The 2017 Junior Eurovision Song Contest is coming up at the end of this month. Before the big event, we spoke to the home country representative, Grigol Kipshidze, about his preparations ahead of the contest.
How do you feel singing in a musical style that was popular before you were ever born?
I don’t find it difficult at all to sing in this musical style, as I‘ve been listening to all kinds of music since my childhood. Quite on the contrary, that’s one of my favourite types and I don’t think it’s old. This style will be alive forever.
Do you feel extra pressure to do well considering that Georgia won the contest last year?
Of course, it should be considered that Georgia won the contest last year, though I’ll try my best to represent Georgia in the best way.
Would you ever consider participating in the Eurovision Song Contest when you are older?
Why not? Anything could happen. Never say never.
How was your song chosen? Do you have any personal connection to the meaning of the song?
The professional judges chose the song and I have a great personal connection to the meaning of the song. I feel such a power of every word and I want the message to reach everybody’s heart.As the message is about the planet which is like a little child and needs our love and attention.
What do you imagine it will be like to represent your country at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest?
It’s such a great honour to represent Georgia in my home country, though it’s a huge responsibility as well.
Where in the world would you most like to visit?
I’d like to visit Spain, Barcelona, as my favourite football team is Barcelona.
Who is your idol, and what would you say to them if you had the chance to meet them?
My idol is definitely Michael Jackson. I would’ve loved to have met him.
How would you describe yourself in three words?
Determined, friendly, but a bit lazy.
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 Valetta, and took the victory with 239 points.