Georgia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019

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Eurovision Song Contest 2019
Country Georgia
National selection
Selection processGeorgian Idol
Selection date(s)Audition shows
5 January 2019
12 January 2019
19 January 2019
Live shows:
26 January 2019
2 February 2019
9 February
16 February 2019
23 February 2019
Final:
3 March 2019
Selected entrantOto Nemsadze
Selected song"Sul tsin iare"
Selected songwriter(s)Roman Giorgadze
Finals performance
Semi-final resultFailed to qualify (14th, 62 points)
Georgia in the Eurovision Song Contest
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Georgia participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. The Georgian Public Broadcaster announced that they will choose their entrant and entry through the means of the talent show Georgian Idol.[1][2]

Background[edit]

Prior to the 2019 Contest, Georgia had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest ten times since their first entry in 2007.[3] The nation's highest placing in the contest, to this point, has been ninth place, which was achieved on two occasions: in 2010 with the song "Shine" performed by Sofia Nizharadze and in 2011 with the song "One More Day" performed by Eldrine. The nation briefly withdrew from the contest in 2009 after the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) rejected the Georgian entry, "We Don't Wanna Put In", for perceived political references to Vladimir Putin who was the Russian Prime Minister at the time.[4][5] The withdrawal and fallout was tied to tense relations between Georgia and then host country Russia, which stemmed from the 2008 Russo-Georgian War.[6] Following the introduction of semi-finals, Georgia has, to this point, failed to qualify to the final on four occasions. In 2017, Georgia failed to qualify to the final with the song "Keep the Faith" performed by Tamara Gachechiladze. Georgia also failed to qualify in 2018.

The Georgian national broadcaster, Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB), broadcasts the event within Georgia and organises the selection process for the nation's entry. GPB confirmed their intentions to participate at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest on 2 October 2017.[7] Georgia has selected their entry for the Eurovision Song Contest both through national finals and internal selections in the past. In 2013 and 2014, GPB opted to internally select the Georgian entry, in 2015, the Georgian entry was selected via a national final, and in 2016, the artist was internally selected while the song was chosen in a national final. For their 2017 participation, the entry was selected through a national final. In 2018 the artist was internally selected. In 2019, the artist will be selected by "Georgian Idol"

Before Eurovision[edit]

Georgian Idol was used to select their artist for 2019. The final was held on the 3rd of March. Songwriters of any nationality were able to submit their song entries from 21 December 2018 to 1 February 2019.[8] GPB received over 200 entries, and a seven-member selection committee cut down all of the submissions to three songs.[9] The selected songs were performed by the final four finalists. From the selected compositions, the candidates will select their respective entries for the national final.[10]

Georgian Idol[edit]

Contestant progress in the live shows[edit]

Colour key

     – Contestant was in the bottom two
     – Contestant was in the bottom three
     – Contestant received the fewest public votes and was eliminated
     – Contestant received the most public votes
Contestant Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6
Oto Nemsadze 1st
14.84%
1st
21.90%
2nd
22.57%
2nd
23.09%
2nd
27.23%
1st
44.13%
Liza Kalandadze 3rd
12.97%
2nd
19.42%
1st
24.05%
1st
33.03%
1st
30.18%
2nd
35.51%
Giorgi Nakashidze 7th
7.39%
6th
9.25%
3rd
11.98%
3rd
12.59%
3rd
14.51%
3rd
11.06%
Giorgi Pruidze 6th
8.93%
4th
9.87%
5th
10.96%
4th
10.44%
4th
14.35%
4th
9.30%
Nini Tsnobiladze 8th
7.14%
5th
9.79%
6th
9.93%
5th
10.39%
5th
13.73%
Eliminated
(week 5)
Tamar Lachkhepiani 2nd
13.57%
3rd
12.94%
4th
11.59%
6th
9.65%
Eliminated
(week 4)
Ikako Aleksidze 5th
11.28%
7th
8.73%
7th
8.92%
Eliminated
(week 3)
Dima Kobeshavidze 4th
12.15%
8th
8.10%
Eliminated
(week 2)
Mariam Kakhelishvili 9th
6.44%
Eliminated
(week 1)
Beso Nemsadze 10th
5.29%
Eliminated
(week 1)

Shows[edit]

Auditions (5–19 January 2019)[edit]
Show 1 (5 January 2019)
Draw Artist Song Result
1 Tamar Lachkhepiani "Over the Rainbow" Advanced
"Ar madzinebs"
2 Mariam Dokvadze "A Natural Woman" Advanced
"Lale"
3 Giorgi Chomakhidze "Tequila" Eliminated
4 Santa impersonator "Let It Snow" Eliminated
5 Davit Kalandadze "White Christmas" Advanced
6 Afik Navruzov Advanced
7 Natia Nanobashvili "Clown" Advanced
"Neta martla gqvarebodi"
8 Giorgi Nakashidze "Radioactive" Advanced
"Natvris khe"
9 Ikako Aleksidze "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" Advanced
10 Eto Tskipurishvili "Can't Help Falling in Love" Eliminated
11 Avtandil Kukhianidze "Strangers in the Night" Eliminated
12 Mariam Zhordania "Love on the Brain" Advanced
"Postalionis simghera"
13 Mariam Goguadze "Burnin' Up" Advanced
Show 2 (12 January 2019)
1 Liza Mebonia "Summertime" Advanced
2 Pini Kapanadze "Oh! Darling" Advanced
3 Giorgi Pruidze "Kiss from a Rose" Advanced
"Sakutari simghera"
4 Gedevan Kevlishvili "Bebos ajika" Advanced
5 Imeda Davitadze "O rakaia" Eliminated
6 Beso Nemsadze "Ra ikneba shens makhloblad mets viqo" Advanced
7 Oto Nemsadze "Billie Jean" Advanced
8 Maria Tsimintia "I Wanna Be Loved by You" Advanced
"Highway to Hell"
9 Anastasia Pirveli "I Wish You Love" Advanced
10 Iru Khechanovi "She Wolf (Falling to Pieces)" Advanced
"Me Tbilisis kuchebshi"
11 Dima Kobeshavidze "Sait midikhar" Advanced
"Make It Rain"
12 Mariam Buadze "Simghera dolaris kursze" Eliminated
13 Aleqsandre Chekunovi "Because I Got High" Eliminated
14 Liza Kalandadze "Kari Kris" Advanced
"Nature Boy"
Show 3 (19 January 2019)
1 Bacho Chania "Numb" Advanced
2 Isev shen "Isev shen" Advanced
3 Dzmadnapitsebi Rustavelis 16-idan "Havana" Advanced
4 Levan Morbedadze "Simghera Rustavze" Eliminated
5 Barbare Sukhitashvili "Fallin'" Eliminated
6 Tamuna Liluashvili "Reflection" Advanced
7 Malibu Tughushi Advanced
8 Willie Tyrone "Drown" Advanced
9 Nini Tsnobiladze "I'd Rather Go Blind" Advanced
10 Sali Mirianashvili "Do It Like a Dude" Advanced
11 Mariam Kakhelishvili "Golden Slumbers" Advanced
Second qualification round (19 January 2019)[edit]
Draw Artist Song Result
1 Gedevan Kevlishvili "Born This Way" (Lady Gaga) Eliminated
2 Liza Mebonia "When We Were Young" Eliminated
3 Willie Tyrone "Faith" Eliminated
4 Oto Ghurtskaia "Wander This World" Eliminated
5 Mariam Kakhelishvili "One Moment in Time" Advanced
6 Mariam Dokvadze "You Got to Love Me" Eliminated
7 Ikako Aleksidze "Never Enough" Advanced
8 Sali Mirianashvili "Runnin' (Lose It All)" Eliminated
9 Eto Tskipurishvili "I Will" Eliminated
10 Dima Kobeshavidze "Let It Be" Advanced
11 Mariam Goguadze "We Found Love" Eliminated
12 Liza Kalandadze "You Only Live Twice" Advanced
13 Nini Tsnobiladze "Golden" Advanced
14 Giorgi Pruidze "A Song for You" Advanced
15 Natia Nanobashvili "What a Girl Wants" Eliminated
16 Giorgi Nakashidze "Enter Sandman" Advanced
17 Malibu Tugushi "Hello" Eliminated
18 Beso Nemsadze "Ya ne sdamsya bez boyu" Advanced
19 Tamuna Liluashvili "It's a Man's, Man's, Man's World" Eliminated
20 Oto Nemsadze "Heaven on Their Minds" Advanced
21 Tamar Lachkhepiani "That's Life" Advanced
22 Mariam Zhordania "Rolling on the River" Eliminated
Live show 1 (26 January 2019)[edit]
Draw Artist Song Televote Result
1 Giorgi Pruidze "Somebody to Love" 8.93% Advanced
2 Nini Tsnobiladze "These Are the Days of Our Lives" 7.14% Advanced
3 Oto Nemsadze "We Will Rock You" 14.84% Advanced
"We Are the Champions"
4 Ikako Aleksidze "Under Pressure" 11.28% Advanced
5 Beso Nemsadze "Fat Bottomed Girls" 5.29% Eliminated
6 Tamar Lachkhepiani "Radio Gaga" 13.57% Advanced
7 Giorgi Nakashidze "The Show Must Go On" 7.39% Advanced
8 Liza Kalandadze "Who Wants to Live Forever" 12.97% Advanced
9 Dima Kobeshavidze "Love of My Life" 12.15% Advanced
10 Mariam Kakhelishvili "I Want to Break Free" 6.44% Eliminated
Live show 2 (2 February 2019)[edit]
Draw Artist Song Televote Result
1 Giorgi Pruidze "Naiarevs" 9.87% Advanced
2 Ikako Aleksidze "Silent Swim" 8.73% Advanced
"Zghvas gavkhar"
3 Tamar Lachkhepiani "Miqvarkhar" 12.94% Advanced
"Istorias darcheba"
4 Dima Kobeshavidze "Mango" 8.10% Eliminated
5 Nini Tsnobiladze "Menatreba" 9.79% Advanced
6 Giorgi Nakashidze "Modi ak" 9.25% Advanced
7 Liza Kalandadze "Orghani 78" 19.42% Advanced
8 Oto Nemsadze "Sakartvelo" 21.90% Advanced
Live show 3 (9 February 2019)[edit]
Draw Artist Song Televote Result
1 Tamar Lachkhepiani "Lale" 11.59% Advanced
2 Nini Tsnobiladze "Kuchashi ertkhel" 9.93% Advanced
3 Giorgi Nakashidze "Natvris khe" 11.98% Advanced
4 Giorgi Pruidze "Mze da shokoladebi" 10.96% Advanced
5 Ikako Aleksidze "Didkhans gelodi" 8.92% Eliminated
6 Oto Nemsadze "Nami vels" 22.57% Advanced
7 Liza Kalandadze "Artificial Love" 24.05% Advanced
Live show 4 (16 February 2019)[edit]
Draw Artist Song Televote Result
1 Tamar Lachkhepiani "Serenada" 9.65% Eliminated
2 Giorgi Pruidze "Me saidumlos shenakhva vitsi" 10.44% Advanced
3 Liza Kalandadze "Shemodgomis qvavilebs" 33.03% Advanced
4 Giorgi Nakashidze "Kari Kris" 12.59% Advanced
5 Nini Tsnobiladze "Qviteli potlebi" 10.39% Advanced
6 Oto Nemsadze "Tselitsadis 4 dro" 23.09% Advanced
Live show 5 (23 February 2019)[edit]
Draw Artist Song Televote Result
1 Oto Nemsadze "Come Together" 27.23% Advanced
"Rats am kveqnad siqvaruli mefods"
2 Giorgi Pruidze "Feeling Good" 14.35% Advanced
"Emotions"
3 Nini Tsnobiladze "Am I The One" 13.73% Eliminated
"Chemtan aghar"
4 Liza Kalandadze "I Put a Spell on You" 30.18% Advanced
"Nu medzakhi"
5 Giorgi Nakashidze "Sweet Dreams" 14.51% Advanced
"Petkavs"
Final (3 March 2019)[edit]
Draw Artist Song (English Translation) Songwriter(s) Televote[a] Place
1 Giorgi Nakashidze "Sul tsin iare" (Keep on Going) Roman Giorgadze 13,483 (11.06%) 3
2 Liza Kalandadze "Sevdisperi zgva" (Silent sea) Levan Basharuli 43,289 (35.51%) 2
3 Oto Nemsadze "Sul tsin iare" (Keep on Going) Roman Giorgadze 53,798 (44.13%) 1
4 Giorgi Pruidze "Me mjera" (I believe) Tamar Babilua 11,337 (9.30%) 4
  1. ^ These are approximate figures derived from the total number of votes[11] received through Facebook Messenger, 121,908, and the percentages revealed after the final.

Promotion[edit]

Nemsadze made several appearances across Europe to specifically promote "Sul Tsin Iare" as the Georgian Eurovision entry. On 6 April, he performed during the Eurovision in Concert event at the AFAS Live venue in Amsterdam, hosted by Cornald Maas and Marlayne, to over 4500 spectators.[12]

At Eurovision[edit]

According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the "Big 5" (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) split up the competing countries into six different pots based on voting patterns from previous contests, with countries with favourable voting histories put into the same pot. On 28 January 2019, a special allocation draw was held which placed each country into one of the two semi-finals, as well as which half of the show they would perform in. Georgia was placed into the first semi-final, to be held on 14 May 2019, and was scheduled to perform in the second half of the show.[13]

Once all the competing songs for the 2019 contest had been released, the running order for the semi-finals was decided by the shows' producers rather than through another draw, so that similar songs were not placed next to each other. Georgia was set to perform in position 11, following the entry from Belgium and preceding the entry from Australia.[14]

Semi-final[edit]

Georgia performed eleventh in the first semi-final, following the entry from Belgium and preceding the entry from Australia.At the end of the show, Georgia was not announced among the top 10 entries in the first semi-final and therefore failed to qualify to compete in the final.It was later revealed that Georgia placed fourteenth in the semi-final, receiving a total of 62 points: 33 points from the televoting and 29 points from the juries.

Voting[edit]

Voting during the three shows involved each country awarding two sets of points from 1-8, 10 and 12: one from their professional jury and the other from televoting. Each nation's jury consisted of five music industry professionals who are citizens of the country they represent, with their names published before the contest to ensure transparency. This jury judged each entry based on: vocal capacity; the stage performance; the song's composition and originality; and the overall impression by the act. In addition, no member of a national jury was permitted to be related in any way to any of the competing acts in such a way that they cannot vote impartially and independently. The individual rankings of each jury member as well as the nation's televoting results will be released shortly after the grand final.[15]

Points awarded to Georgia[edit]

Points awarded to Georgia (Semi-final 1)
Televote
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point
Jury
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

Points awarded by Georgia[edit]

Split voting results[edit]

The following five members comprised the Georgian jury:[15]

  • Khatuna Koberidze – Chairperson – radio musical program producer
  • Mariko Lezhava – singer, vocal coach (Georgian National Final 2017)
  • Boris Shkhiani – musical producer
  • Levan Abshilava – singer (member of Iriao)
  • Lado

References[edit]

  1. ^ Granger, Anthony (1 December 2018). "Georgia: Georgian Idol Final to Take Place on March 2".
  2. ^ eurovisiontj (22 October 2018). "Georgia Idol to select both Artist and Song for Tel Aviv!".
  3. ^ "Georgia Country Profile". EBU. Retrieved 20 November 2014.
  4. ^ Bakker, Sietse (10 March 2009). "Georgian song lyrics do not comply with Rules". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 20 November 2014.
  5. ^ Jonze, Tim (11 March 2009). "Eurovision 2009: Georgia pulls out of contest over 'Putin song'". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 November 2014.
  6. ^ "Putin jibe picked for Eurovision". BBC News. 19 February 2009. Retrieved 20 November 2014.
  7. ^ "Georgia: GPB confirms participation in Eurovision 2018". esctoday.com. Esctoday. 2 October 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  8. ^ Granger, Anthony (21 December 2018). "Georgia: GPB Launches Search for Eurovision 2019 Song". Eurovoix.
  9. ^ Granger, Anthony (16 February 2018). "Georgia: Evaluation of Songs For Eurovision 2019 Underway". Eurovoix.
  10. ^ Jiandani, Sanjay (February 18, 2019). "Georgia: GPB to present Georgian song in Eurovision 2019". esctoday.
  11. ^ "Georgia: Over 120,000 Messenger votes". 4 March 2019. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  12. ^ "This was Eurovision in Concert 2019 in Amsterdam". Eurovision.tv. 6 April 2019.
  13. ^ Jordan, Paul (28 January 2019). "Eurovision 2019: Which country takes part in which Semi-Final?". eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  14. ^ "Exclusive: This is the Eurovision 2019 Semi-Final running order!". eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. 2 April 2019. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  15. ^ a b Groot, Evert (30 April 2019). "Exclusive: They are the judges who will vote in Eurovision 2019!". Eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 30 April 2019.