Final with 104 points with their song “Midnight Gold”.
Tamara Gachechiladze won the Georgian national final for Kyiv in late January with “Keep The Faith”. She won the competition by topping the jury voting and finished second win the Georgian public, she finished 15 points clear of runner-up Nutsa Buzaladze. Tamara has already begun promoting her participation in this years Eurovision Song Contest having performed in the first semi final of Ukraine’s national final at the start of February.
“Keep The Faith” has undergone changes to its instrumentation, as well as the introduction of a choir into the backing track since winning the Georgian selection process. Georgia is one of a number of countries to have opted to revamp their song ahead of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kyiv, Ukraine.
Joining Tamara in Kyiv are Mariam Akobia, Mariam Jomardidze, Natia Oqruashvili, Giorgi Tskhvariashvili and Guri Pasikashvili. Of the five singers travelling to Ukraine only Natia Oqrashvili has previously attempted to represent Georgia at the Eurovision Song Contest, having competed in the Georgian selection processes in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
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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.