Preparations continue in Georgia as Iriao hold a photo shoot and filming takes place tomorrow for the Eurovision 2018 entry.
Iriao’s preparations for Eurovision 2018 are in full swing following a day of photo shoots. The band were joined by photographer Giorgi Tsaava for the shoot, with the images to be used as part of promotional material for the contest in May.
Iriao’s image concept was worked out by “Eurovision Group”. Five images have been selected for use, each being of classic style but different in styles.
Filming of the music video for “Sheni gulistvis” will take place tomorrow in Saguramo. The video is to be filmed by Director Zaza Orashvili, who has also been revealed as the creative director for Iriao’s performance on stage in Lisbon. The music video will feature dancers of ‘Erisioni’ Ensemble. GPB has not yet confirmed when the music video will be revealed.
Iriao will be performing “Sheni Gulistvis (For You)” on stage in Lisbon,.The song is composed by Davit Malazonia. Musical arrangement by Mikheil Mdinaradze, while author of the text is Irina Sanikidze.
Georgia’s participants in the Eurovision Song Contest revealed details about their song for Lisbon last month. The song will remain true to Iriao’s style and contain elements of Georgian Polyphony. Georgian Polyphony has been named by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The song will also be performed in Georgian, marking only the second time the language has been heard at Eurovision.
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.