Georgia’s Junior Eurovision national final selection show “Ranina” will begin In January 2018 and pan out over three months.
Georgian broadcaster GPB has revealed that “Ranina” will begin in January of next year. The three-month-long competition will feature multiple episodes and will be used to select Georgia’s next Junior Eurovision entry for 2018. Singers aged between 8 and 13 years old were encouraged to attend the auditions back in October at the GPB Studios. From there, the broadcaster has selected the artists they want to participate in the competition, who have the chance to sing with famous Georgian singers on the show.
This year’s Georgian participant Grigol Kipshidze invited ten contending artists to the Olympic Palace, the venue in which the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 will be held. There, he gave details on this year’s contest, while asking questions about the national final that they will be taking part in. Grigol will be singing “Voice Of The Heart” for Georgia this year, which is sung entirely in Georgian.
This is not the first time that Georgia will use a national final to select their Junior Eurovision entry, as from their debut in 2007, all the way up to 2011, they used a televised final.
Georgia will be hosting the 2017 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in the capital Tbilisi this Sunday, 26th November. 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 at 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.
Georgia has 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.