Grigol Kipshidze will represent host country Georgia at this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest.
GPB have revealed that Grigol Kipshidze will represent host country Georgia at the 15th edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. In July the Georgian broadcaster GPB had released an open call for children aged between 9 to 14 years to submit their songs before September 1st. The successful artists then recently went onto the live audition process, in which they performed in front of the aforementioned professional jury, who then selected the next Georgian representative.
On the professional jury were:
- Zaza Shengelia – Producer
- Maia Baratashvili – Singer
- Davit Evgenidze – Musician
- Eliso Shengelia – Music Editor
- Giorgi Asanishvili – Sound Director
Grigol will be given a song for the contest, which will be revealed at a later date. Composers from all over Georgia will have the chance to create a composition, but it has already been rumoured that it will likely be Giga Kukhianidze as he has composed the majority of Georgia’s past Junior Eurovision entries.
Sixteen countries will take part in the 15th edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest this year, including returning country Portugal, who haven’t participated since 2007. The contest will take place in the Olympic Palace in Tbilisi, Georgia on Sunday 26th November 2017 at 16:00 – 18:00 CET. This is the first time Georgia has hosted any Eurovision event. The sixteen countries taking part are:
- FYR Macedonia
- The Netherlands
It’s worth noting that more countries could be added to this list, as it was reported that these are the confirmed countries to date.
There has been a change in the voting rules again this year. The audience will be able to vote online, which opens on Friday 24th November, and will close on Sunday 26th November. Viewers will have to watch the recap of all the songs before they place their vote on the JESC website. The first round of voting will close at 15:59 CET on Sunday 26th November. Then, during the live show, the online voting will open again once the last performance has taken place, and will be open for 15 minutes. The final audience result will be a combination of both the pre-show and live voting results. This will then make up 50% of the final vote, with the jury voting being the other 50%.
Other changes have been made to the rules of this years contest. The amount of a song that can be performed in English has been increased to 40% of the lyrics. While the number of voices on the backing track has been increased from five to six singers.
Source: Eurovision Georgia