Last November Georgia watched Mariam Mamadashvili obtain a record number of points en route to winning Junior Eurovision 2016. So it’s no surprise that this year Georgia’s Junior Eurovision fans have even higher expectations than usual.
And it looks like host broadcaster GPB aren’t going to disappoint. They’ve announced today that 12-year-old Grigol Kipshidze will try to defend the title for his country on home ground.
Grigol took part in the most recent series of Georgia’s version of The X Factor. Competing against many older acts, he still made it all the way to the final. There’s music in his blood, too, as many of his family are musicians. Grigol also counts himself as a big fan of Michael Jackson. Shamone!
Grigol will actually be the first solo male singer to represent Georgia at Junior Eurovision. He’s making history in his own way already, y’all!
The internal selection was conducted by an expert jury at GPB. The jury consisted of producer Zaza Shengelia, singer Maia Baratashvili, musician Davit Evgenidze, and GPB representatives Eliso Shengelia and Giorgi Asanishvili.
Composer Giga Kukhianidze — who has worked on all three of Georgia’s winning songs — will team up with Grigol for his JESC number. We don’t know exactly when the song will be released yet, but GPB have said it will be coming “soon”.
Grigol will take to the stage alongside at least 15 other artists on 26 November inside Tbilisi’s Olympic Palace.
What do you think about Grigol’s selection? Do you think that he can deliver a fourth trophy for Georgia? Let us know all your thoughts in the comments section below!