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.
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.
What do you think? Would you like to see Helen Kalandadze represent Georgia in Lisbon? Who else would you like to see in a national final? Share your thoughts below!
I’m definitely looking forward to hearing her entry and, as Georgia is my favourite Eurovision country, I’m also looking forward to watching their national final! But back to Helen: I really hope that her “fun, colourful and happy” song will be as good as If Love Was A Crime. I know that’s going to be hard as Bulgaria was my winner in 2016 but it’s impossible not to compare them! ? They both participated at a national final (Poli in 2008 I think, Helen in 2017 in Israel) and at Eurovision before (Poli as lead singer, Helen as backing singer),… Read more »
Helen would surely have success at Eurovision. In 2016, Poli Genova came 4th and hosted JESC the year before, so who’s saying that Helen can’t give Georgia their best ever result!
And both of them sang a song as interval act at Junior Eurovision! It all adds up! ??
She’s great, she has great vocals and she seems so nice. She was one of the better hosts not only in JESC, but overrall. I would love to see her at ESC.
I think she did a super job
I watched her on that episode of The Next Star for Eurovision haha
Who knew she would host JESC not that long later on
Of course I want to see her representing Georgia! (Or us though lol)