Iriao have revealed that they will be performing in Georgian at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in an interview with Sputnik Georgia.
Iriao have revealed more details about their participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, when the band sat down with Sputnik Georgia earlier this week. The band who were revealed as the Georgian entrants in Eurovision 2018 on December 31st, have announced that they will be performing in Georgian in Lisbon at the request of GPB, with some lyrics in English.
The song that they will perform on stage in Lisbon has been written by Dato Malazonia, the founder of the group. The song is described as;
Melodic, easy and understandable
A number of different versions of the song have been produced by Dato for the competition. The group sat down a few days ago to listen to all of the songs and will work closely with GPB to make a decision on which will make it to the Eurovision stage.
The group stated that there has been some backlash against their selection as the Georgian entrant but that they are of course, joyful at being selected but at the same time it is a big responsibility.
The next few months will be busy for Iriao, in February they will travel to Portugal to film their postcard for the competition in May. RTP had previously revealed that they would be working with the Portuguese tourism board to bring the artists to the country and promote Portugal across Europe.
Georgian has only been heard at the Eurovision Song Contest once before in 2012. At the 2012 contest Anri Jokhadze performed “I’m A Joker” which contained lyrics in both Georgian and English. The song failed to qualify from the semi-finals, placing 14th with 36 points.
Source: Sputnik Georgia
Georgia in the Eurovision Song Contest
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.