Earlier in the month, the Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) confirmed that they would participate in Eurovision 2019. Now the broadcaster has revealed the way Georgia will select their artist for Tel Aviv. The winner of the upcoming series of Georgian Idol will represent their country at Eurovision 2019.
The news was confirmed in a brief announcement by GPB. The broadcaster stated that the decision had been approved by their board of trustees.
The announcement doesn’t give any details of how the song for Eurovision will be selected. However, it is likely that it will be internally selected by the broadcaster after the winner of Idol has been decided.
Georgian Idol has been running since 2008. Two Idol winners have previously gone on to represent Georgia at Eurovision. Series two winner Nodiko Tatishvili was internally selected to represent Georgia in 2013, where he performed “Waterfall” with Sopho Gelovani.
The unstoppable Nina Sublatti won series six of Idol. Two years later she won the Georgian national final and performed “Warrior” at Eurovision 2015. Sublatti became a judge on the revamped version of Georgian Idol in 2017.
Georgia is known for never using the same Eurovision selection method twice. In 2015, Nina Sublatti was chosen via a modest five-act national final. The following year, Nika Kocharov & Young Georgian Lolitaz were internally selected but their song was chosen in a national final.
In 2017, Georgia went all out with an extravagant 25-act national final, thought to have been held as an “audition” for hosting Junior Eurovision 2017. And earlier this year, Ethno-Jazz Band Iriao were internally selected.
Georgia is now the fourth country who will use a television talent show to help select their act for Eurovision 2019.
Malta has ditched their long-running national final and will instead use the upcoming series of X Factor Malta. The show will begin broadcast on 7 October and the eventual winner will also be Malta’s Eurovision singer.
Israel will again use its successful Rising Star show. This time the show will select both the singer and the song they will perform as the host act at Eurovision 2019.
Spain is again using its popular talent/reality show Operación Triunfo. The format of the Eurovision Gala has not been confirmed, but the broadcaster has said the gala may be open to all 16 competing acts, not just the ones left in the competition at the time of the gala.
Georgia last qualified for the Eurovision grand final in 2016, when Nika Kocharov & Young Georgian Lolitaz placed 20th with “Midnight Gold”.
Series eight of Georgian Idol is expected to begin in January 2019.
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