Grigol Kipshidze will represent host country Georgia at this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Tbilisi. Let’s get to know a bit more about him.
Twelve-year-old Grigol Kipshidze was born in the Georgian capital Tbilisi in August 2005. From 2011 to 2015, Grigol studied at the National Centre for Folklore, and in 2014 he was accepted at the city’s Vocal Academy. In his singing career, Grigol has participated in many musical competitions, the biggest so far being The X-Factor Georgia, in which he made it to the final. Most recently, Grigol has won the Star’s Voices Grand Prix in Switzerland.
Grigol was selected to represent Georgia at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 by an expert panel. His song “Voice of The Heart” was composed by Giga Kukhianidze, who was selected to take the role of composer after GPB held a competition. Giga has composed the majority of Georgia’s Junior Eurovision entries, including all three of their winning songs (“Bzz”, “Candy Music”, and “Mzeo”).
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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.