GPB, the Georgian national broadcaster, has revealed that Ranina, the Georgian selection for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018, will begin on March 2.
The selection will feature various heats, quarterfinals, semi-finals and the grand final. There will be 11 shows in total, which will last three months in total.
Ten artists will participate in the heats, which will take place every Friday. They will perform with a symphony orchestra and famous Georgian singers. From there, four artists will go through to the semi-final, and then the final will feature three artists. The results of each show will be decided by a three-person jury, which will change every two weeks.
The participating artists are:
- Giorgi Tsisakadze
- Tamar Edilashvili
- Alexander Zazarashvili
- Nikoloz Gogichaishvili
- Davit Kimeridze
- Nita Jakhua
- Anastasia Togonidze
- Nikoloz Vasadze
- Maria-Elene Bezhashvili
- Mariam Saginashvili
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 hosted the 2017 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in the capital Tbilisi. Sixteen countries took part in the 15th edition of the show, including returning country Portugal, who hadn’t participated since 2007. The contest took place at the Olympic Palace in Tbilisi, Georgia on Sunday 26th November. This was the first time Georgia hosted any Eurovision event.
Georgia in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
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.