Georgia in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest

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Georgia
Georgia (country)
Member stationGPB
National selection events
Participation summary
Appearances12
First appearance2007
Best result1st: 2008, 2011, 2016
Worst result11th: 2014
External links
Georgia's page at Eurovision.tv
Song contest current event.png For the most recent participation see
Georgia in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018

The participation of Georgia in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest first began at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2007 which took place in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB), a member organisation of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), have been responsible for the selection process of their participants since their debut. The first representative to participate for the nation at the 2007 contest was Mariam Romelashvili with the song "Odelia Ranuni" (ოდელია რანუნი), which finished in fourth place out of seventeen participating entries, achieving a score of one hundred and sixteen points. Since their debut, Georgia have never missed an edition of the contest and is the only country to have won three times, in 2008, 2011 and 2016. They hosted the contest for the first time in 2017 at the Olympic Palace in Tbilisi.

History[edit]

Georgia's first entry was Mariam Romelashvili with the song "Odelia Ranuni", which finished fourth of 17 entries at the contest in Rotterdam in 2007. Georgia was represented in 2008 by Bzikebi with the song "Bzz..", performed in an imaginary language. The song went on to win the contest, receiving 154 points and a total of eight 12-point votes out of 14 countries, the second-highest proportion of 12 points received by a winner in either Eurovision Contests, just beaten by Anastasiya Petryk in 2012.

In 2009 Georgia sent the group Princesses with the song "Lurji prinveli". It placed sixth. In 2010, the broadcaster selected Mariam Kakhelishvili to represent Georgia at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2010 in Minsk with the song "Mari-Dari". Being one of the favourites she finished at 4th place with 109 points.

In 2011, Georgia won the contest again with the band Candy who performed the song "Candy Music". The song won the competition with 108 points making Georgia, along with Belarus and Malta, the only countries to win the contest twice.

In 2012 in Amsterdam, the Funkids took part with their song "Funky Lemonade" and came second after Ukraine. For the 2013 contest, the Smile Shop carried the Georgian flag in Kiev with "Give Me Your Smile", placing 5th with 91 points.

On 24 April 2014, it was announced that Georgia will participate in the 2014 contest.[1][2] Lizi Pop was chosen internally, but gave Georgia their worst results so far: an 11th place. However the official video of the song uploaded in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest YouTube channel is the second most viewed video, only behind Roksana Węgiel’s “Anyone I Want To Be”, counting more than 8 million views.

In 2015 in Bulgaria, The Virus took part with their song "Gabede" and came tenth.

In 2016, Georgia once again won the contest with the song "Mzeo" performed by Mariam Mamadashvili, making Georgia the first, and so far only country, to win the contest three times. Georgia hosted the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 on 26 November 2017.[3] In 2018,Tamar represented country with song "Your Voice" came 8th.

Participation[edit]

Table key

 1st place   2nd place   3rd place   Last place 

Year Artist Song Language Place Points
2007 Mariam Romelashvili "Odelia Ranuni" (ოდელია რანუნი) Georgian 4 116
2008 Bzikebi "Bzz.." Imaginary 1 154
2009 Princesses "Lurji prinveli" (ლურჯი ფრინველი) Georgian, English 6 68
2010 Mariam Kakhelishvili "Mari-Dari" (მარი-დარი) Imaginary 4 109
2011 Candy "Candy Music" Georgian, English 1 108
2012 Funkids "Funky Lemonade" Georgian, English 2 103
2013 The Smile Shop "Give Me Your Smile" Georgian, English 5 91
2014 Lizi Pop "Happy Day" Georgian, English 11 54
2015 The Virus "Gabede" (გაბედე) Georgian 10 51
2016 Mariam Mamadashvili "Mzeo" (მზეო) Georgian 1 239
2017 Grigol Kipshidze "Voice of the Heart" Georgian 2 185
2018 Tamar Edilashvili "Your Voice" Georgian, English 8 144
2019 Giorgi Rostiashvili

Photo gallery[edit]

Broadcasts and voting[edit]

Commentators and spokespersons[edit]

The contests are broadcast online worldwide through the official Junior Eurovision Song Contest website junioreurovision.tv and YouTube. In 2015, the online broadcasts featured commentary in English by junioreurovision.tv editor Luke Fisher and 2011 Bulgarian Junior Eurovision Song Contest entrant Ivan Ivanov.[4] The Georgian broadcaster, GPB, sent their own commentators to each contest in order to provide commentary in the Georgian language. Spokespersons were also chosen by the national broadcaster in order to announce the awarding points from Georgia. The table below list the details of each commentator and spokesperson since 2007.

Year(s) Commentator Spokesperson
2007 Temo Kvirkvelia Nino Epremidze
2008 Ana Davitaia
2009 Sofia Avtunashvili
2010 Temo Kvirkvelia Giorgi Toradze
2011 Elene Makashvili
2012 Candy
2013 Natia Bunturi and Giorgi Grdzelishvili Elene Megrelishvili
2014 Mero Chikashvili and Temo Kvirkvelia Mariam Khunjgurua
2015 Tuta Chkheidze Lizi Pop
2016 Demetre Ergemlidze Elene Sturua
2017 Lizi Tavberidze
2018 Helen Kalandadze and George Abashidze[5] Nikoloz Vasadze
2019 Ana Berishvili

Voting history[edit]

The tables below shows Georgia's top-five voting history rankings up until their most recent participation in 2018 and takes into account the new voting system which allows the adult and kids juries each to award a set of points, introduced by the European Broadcasting Union from the 2016 contest onwards.[6]

Hostings[edit]

Year Location Venue Presenters
2017 Georgia (country) Tbilisi Olympic Palace[7] Helen Kalandadze and Lizi Japaridze[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "#Georgia will participate in #JESC2014!". Official JESC Twitter account retweet(@JuniorESCPress). 22 April 2014. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  2. ^ Granger, Anthony (5 February 2014). "Georgia: JESC 2014 Participation Confirmed?". Eurovoix.com. Retrieved 5 February 2014.
  3. ^ "Junior Eurovision 2017 to take place on 26th November!". junioreurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. 16 March 2017. Retrieved 16 March 2017.
  4. ^ Fisher, Luke James (21 November 2015). "Tonight: Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015!". Junior Eurovision Song Contest – Bulgaria 2015. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
  5. ^ Granger, Anthony (22 November 2018). "Georgia: Helen Kalandadze Moves From Junior Eurovision Host to Commentator". Eurovoix. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  6. ^ Jordan, Paul (13 May 2016). "Format changes for the Junior Eurovision 2016". junioreurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  7. ^ Jordan, Paul (9 August 2017). "16 Countries to dazzle on stage in Tbilisi in 2017!". junioreurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
  8. ^ Jordan, Paul (3 October 2017). "Meet the hosts of Junior Eurovision 2017!". junioreurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 3 October 2017.

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