Georgia will hold a three-month long competition to select their Junior Eurovision participant for the 2018 contest.
Despite the fact that this year’s edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest has not yet happened, Georgia are already looking forward to selecting their participant for next year’s contest. GPB have revealed that they will be using “Ranina” to select their JESC 2018 participant. “Ranina” is a three-month competition, featuring multiple episodes.
Singers aged between 8 and 13 years old are encouraged to attend the auditions which will be held on October 14th and 15th 2017 at the GPB Studios. The shortlisted singers will then compete in the television series alongside famous Georgian singers. From there, the winner of the competition will represent Georgia at the 2018 Junior Eurovision Song Contest.
Georgia will be hosting the 2017 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in the capital Tbilisi. 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
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Georgia have won the contest on three occasions, making them the country with the most victories throughout the history of the contest. Georgia debuted in JESC in 2007 with Mariam Romelashvili and her song “Odelia Ranuni”, where she placed 4th with 116 points. Their first win was just a year later in 2008, with the trio Bzikebi and their song “Bzz”. Their second win was in 2011 with the group Candy and their song “Candy Music”. Most recently in 2016 eleven year old Mariam Mamadashvili performed her song Mzeo in JESC 2016 host city Malta, and took the victory with 239 points.