Helen Kalandadze will compete in the Georgian national final show for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.
Georgian media have reported that Helen Kalandadze will be competing for the chance to represent Georgia at the Eurovision Song Contest next year, despite the fact that no national final plans have yet been revealed. In an interview with eurovision.ge, Helen stated that she would like to represent her country on the Eurovision stage and that her song has already been written.
Her song has been composed by Aleko Berdzenishvili, and “fun, colourful, and happy”. Helen says that she wanted Europe to get a message of joy from Georgia. Eurovision fans make recognise Helen, as she co-hosted this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Tbilisi.
No plans for a Georgian national final for the Eurovision Song Contest have yet been revealed. Georgia chose their 2017 participant through a twenty-five strong televised national final, in which Tamara Gachechiladze came out on top. With her song “Keep The Faith”, she failed to qualify for the Grand Final in Kyiv, placing 11th with 99 points. This was the first time that the country had opted for a selection show since 2012 when the country selected Anri with the song ‘I’m a Joker’.
Georgia debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2007, they were represented by Sopho Khalvashi and the song “Visionary Dream”. Sopho finished 8th in the final scoring 97 points, the song received 12 points from the televoters in Lithuania. Georgia has only ever missed one contest since their debut, this was in 2009 when Georgia had selected Stephane & 3G with “We Don’t Wanna Put In”, the song proved controversial for its lyrics aimed at the Russian President. The EBU asked for Georgia to rewrite the lyrics of the song or change the song completely. Georgia was forced to withdraw as it continued to state the lyrics were not of a political nature.