Tamar Edilashvili will represent Georgia at this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Minsk, Belarus.
Last year’s host country Georgia has selected Tamar Edilashvili to represent them at the 2018 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Tamar was selected after she won the national final selection show Ranina.
Tamar’s performance of “Mzeo, Lileo” at the final of Ranina.
The participants of Ranina performed with a symphony orchestra and famous Georgian singers every week, with five artists qualifying to the semi-final, and three artists featuring in the final. The results of each show were decided by a three-person jury, which changed every two weeks.
This was 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.
The 2018 edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Minsk, Belarus after the country won the bidding process before the 2017 contest even began. Olga Salamankha explained that Belarus was selected as the host for next years contest over other bids due to their long-term commitment to the competition. Belarus is one of a handful of countries to consistently hold a televised selection process to select their participants. Furthermore, the stability of Belarus as a nation was cited as a factor.
Confirmed to participate in the contest so far is:
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.