Georgia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017

Eurovision Song Contest 2017
Country  Georgia
National selection
Selection process National Final
60% Jury
40% Televoting
Selection date(s) 20 January 2017
Selected entrant Tako Gachechiladze
Selected song « Keep the Faith« 
Selected songwriter(s) Tako Gachechiladze
Georgia in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄2016 2017

Georgia will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. The artist and song that will represent Georgia in the 2017 contest was selected through a national final organised by the Georgian broadcaster Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB), on 20 January 2017. Tako Gachechiladze and her song  » Keep the Faith« , will represent Georgia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017.

Background

Prior to the 2017 Contest, Georgia had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest nine times since their first entry in 2007.[1] The nation’s highest placing in the contest, to this point, has been ninth place, which was achieved on two occasions: in 2010 with the song « Shine » performed by Sofia Nizharadze and in 2011 with the song « One More Day » performed by Eldrine. The nation briefly withdrew from the contest in 2009 after the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) rejected the Georgian entry, « We Don’t Wanna Put In« , for perceived political references to Vladimir Putin who was the Russian Prime Minister at the time.[2][3] The withdrawal and fallout was tied to tense relations between Georgia and then host country Russia, which stemmed from the 2008 Russo-Georgian War.[4] Following the introduction of semi-finals, Georgia has, to this point, failed to qualify to the final on only two occasions. In 2016, Georgia qualified to the final where the country placed 20th with the song « Midnight Gold » performed by Nika Kocharov & Young Georgian Lolitaz.

The Georgian national broadcaster, Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB), broadcasts the event within Georgia and organises the selection process for the nation’s entry. GPB confirmed their intentions to participate at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest on 3 October 2016.[5] Georgia has selected their entry for the Eurovision Song Contest both through national finals and internal selections in the past. In 2013 and 2014, GPB opted to internally select the Georgian entry, in 2015, the Georgian entry was selected via a national final, and in 2016, the artist was internally selected while the song was chosen in a national final. For their 2017 participation, the entry was selected through a national final.

Before Eurovision

National final

On 4 November 2016, it was confirmed that the Georgian entrant would be selected through a national final, and an open call for songs was put out.[6] The 28 competing entries were later revealed in December.[7][8] Before the date of the final, three entries dropped out of the competition, leaving 25 hopefuls. The final took place on 20 January 2017, at the Philharmonic Hall in Tbilisi.[9] The winner was decided by an international jury and a public televote, at a 60:40 ratio.[10]

Final
Draw Artist Song Composer(s) Jury Televote Total Place
1 Giorgi Chikovani « Make It Right » Giorgi Chikovani 76 3 79 7
2 Brandon Stone & Eteri Beriashvili « Heyo Song » Brandon Stone 43 4 47 18
3 Rati Durglishvili « Why » Rati Durglishvili 32 13 45 21
4 Andria Gvelesiani « Revolutionise » Giorgi Laghidze 58 12 70 10
5 Alisa Danelia « We Are Eternity » Alisa Danelia 47 1 48 17
6 Nutsa Buzaladze « White Horses Run » Andy Vitolo, John King 89 18 107 2
7 Maliibu « We Live Once » Maliibu 95 10 105 3
8 EOS « Urban Signs » Giorgi Kochoradze, Gedevan Levlishvili 16 7 23 25
9 Dima Kobeshavidze « Scream » Dima Kobeshavidze 53 2 55 14
10 Trio Mandili « Me da shen » Vadim Estreman, Rostislav Maslovich 60 5 65 12
11 Tako Gachechiladze « Keep the Faith«  Tako Gachechiladze 98 24 122 1
12 Nino Basharuli « The Song of Love » Nino Basharuli 52 20 72 9
13 Elene Mikiashvili « Fighter » Ylva Persson, Linda Persson, Will Taylor 44 11 55 14
14 Misha Sulukhia « Magic » Misha Sulukhia 49 14 63 13
15 Mariko Lezhava « Light It Up » Bithard, DJ Avol Waves 66 16 82 6
16 The Mins « Crime » Zviad Mghebrishvili 83 22 105 3
17 Sparkle « On the Top » Aleko Berdzenishvili 54 23 77 8
18 Tornike Kipiani & Giorgi Bolotashvili « You Are My Sunshine » Tornike Kipiani 26 9 35 23
19 Temo Sajaia « All the Same » Temo Sajaia 48 6 54 16
20 Sabina Chantouria « Stranger » Sabina Chantouria 39 8 47 18
21 Mariam Chachkhiani « Fly » Joni Titirashvili 68 15 83 5
22 Asea Sool « Nature » Asea Sool 25 21 46 20
23 Nanuka Giorgobiani « Let the Sunshine In » Edisher Lomadze 17 17 34 24
24 Oto Nemsadze & Group Limbo « Dear God » Beso Nemsadze 45 25 70 10
25 Davit Shanidze « Mtveris katsi » Davit Shanidze 17 19 36 22

References

  1. ^ « Georgia Country Profile ». EBU. Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  2. ^ Bakker, Sietse (10 March 2009). « Georgian song lyrics do not comply with Rules ». Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  3. ^ Jonze, Tim (11 March 2009). « Eurovision 2009: Georgia pulls out of contest over ‘Putin song« . The Guardian. Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  4. ^ « Putin jibe picked for Eurovision ». BBC News. 19 February 2009. Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  5. ^ « Georgia: Eurovision 2017 participation confirmed ». eurovoix.com. Eurovoix. 3 October 2016. Retrieved 24 December 2016. 
  6. ^ Granger, Anthony (4 November 2016). « Georgia: Call for Eurovision 2017 entries ». eurovoix.com. Eurovoix. 
  7. ^ Granger, Anthony (24 December 2016). « Georgia: 27 artists apply to compete in Eurovision 2017 ». eurovoix.com. Eurovoix. 
  8. ^ Granger, Anthony (11 December 2016). « Georgia: Sabina Chantouria makes it 28 hopefuls ». eurovoix.com. Eurovoix. 
  9. ^ Granger, Anthony (19 December 2016). « Georgia: Selects for Eurovision 2017 on January 20 ». eurovoix.com. Eurovoix. 
  10. ^ « 2017 ». Eurovision Georgia. Georgia Public Broadcaster. Retrieved 26 December 2016. 

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