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.

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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.

What do you think? Who would you like to see represent Georgia in United Kingdom? Leave your thoughts below!

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Lucille
3 months ago

im both excited and nervous for this selection!
i hope it can bring georgia back to the final

Lena
Lena
3 months ago

I think it would be a big dilemma with Georgia. I hope they send entry like Midnight gold or One more day,I can’t imagine to Georgia send boring ballad or basic radio pop song :(.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
3 months ago

I’ve liked some of Georgia’s entries through internal selection, liked some from the national finals and liked some from the reality TV format. As such, I don’t really mind which way they go in terms of choosing the artist as long as the song has that unique Georgian approach to it.
I always believe that it’s better to be a country that takes risks and is willing to come last rather than a country that’s just sending something to make up the numbers.

Una
Una
3 months ago

Georgia!! I do not like the reality format at all even though it provides value for newcomer artists.

***I would love to see the Georgian group of 2009 represent Georgia in the UK in 2023***

Despite the recent failures to qualify, I still appreciate Georgia’s input to Eurovision and I think they are an example to be followed <3

Whisker
Whisker
3 months ago
Reply to  Una

Hysterical! I just can’t! 2009 representing in 2023 is a FANTASTIC idea! They could feature the winner of The Voice! Georgia’s qualification would be guaranteed without the intervention of the sacred stones of Stonehedge!

Yudhistira Mahasena
3 months ago

Ah, yes. Georgia, the most original country in Eurovision. Their method of selection is always unpredictable and they reject the current present trends in the contest. They should keep up with the originality and hopefully their next Eurovision representative will sing in Georgian – that’s how original they are.

Ark
Ark
3 months ago

I honestly do not understand how on one hand people can state that Georgia is not doing it “the right way” in selecting their act, meanwhile, Belgium has been using “The Voice” talents for some years (2015, 2017, 2022 as examples) and nobody gave them any flake on that.

Joe
Joe
3 months ago

Georgia just needs to keep it weird but streamline it. There’s a reason Midnight Gold got a relatively decent jury score: they took the original song, tightened it up and helped it be hookier, and it was still crazy and out-there. The last few years would indicate that Georgia care more about representing their local music scene than how they finish, which is admirable, yet their being tangled up in the vote-trading scandal would seem to indicate that they’d still very much like to at least qualify again, please and thank you. Well, Georgia, that obviously isn’t the way to… Read more »

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
3 months ago
Reply to  Joe

Let’s be honest most times jury does not respect original and artsy songs.

Cocooo
Cocooo
3 months ago
Reply to  Joe

Completely agree. Azerbaijan’s silence in this matter says A LOT.

Esc addict
Esc addict
3 months ago

Talent shows like the Voice used to choose an esc act brings a new public for Eurovision. It brings an additional challenge in the show, and all the public who follow the show will be curious to see what the winner of this show will do in Eurovision. It’s a way for the chosen act to get more interest from more people, to get more hype behind. The Voice in Georgia must be one of the biggest audience in the country, so to mix it with Eurovision is something pretty clever imo.

Thanos
Thanos
3 months ago

I just hope Georgia will continue the trend of sending songs that are completely out of the box. It is certain that they have many talented, original musicians and it’s a matter of time before one of these creative entries scores extremely high.

Vivian
Vivian
3 months ago
Reply to  Thanos

I mean… we’ve that in Turin, Konstrakta, Subwoofler and Zdob Si Zdub did extremely well despite their songs themselves heavily relying on a certain shtick

If Georgia can send something that aligns to something that acts as something people remember and LIKE to remember (not something like the horrendous acts like Israel 2000 or Iceland 2006) I think it is definitely possible for them to overthrow their record 9th place finished in 2010 and ’11 as their best results

finnished
finnished
3 months ago

Georgia has sent many talented artists and they usually come up with good staging, it’s their songs that are utter garbage

Thallo
Thallo
3 months ago

Do established Georgian artists not care about Eurovision?

Vivian
Vivian
3 months ago

I only hope this serves as a ways of choosing a representative that is a good vocalist. Generally most Georgian representatives have been great live singers, so I hope for something good

Joe
Joe
3 months ago
Reply to  Vivian

That was the trouble the last four years: engaging performers with songs that were mostly cool but not as interesting as they were as artists. Circus Mircus were more interesting as a concept than Lock Me In was as a song.

Polegend Godnova
3 months ago

i’m not a fan of using talent shows to select a eurovision entrant in general, but the voice is the worst of them all. people who go there usually have a stunning voice and nothing else… to cite another talent show, they lack the “x factor” that makes them commercially feasible, and that’s why you hardly ever hear of the voice winners once the show wraps up. so yeah, not too optimistic about this.

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
3 months ago

They really never learn…

Esc addict
Esc addict
3 months ago

Just send good acts like you do for the jesc and welcome back in the Grand final Georgia. One of the most original and out of the box country when it comes to the Jesc and the Esc, they stay themselves whatever the trends which should be more awarded imo.

Joe
Joe
3 months ago
Reply to  Esc addict

Let’s Count the Smiles was everything I want Georgia to be at adult Eurovision: definitely more than a little quirky, but ultimately very catchy and charming. We were all rooting for Niko to score well from the moment the song dropped.

Esc addict
Esc addict
3 months ago
Reply to  Joe

Exactly and he did very well, Georgia should go totally in this way for the adult Eurovision.

Luke B
Luke B
3 months ago

Just send a decent song this time, please Georgia. No boring ballads, or childish songs about complete nonsense.