The race is heating up in Georgia. After weeks of qualifying rounds, just 16 artists remain in The Voice Georgia. The show is being used to select the country’s singer for Eurovision 2023 in Liverpool.
The blind auditions kicked off in December, with the live quarter-finals following in January. Now it’s time for the semi-final, taking place this Thursday 26 January. The 16 remaining acts will perform once again with the hope of progressing to the grand final on 2 February.
It’s up to the public to decide who will make it through — they’ll be able to choose their favourite acts via telephone voting.
The Voice Georgia season 5
The line-up of coaches includes a couple of Eurovision connections.
Firstly, Sopho Toroshelidze. She is the lead vocalist of Eldrine, the band that represented Georgia at Eurovision 2011.
Stephane Mgebrishvili almost made it to Eurovision. The Georgian musician was part of Stephane & 3G, who originally prepared to take their song “We Don’t Wanna Put In” to Moscow in 2009. But the EBU said no. They felt the key lyric of the nu-disco track sounded a little bit too much like “We don’t wanna Putin” and was therefore in violation of one of the core rules of the contest forbidding political song lyrics.
The other two coaches are Dato “David” Evgenidze and Dato Porchkhidze. They are both renowned Georgian composers.
Ahead of the semi-final, get to know each of the remaining 16 acts with some of their performances so far.
You might spot a few familiar faces:
- Saba Chachua – Junior Eurovision 2013 as part of Smile Shop
- Iru Khechanovi – Junior Eurovision 2011 winner as part of Candy
- Tako Kakalashvili – Finalist of Georgian Idol
- Giorgi Putkaradze – Winner of Slavianski Bazaar
- Likuna Tutisani – Semi-finalist of X Factor Georgia
- Dato Rusadze – Semi-finalist of Georgian Idol
- Tina Datikashvili – Semi-finalist of Big Stage Georgia
- Tsotne Barbakadze – Semi-finalist of Big Stage Georgia
Sali Cincadze – Team Sopho
Saba Chachua – Team Stephane
Lika Siradze – Team Sopho
Dato Rusadze – Team Stephane
Anka Tatarashvili – Team Stephane
Mari Toronjadze – Team Sopho
Tina Datikashvili – Team Sopho
Likuna Tutisani – Team Stephane
Iru Khechanovi – Team Dato Porchkhidze
Kakha Aslamazishvili – Team Dato Evgenidze
Erekle Turkadze – Team Dato Porchkhidze
Alegro – Team Dato Evgenidze
Tsotne Barbakadze – Team Dato Porchkhidze
Giorgi Putkaradze – Team Dato Evgenidze
Giorgi Datiashvili – Team Dato Evgenidze
Tako Kakalashvili – Team Dato Porchkhidze
During the quarterfinals, Tina Datikashvili, Likuna Tutisani, Iru Khechanovi and Giorgi Putkaradze won the public voting in each of their respective teams.
Consider them front runners as we head into the semi-final.
Georgia at Eurovision
Georgia has had mixed fortunes at Eurovision. Despite a couple of top-ten placings in 2010 and 2011, their more recent efforts haven’t been so successful. The country has failed to qualify to the grand final for the last five contests. Tamara Gachechiladze, Ethno-Jazz Band Iriao, Oto Nemsadze, Tornike Kipiani and Circus Mircus all failed to make it past the semi-finals.
Whoever is chosen through The Voice Georgia to wave the Georgian flag in Liverpool will be hoping to end this streak and finally take the country back to Saturday’s show.
What do you think of The Voice Georgia semi-finalists? Who would you like to see represent Georgia at Eurovision 2023? Leave your thoughts below!