The fifth episode of Ranina was aired on Friday evening with five singers taking the theme of ‘Georgian Folklore’.
Georgia’s Junior Eurovision search continued on Friday with five acts returning to the stage to perform songs from Georgian folklore. As ever three judges awarded scores of up to 40 points to each singer. The results of the show were as follows:
- Nia Knichikashvili – 40, 40, 36 – 116 points
- Lela Kveniashvili – 37, 39, 39 – 115 points
- Gio Gagiashvili – 38, 37, 37 – 112 points
- Sesili Turmanidze – 40, 40, 39 – 119 points
- Rati Gelovani – 40, 40, 40 – 120 points
Each of the thematic rounds will be held featuring two episodes on each theme, all ten competing acts will be judged by a three member jury during these shows, the jury will change for each theme. The five acts that score the highest points total during these eight shows will then progress through to a semi-final. In the semi-final three acts will be chosen to compete in the final, the winner will represent Georgia in Warsaw.
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.