Georgia: Jazz Group Iriao reveal final Eurovision 2018 entry “For You”


Last year saw Tamara Gachechiladze give us a fiery performance of “Keep The Faith”. Now Georgia are going down a different road. For the first time ever, Georgia’s Public Broadcaster (GPB) are offering us a Georgian-language song, building on this year’s dominant theme of authenticity.

After being announced way back in December, Iriao’s entry “For You” is finally out. And with that the field is complete. We now know all 43 participating songs of Eurovision 2018!


The members of Iriao join in throughout the song, adding complex harmonies and counter-melodies. This is a true combination of jazz, classic, polyphony and different complimentary melodies. It creates something definitely unique for the contest — there ain’t anything else like this.

The music video was shot in Saguramo, a scenic location north-west of Tbilisi. Zaza Orashvili — the man behind Junior Eurovision 2017’s postcards — directed the music video for the Georgian entry.

He will direct their Eurovision stage show as well. Production Designer is Shako Popiashvili and Megi Gabunia created five different costumes for the video. Finally, dancers of the ensemble “Erisioni” are involved in the music video.

The song is composed by Davit Malazonia, with the arrangement credited to Mikheil Mdinaradze. Irina Sanikidze penned the track’s lyrics.


The band was originally founded by David Malazonia in 2013. David is considered to be one of the first Georgian composers to combine the genres of jazz and Georgian folk together. He’s also has a busy career as a composer. Over the last 30 years, he’s written for artists in both Georgia and Germany, and composed for both TV and theatre.

Iriao has cut their numbers for Eurovision from seven to five! The band currently has five members: Levan Abshilava (drums, percussion), Shalva Gelekva (bass), George Abashidze (vocals), Mikheil Javakhishvili (vocals) and Bidzina Murgulia (vocals).

What do you think about “For You”? Do you think Iriao has a chance of making the final? Let us know all your thoughts in the comments section below!

Photo by Georgian Public Broadcaster