They’re a country known for their bold Eurovision entries, usually qualifying for the grand final. Now Georgia is searching for their next act, with details of the 2017 national selection announced today. And unlike the internal selection of 2016, the act going to Kyiv will be chosen with a national final.
After using internal selection to pick the indie band Nika Kocharov & Young Georgian Lolitaz for Stockholm, the broadcaster is returning to a national final. Georgia’s best results at Eurovision have come from acts chosen via a national final.
Broadcaster GPB announced today that the competition would be open to professional singers and bands. The entry period will open on Monday, 7 November and run until 7 December.
The broadcaster has not confirmed details of the national final itself, but in recent years the final has been part of the television show Communicatori.
You can watch the official trailer and application call below.
Georgia in the Eurovision Song Contest
Georgia has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest ten times, debuting in 2007.
Last year they internally selected indie rock band Nika Kocharov & Young Georgian Lolitaz. The group’s song, “Midnight Gold” was selected by public and jury vote from a shortlist of five. In Stockholm the Britpop track was accompanied with thrilling, psychedelic staging and finished 9th in its semi-final and 20th in the grand final.
In 2015, Georgia sent Nina Sublatti with her oximated electro-pop number “Warrior”. It placed 11th in the grand final.
Both “Midnight Gold” and “Warrior” were revamped by Swedish maestro Thomas G:son. This year he has been announced as writing the song for Cyprus’ singer Hovig, but it is possible that G:son will also produce the Georgian song.
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