Georgia will begin their Junior Eurovision selection process on September 11th.
This afternoon the Georgian broadcaster GPB has confirmed that their Junior Eurovision selection show Ranina will kick off on September 11th at 10pm local time. The show has been used to select the Georgian representative for the contest since 2018.
More details regarding the selection, such as the host and jury members, will be released in the upcoming weeks. In previous seasons of the show, we’ve seen ten contestants compete across multiple shows, with five of them progressing to the semi-final. From there, three singers will be selected for the final.
Last year at Junior Eurovision 2020 ten-year-old Sandra Gadelia was selected to represent her country after winning Ranina. She sang the song “You Are Not Alone”, a song written and composed by Giga Kukhianidze and Temo Sajaia. She came 6th out of 12 acts in Poland.
Junior Eurovision 2021
The 2021 Junior Eurovision Song Contest will take place in La Seine Musicale, Paris, France on Sunday 19th December. The contest will be hosted by France for the first time following Valentina’s victory at the 2020 contest with her song “J’imagine”.
The following nineteen countries will participate in the contest:
- Azerbaijan – Sona Azizova
- The Netherlands
- North Macedonia
- Portugal – Simão Oliveira
Source: ESCUnited | Image source: GPB/EBU
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.