Georgia in the Eurovision Song Contest
|National selection events||National Final (2007–08, 2010–12)
Internal Selection (2007, 2010, 2013–)
|Appearances||7 (5 finals)|
|Best result||9th: 2010, 2011|
|Worst result||Last: 2014 SF|
|Georgia's page at Eurovision.tv|
Georgia has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest six times, debuting at the Eurovision Song Contest 2007. Although Georgia did plan to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009, it decided to withdraw after the European Broadcasting Union demanded it re-write its song which made reference to the Russian prime minister, Vladimir Putin.
History of Georgia at the Eurovision Song Contest
On 27 October 2006, Georgia, confirmed that they wished to debut at the Eurovision Song Contest 2007. At that time, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) still limited the contest to a maximum of 40 countries, however, in March 2007, it was announced that all 42 applicants would participate in the 2007 Contest in Helsinki. At the contest, Georgia managed to progress from the semi-final (where it scored 123 points, finishing 8th), but only came 12th (out of 24) in the final.
Georgia appeared for its second time in the contest for 2008, represented by Diana Gurtskaya with the song "Peace Will Come". It had slightly better luck than in 2007, progressing from the semi-final (where it scored 107 points, finishing 5th) and coming in 11th (out of 25) in the final.
Due to the 2008 South Ossetia war, it had been debated by Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) whether Georgia would be present at the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 in Moscow. GPB chairman stated that it would not be unreasonable to withdraw, but that they were under a time restraint since a national selection event would have to be organised if they chose to participate. On 28 August 2008, GBP announced that Georgia would withdraw from the 2009 contest, citing that they refuse to compete in a "country that violates human rights and international laws", as well as doubts being cast on the safety of their participants. After winning the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2008, and getting the maximum 12 points from Russia they were encouraged to participate again in 2009.
After a national final was held on 18 February 2009 the selected entry for Georgia was decided to be Stefane & 3G with their 70s-inspired song "We Don't Wanna Put In". However the song gained controversy due to the lyrics of the song, which included perceived political references to Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, which GPB denied. Nevertheless, the EBU banned the song from competing due to its lyrics, and asked GPB to either change the lyrics of the song or select another song to compete. GPB claimed that the EBU's rejection of the song was due to political pressure exerted by Russia, and withdrew again from the contest on 11 March.
Georgia returned to the Contest in 2010, after a one-year gap, and was represented by 23-year-old singer Sopho Nizharadze. Sopho sang the song "Shine" at the Contest, written by Hanne Sørvaag, Harry Sommerdahl and Christian Leuzzi. Georgia competed in the second semi-final of the contest on 27 May, performing in the 16th slot, and qualified for the final. Georgia came 9th in the final, with 136 points, achieving their best place so far.
In 2011, Georgia sent the rock band Eldrine to the contest in Düsseldorf, Germany. They managed to equal Sopho Nizharadze's 9th place of the year before.
In 2012, Georgia sent Anri Jokhadze to the contest in Baku, Azerbaijan with the song "I'm a Joker", Anri was the first male entrant ever to represent Georgia at Eurovision. On 24 May 2012, he became the first Georgian representative to fail to reach the Eurovision Song Contest final.
In 2013, Georgia selected its entry internally. Sopho Gelovani & Nodiko Tatishvili was the first duo to represent Georgia in Eurovision. The song was produced by 2012's winning composer Thomas G:Son. In the second semi-final Georgia qualified in 10th, and in the final Georgia came in 15th place with 50 points.
In 2014, Georgia selected jazz fusion band The Shin alongside vocalist Mariko Ebralidze to the contest in Copenhagen, Denmark. Their song, Three Minutes to Earth, was panned by critics and placed last in the second semi-final. This is the worst Georgian result to date.
- Table key
|2007||Sopho Khalvashi||English||"Visionary Dream"||12||97||8||123|
|2008||Diana Gurtskaya||English||"Peace Will Come"||11||83||5||107|
|2009||Stephane & 3G||English||"We Don't Wanna Put In"||Disqualifieda|
|2011||Eldrine||English||"One More Day"||9||110||6||74|
|2012||Anri Jokhadze||English, Georgian||"I'm a Joker"||Failed to qualify||14||36|
|2013||Sopho Gelovani & Nodiko Tatishvili||English||"Waterfall"||15||50||10||63|
|2014||The Shin & Mariko||English||"Three Minutes to Earth"||Failed to qualify||15||15|
- a. ^ Withdrew from the contest after the EBU found the lyrics as a breach of rules regarding political messages, and did not comply to change them.
As of 2014, Georgia's voting history is as follows:
Marcel Bezençon Awards
|Year||Song||Performer||Final Result||Points||Host city|
|2013||"Waterfall"||Nodi and Sophie||15th||50||Malmö|
Commentators and spokespersons
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|2007||Sandro Gabisonia and Sopho Altunashvili||Neli Agirba|
|2008||Bibi Kvachadze||Tika Patsatsia|
|2009||No Broadcast||Georgia did not participate|
|2010||Sopho Altunishvili||Mariam Vashadze|
|2011||Sopho Altunishvili||Sofia Nizharadze|
|2012||Temo Kvirkvelia||Sopho Toroshelidze|
|2014||Lado Tatishvili and Tamuna Museridze||Sopho Gelovani and Nodiko Tatishvili|
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- Points to and from Georgia eurovisioncovers.co.uk