Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) has revealed the way Georgia will select their artist for Eurovision 2023. The winner of the upcoming series of The Voice will represent the country at Eurovision.
The news was confirmed in an announcement by GPB and it doesn’t give any details about 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 The Voice has been decided.
Applications to audition for the show are open now until September 20. The broadcaster is casting its net wide, with the show open to both beginners and experienced acts
By using The Voice, Georgia continues its tradition of mixing things up when it comes to their Eurovision selection method. You’ll recall that in 2016 Nika Kocharov and the Young Georgian Lolitaz were picked internally, while the following year Tamara Gachechiladze — aka Tako — had to win a 25-song national selection show. GPB switched back to an internal selection in 2018 with Ethno-Jazz Band Iriao, only to use Georgian Idol as its selection method for the next two years, choosing Oto Nemsadze in 2019 and Tornike in 2020/2021. Eurovision 2022 saw GPB switch back to an internal selection.
Last year GPB aired The Voice for the first time and Magda Ivanishvili won.
Georgia at Eurovision
Georgia has enjoyed mixed fortunes at Eurovision in recent years. The decade started well, with Sopho Nizharadze and Eldrine each placing ninth in 2010 and 2011.
In the years since, however, Georgia has switched between non-qualifications and grand placing on the right-hand side of the grand final scoreboard. One exception was 2015, where the fierce Nina Sublatti placed 11th with her oximated electro-pop anthem “Warrior”.
More recently, Georgia has not qualified for the national final over the past four years. Tamara Gachechiladze narrowly missed out on qualifying with her 11th-place semi-final finish, while 2018 act Ethno-Jazz Band Iriao finished last in their semi-final.
Georgian Idol winners Oto Nemsadze and Tornike Kipiani also failed to make it past the semis.
This year Circus Mircus were internally selected for Eurovision 2022 and sadly failed to qualify.
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