The first live show of Georgian Idol took place last night in Tbilisi, with Merab Amzoevi becoming the first act eliminated from the show.
Merab Amzoevi has left Georgian Idol, having finished last in the televote with 2.55% of the vote. The winner of the first show was Tamar Kakalashvili scoring 16.53% of the vote, Tornike Kipiani was second and Barbara Samkharadze finished third.
The nine acts that are left in the running to represent Georgia at Eurovision 2020 are:
- Barbara Samkharadze
- Anri Guchmanidze
- Tornike Kipiani
- David Rusadze
- Nika Kalandadze
- Mariam Shengelia
- Mariam Gogiberidze
- Liza Shengelia
- Tamar Kakalashvili
Georgia is using Georgian Idol to select its representative at the Eurovision Song Contest for a second year in a row. This year the show will be used to select the singer that will represent Georgia in Rotterdam, while the song will be chosen internally by GPB.
Georgian Idol’s judging panel is formed of Natia Todua, Tinatin Berdzenishvili, David Evgenidze and David Aladashvili.
Oto Nemsadze was selected to represent Georgia in Tel Aviv with the song “Sul tsin iare” after winning Georgian Idol. He finished 14th in the first semi-final with 62 points.
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 they 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.