During its eight appearances at the Eurovision Song Contest, Georgia has experienced its highs (ninth place in 2010 and 2011) and lows (elimination in 2012 and 2014). But from blind singers with moving messages to edgy women battling smoke machines, Tbilisi always makes an impression. Below are five artists who we’d love to see channel Georgia’s fighting spirit on the Eurovision 2016 stage in Stockholm.
1. Katie Melua
Born in Georgia, Katie Melua and her family moved to Northern Ireland before settling in England when she was a teenager. The starlet announced her arrival in Britain in 2003 with her debut album “Call Off the Search”, which topped the UK charts for six weeks before going six times platinum. In 2006 she was the United Kingdom’s best-selling female artist and Europe’s highest-selling female artist. Having sold more than 11 million albums and one million concert tickets, she has nothing left to prove. Perhaps that will give her the freedom to take her unique and astonishing voice to Eurovision on behalf of her Motherland? In interviews she has said that she is proud of her British citizenship, but still considers herself Georgian.
The son of a Georgian billionaire, Bera Ivanishvili is known to his fans simply as Bera. He’s classically trained on the piano, drums and violin, and counts Ray Charles, Tupac and Michael Jackson among his musical influences. All of that feeds into his sound, which melds pop, hip-hop and R&B. Born with albinism, he’s a huge star at home, but has a growing profile abroad, too. He hosted the VMA 2014 Pre-Party with Chris Brown and Pia Mia.
4. Nini Tsnobiladze
Nini Tsnobiladze is a Georgian singer who finished as runner-up on the Georgian Edition of The Voice. She recently recorded the song ”Down” with Nina Sublatti, which became a huge hit in Georgia.
5. The BearFox
The BearFox is an experimental Georgian band. They say they take inspiration from all that’s natural — animals, birds, human relationships, true friendships and a genuine love of music. Lead vocalist Mebo Nutsubidze participated in the Georgian edition of X Factor and after that The Voice of Ukraine.
So what do you think? Who is Georgia’s best chance for a win at Eurovision 2016? You can vote for as many acts as you’d like, but you can only vote one time. You can also write in the name of another artist if we left them out.