Last week she co-hosted Junior Eurovision 2017 alongside Lizi Pop. Now Georgian singer and TV presenter Helen Kalandadze has revealed she is planning to enter Georgia‘s national selection for Eurovision 2018.
The Eurovision Georgian Magazine has revealed that Helen is currently working on an entry that she intends to enter into the Georgian national selection.
And this isn’t just a result of having caught Eurovision after hosting JESC. The site reveals that Helen is a long-term fan of the song contest. She explained, “I’ve been watching the competition for a long time and I love it very much. I am eager to bring Georgia to this very important music competition.”
Helen has a song ready to go, written by X Factor Georgia singer Aleko Berdzenishvili. Helen describes the song as, “fun, colourful and happy, like me. I want Europe to get a message of joy from Georgia.”
She’s an experienced television performer. Helen got her start in 2009 as one of the acts competing in the Georgian version of Fame Academy/Operación Triunfo.
In 2013, she won the first series of Erti Ertshi, the Georgian version of Your Face Sounds Familiar. She was appreciated for her versatile performances of such artists as Gwen Stefani, Madonna, Rihanna, Amy Winehouse and a hairy-chested Robbie Williams.
If Helen makes it to Eurovision, this wouldn’t be her first time. As well as hosting Junior Eurovision 2017, Helen appeared at Eurovision 2010 as a backing singer for Sofia Nizharadze with “Shine”.
She’s also made an attempt at representing another country at Eurovision. Earlier this year, Helen successfully auditioned for Israel’s The Next Star for Eurovision 2017. However, she did not make it any further in the competition.
As yet, no details have been revealed regarding the format the Georgian Public Broadcaster will use to select their act for Lisbon. Last year Georgia held a lavish 25-song national final, in 2016 the artist was internally selected, while in 2015 the more modest national final involved only five acts.
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