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 Tamara Gachechiladze
Selected song « Keep the Faith« 
Selected songwriter(s)
Finals performance
Semi-final result Failed to qualify
(11th, 99 points)
Georgia in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄2016 2017

Georgia participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 with the song « Keep the Faith » written by Anri Jokhadze and Tamara Gachechiladze. The song was performed by Tamara Gachechiladze. The Georgian entry for the 2017 contest in Kiev, Ukraine was selected through a national final organised by the Georgian broadcaster Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB). The national final consisted of twenty-five competing acts participating in a televised production where the winner was determined by a 60/40 combination of votes from jury members made up of music professionals and a public telephone vote. « Keep the Faith » performed by Tamara Gachechiladze was selected as the winner.

Georgia was drawn to compete in the first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest which took place on 9 May 2017. Performing during the show in position 2, « Keep the Faith » was not announced among the top 10 entries of the first semi-final and therefore did not qualify to compete in the final.

Background

Prior to the 2017 Contest, Georgia had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest nine times since their first entry in 2007.[2] 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.[3][4] The withdrawal and fallout was tied to tense relations between Georgia and then host country Russia, which stemmed from the 2008 Russo-Georgian War.[5] 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.[6] 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.[7] The 28 competing entries were later revealed in December.[8][9] 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.[10] The winner was decided by an international jury and a public televote, at a 60:40 ratio.[11] Tamara Gachechiladze emerged as the winner of the national selection with her song « Keep the Faith ».

Final – 20 January 2017
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«  Tamara 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

Promotion

Tamara Gachechiladze made several appearances across Europe to specifically promote « Keep the Faith » as the Georgian Eurovision entry. Between 3 and 6 April, Gachechiladze took part in promotional activities in Tel Aviv, Israel where she performed during the Israel Calling event held at the Ha’teatron venue.[12][13] On 8 April, she performed during the Eurovision in Concert event which was held at the Melkweg venue in Amsterdam, Netherlands and hosted by Cornald Maas and Selma Björnsdóttir.[14] On 15 April, Tamara Gachechiladze performed during the Eurovision Spain Pre-Party, which was held at the Sala La Riviera venue in Madrid, Spain.[15]

At Eurovision

According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the « Big 5 » (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) split up the competing countries into six different pots based on voting patterns from previous contests, with countries with favourable voting histories put into the same pot.[16] On 31 January 2017, a special allocation draw was held which placed each country into one of the two semi-finals, as well as which half of the show they would perform in. Georgia was placed into the first semi-final, to be held on 9 May 2017, and was scheduled to perform in the first half of the show.[17]

Once all the competing songs for the 2017 contest had been released, the running order for the semi-finals was decided by the shows’ producers rather than through another draw, so that similar songs were not placed next to each other. Georgia was set to perform in position 2, following the entry from Sweden and before the entry from Australia.[18]

Semi-final

Tamara Gachechiladze took part in technical rehearsals on 30 April and 4 May, followed by dress rehearsals on 8 and 9 May. This included the jury show on 8 May where the professional juries of each country watched and voted on the competing entries.

At the end of the show, Georgia was not announced among the top 10 entries in the first semi-final and therefore failed to qualify to compete in the final.

Voting

Below is a breakdown of points awarded to Georgia and awarded by Georgia in the first semi-final and grand final of the contest, and the breakdown of the jury voting and televoting conducted during the two shows:[19][20]

Points awarded to Georgia

Points awarded by Georgia

Split voting results

The following five members will comprise the Georgian jury: [21]

  • Maia Baratashvili – Chairperson – singer, musician
  • Medea Kavtaradze – vocal coach
  • Mirian Kukulashvili – musical producer
  • Gvantsa Kilasonia – TV producer
  • Mamuka Begashvili – composer, sound engineer

References

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