Georgian broadcaster GPB has revealed details of how the Eurovision song for indie band Nika Kocharov & Young Georgian Lolitaz will be be selected. A shortlist of five songs will be presented to the public on February 3, which will be followed by a 12-day public voting period, with the winner revealed on February 15.
When Nika Kocharov and his intriguingly titled band, the Young Georgian Lolitaz were announced in December, they didn’t have a song. The broadcaster put out an open call for songs with “melodic song structure of alternative and indie rock with electronic beats, synths and/or samples, and club orientation of post-disco dance music.”
Over 100 songs were received, and the broadcaster’s production team has whittled them down to a shortlist of five, which will be presented on the TV show Communicator on February 3.
This Sunday, the band will also shoot music videos for each of the five songs. wiwibloggs has been invited along to the shoot and will report from the studio.
Speaking to wiwibloggs earlier this month, Nika Kocharov talked about the difficulty of selecting a song written by someone else: “We’ll sing a song, written by someone else, if we like it a lot. Because the song is very important, because this is the Eurovision Song Contest. This is very difficult — you must fit the whole essence in one song.”
From February 4, after the five songs have been revealed, the public voting period opens via free phone and SMS votes. The winning song will be selected by 50/50 televote and international expert jury vote.
The winning song will be revealed on February 15, again on Communicator, and Georgia will know which song they can expect to hear in the second half of the second semi-final.
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