Last month the Georgian Public Broadcaster announced that it would use the upcoming 2019 series of Georgian Idol to select its act for Eurovision 2019. Now Georgia‘s head of delegation Natia Mshvenieradze has confirmed that Idol will also be used to select the song for Tel Aviv.
Natia Mshvenieradze revealed the news in an interview with Radio E-volution. The HoD confirmed that Georgian Idol would be used as the country’s national selection for Eurovision 2019 and she shared more details about how the selection process will work.
She confirmed that initially the contest would focus on selection of singers — the standard Idol format. But after a point, songwriters would be invited to enter songs as Georgia’s potential Eurovision entry. The HoD did not say if this would be open to Georgian songwriters only, or if international songwriters could also apply.
Mshvenieradze also confirmed that the grand final of Georgian Idol would be used to select both the singer and song. In the traditional Idol format, the finalists perform their “winner’s song” — an original song that will be released as the debut singer of the series winner. It is possible that in the case of Georgian Idol, the winners’ songs will all be potential Eurovision entries.
The Head of Delegation noted that applications for Idol are open but she cryptically added, “let’s wait and see how many participants we will have and how will the process be going on.” This implies that the format of the show may be dependent on how many applications the broadcaster receives.
Mshvenieradze also said that Georgia was determined to qualify in Tel Aviv, after having missed out on the grand final for the last two years. She said, “we are looking [at] being in the final and be[ing] successful on the stage.”
Georgia is now the fourth country who will use a television talent show to help select their act for Eurovision 2019. They join Malta (X Factor Malta), Spain (Operación Triunfo) and Israel (Rising Star) to use a popular reality format in their journey to Tel Aviv.
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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