This morning the Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) has revealed that it’s going internal for Eurovision 2016. After weighing its options, sizing up its stars, and debating behind closed doors, officials have selected the indie band Nika Kocharov & Young Georgian Lolitaz for Stockholm. The name “Lolitaz” may suggest something cutesy and sensual, and smack of the Vladimir Nabakov novel, but the band is actually comprised of guys. They are: Nika Kocharov (vocals, guitar), Gia Iashvili (vocals, bass), Nick Davitashvili (guitar, keyboards) and Dima Oganesian (drums).
Open call for songs
So far reaction online has skewed a bit negative, with some fans drawing comparisons to (2014 disaster) Mariko & The Shin. But we don’t have a song yet so perhaps it’s best to withhold judgment for now — especially since GPB is casting its net wide to find a song.
The broadcaster has announced an open call for songs, requesting numbers with a “melodic song structure of alternative and indie rock with electronic beats, synths and/or samples, and club orientation of post-disco dance music.” Basically they want to get oximated. Songwriters are asked to send their songs as audio files, along with a photo and a CV, to [email protected] between December 15 and January 8.
From the submitted songs, five will be shortlisted, with the winning song chosen by an international jury and public votes.
This year’s selection marks a departure from 2015, when Georgia staged a national selection featuring five acts, each of whom had a public profile. Last year the public had two whole weeks to submit their votes, with Georgia’s Nina Sublatti emerging as the victor.
Nika Kocharov & Young Georgian Lolitaz
Nina Sublatti at Eurovision 2015
A fighter, oximated and determined to avenage the Shin’s disastrous result at Eurovision 2014, Nina really slayed the pack. A thoughtful revamp coupled with some kickass staging made this epic. Not even a smoke machine malfunction couldn’t keep this girl down!
Nina Sublattia at Eurovision 2015 red carpet
Are you satisfied with GPB’s decision?