After two years of internal selections which produced mostly mixed results for the country, Georgia’s broadcaster GPB has announced they are bringing back the national final. Power to the people!
But before we head over to Tbilisi on 14 January, the broadcaster has today opened their song submission process until the 20 December. Christmas may be 22 days away, but artists from across Georgia have only 17 days to submit their songs. Those wishing to participate are asked to submit their songs, along with a photo and CV, to the postal address #68 Kostava Street.
On December 31 — that’s New Year’s Eve — the state broadcaster will present five songs to the public. They’ll then have two weeks to think about their favourite before the January 14 final. On that night the public — and an international jury — will decide the winner.
2012 was the last time the national final was used, eventually won by Anri Jokhadze with “I’m a Joker”. He failed to qualify from the semi-final at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest.
Eurovision predecessors Mariko & The Shin also failed to qualify from the semi-final earlier this year, finishing rock bottom with their entry “Three Minutes To Earth”.