It’s the process for selecting the Georgian representative for Eurovision 2020. And the excitement and intrigue on Georgian Idol just won’t quit, as the eliminations are coming thick and fast.

During the first five live shows, the final ten became the final five and we now know the semi-finalists. The latest act to fall — gorgeous Mariam Shengelia, who was one of the huge favourites to win the contest. She was in the bottom two alongside Davit Rusadze, while Tornike Kipiani led the game for the fifth show in a row. Tornike topped the results with 29.09% of the 111,753 votes.

The public is able to vote for their favourite via both telephone voting as well as through the Facebook Messenger app. The remaining nine acts face more performances and more eliminations before the grand final on 31 December. Take a look at the performances from fifth live show below.

Georgian Idol: Fifth live show performances

The six competing acts tackled a number of songs by Georgian composer Gia Kancheli, which showed off their vocal talents and charisma. They performed “King Lear”, “Melancholy”, “Don’t Call Me”, “Yellow Leaves”, “Magical Egg” and “She is here”.

According to the overall results, Tornike Kipiani remains the huge favourite to win the contest. Also Barbara Samkharadze, who has come up second in almost every show.

  1. Tornike Kipiani – 29.09%
  2. Barbara Samkharadze – 17.75%
  3. Mariam Gogiberidze – 13.68%
  4. Tamar Kakalashvili – 13.64%
  5. Davit Rusadze – 13.01%
  6. Mariam Shengelia – 12.83%

Mariam Shengelia

“I’m still happy, because I had an opportunity to sing with this amazing orchestra. I’m not discouraged because Davit stayed in the contest instead of me and I really hope that he will keep on going. I want to say to thank you to everyone for their support and I’m happy for participating in this contest, because it gave me a huge experience.” Mariam says.

Mariam Gogiberidze

Tamar Kakalashvili

Davit Rusadze

Barbara Samkharadze

Tornike Kipiani

Unlike the last season of Georgian Idol, which selected both the artist and the song for Eurovision, this year’s series will only select the artist. The future winner of Georgian Idol will have their Eurovision song internally selected.

What do you think? Who is your favourite contestant? Who would you like to see represent Georgia in Rotterdam? Share your thoughts below!

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This man has a fuegooo

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I think he’ll be fine. Give him something subtler than the last two Georgian entries and he’ll be great. I see his appeal, but I do think it’s a bit unfair for the other poor souls competing against him.

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Honestly they should just internally select Tornike instead of making the other contestants fight for their place when they would all know by now that it is futile and Tornike will win anyway.

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With all due respect to Tornike (it’s quite a feat to accomplish this many wins in a row), these results are beginning to appear more fishy and peculiar in my opinion. How does one manage to achieve 5 consecutive wins? At this point, it feels like we can already predict that he’s going to eventually win.

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Dont forget that he won georgian x factor and ofc he has huge fan base here that’s why he’s leading the votes and yes there just no way someone could top him so we can already say that we have georgian representative

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With all due respect, I believe that people who were in top 10 of a certain talent show shouldn’t be competing in another one. Along with those who participated in shows such as ESC, Melfest or Sanremo, those who had top hits outside of their country and those who already have more than one album internationally released. Shows like X-factor and The Voice should serve as a platform for people with a limited experience or no experience at all to showcase their talents to the viewers and be “discovered”. Having already established artists competing just comes off as affirming that… Read more »

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I really do not understand Georgian public’s fascination with this man.