The Georgian Public Broadcaster has confirmed that it will once again use Georgian Idol to select its act for Eurovision. The upcoming series of the international reality talent show franchise will serve as Georgia‘s national final for Eurovision 2020.
National broadcaster GBP confirmed the news this week, and noted that the new series will begin broadcast in October. This means that Georgian Idol is likely to be the first national final of the Eurovision 2020 season. If the show follows the name nine-week format of the previous series, Georgia’s act for the Netherlands will likely be decided by late December.
Applications to audition for the show are now open. The broadcaster is casting its net wide, with the show open to both beginners and experienced acts.
Live auditions started earlier this week in Tbilisi, while further auditions will be held on these dates:
- 24 August: Kutaisi, Second Zakaria Paliashvili Music School
- 25 August: Batumi, Vakhtang Chabukiani Classical Ballet School
- 30-31 August: Tbilisi, First Channel of Georgia
By using Georgian Idol for a second year, Georgia is breaking from its tradition of mixing up its Eurovision selection method. The popular talent show was brought back earlier this year, where ten young Georgian singers competed over six live shows.
The series was won by Oto Nemsadze, who had previously won an earlier version of Georgian Idol — Geostar — in 2010. Oto performed the patriotic rock ballad “Sul tsin iare” at Eurovision 2020, where it was retitled “Keep On Going”. Sadly the song finished only 14th in its semi-final, keeping Georgia from the grand final for the third year in a row.
Georgia’s selection methods
Georgia was previously 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 in 2018, Ethno-Jazz Band Iriao were internally selected.
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