Iriao has released their song “For You”.
Georgian group Iriao has released their song for the Eurovision Song Contest. Composed by Davit Malazonia, “For You” or “Sheni gulistvis” is sung entirely in Georgian.
Filming of the music video for “Sheni gulistvis” took place in Saguramo. The video was 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.
Iriao will be performing “Sheni Gulistvis (For You)” on stage in Lisbon. Musical arrangement is by Mikheil Mdinaradze, while author of the text is Irina Sanikidze.
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 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.