On December 17 the team from wiwibloggs met with Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) in Tbilisi to discuss details of their upcoming national selection for Eurovision 2015. Excitement is high at GPB because the broadcaster is upping its game for this year’s contest, staging a public call for songs followed by a nationally televised selection.
As previously reported, GPB will close its submission period on December 20 and an internal panel will then narrow the submissions down to five songs which will be presented to the public on December 31. Today we learned that each song will be assigned a telephone number and the Georgian public will have until January 14 to vote for their favourites. Yes, that’s two entire weeks. (Hey, it takes time to make an informed decision). On the evening of January 14 the singers will perform their song live on TV. The public votes will be combined with the votes of an international jury to decide the winner.
Georgia has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest six times, debuting in 2007. Last year Georgia selected the jazz fusion band The Shin alongside vocalist Mariko Ebralidze to perform in Copenhagen. Mariko & The Shin failed to qualify for the final. But there is a silver lining: their low placing has inspired this year’s exciting effort.
What do you think of the two-week voting rule? Are you excited Georgia is staging a national selection?