Georgian national broadcaster GPB has kicked off the #GeorgiaForYou campaign to support Iriao at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.
The #GeorgiaForYou campaign has begun, as GPB builds support around Iriao, this years Georgian Eurovision participants. The campaign centers around well known Georgians show their support for Iriao, taking part in the videos are;
- Eka Mamaladze
- Members of “Georgian Voices”
- Zaza Majanishvili
- Misha Mdinaradze
- Nato Metonidze
- Liza Bagrationi
- Datuna AladashviliZviad Bolkvadze
The videos will be posted on the official Facebook page for the First Channel of GPB. The videos will call on Georgian emigrants to get involved in the campaign and vote for Georgia in Lisbon. There are over 300,000 ethnic Georgians living outside of the country. Any interested person can shoot the video and upload it on facebook page – share love and support to Georgia.
Iriao will be performing “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.