Auditions for Georgian Idol, the Georgian selection process for Eurovision 2019 have begun in Tbilisi this weekend.
The first day of auditions for Georgian Idol has taken place in Tbilisi. Throughout Saturday a large number of hopeful singers took part in the first of three days of auditions that will take place in Tbilisi over the course of the next weeks.
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Georgian Idol will be used to select the singer that will represent the nation at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. Georgia’s Idol already has a connection with Eurovision. Season 4 winner Nodiko Tatishvili and season 5 runner-up Sopho Gelovani represented Georgia in 2013 with “Waterfall”. They finished 15th in the final with 50 points. Georgia is the fourth country that are selecting their Eurovision representative through a televised talent show, after Malta, Israel and Spain.
The dates of the remaining audition rounds are as follows:
- October 30 – Telavi & Gurjaani
- October 31 – Akhmeta & Lagodekhi
- November 1 – Gori
- November 2 – Borjomi & Akhaltsikhe
- November 3 – Tbilisi
- November 4 – Tbilisi
- November 6 – Chiatura
- November 7 – Kutaisi
Georgian Idol will be broadcast on GPB from January 1, 2019.
Georgia’s most recent attempt was in 2018 with “For You” by Ethno-Jazz Band Iriao. The song finished in last place in the second semi final in Lisbon.
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Georgia debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2007, they were represented by Sopho Khalvashi and the song “Visionary Dream”. Sopho finished 12th 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 EBU asked for Georgia to rewrite the lyrics of the song or change the song completely.