Demetre Ergemlidze will return to the Eurovision commentary booth for a second year, as he is confirmed as Georgia’s commentator for Lisbon.
Journalist and television presenter Demetre Ergemlidze has been confirmed by GPB as the country’s commentator for this years Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal. This years contest will be broadcast live via the First Channel.
Demetre Ergemlidze made his first appearance as a Eurovision commentator at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Malta. He has since gone on to commentate at both the Eurovision and Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017.
Georgia has had eight different commentators at the Eurovision Song Contest since debuting in the competition in 2007. With Sopho Altunishvili currently holding the record for commentary at three contests in 2007, 2010 and 2011.
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.