Georgia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017
|Eurovision Song Contest 2017|
|Selection process||National Final
|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|
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.
Prior to the 2017 Contest, Georgia had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest nine times since their first entry in 2007. 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. The withdrawal and fallout was tied to tense relations between Georgia and then host country Russia, which stemmed from the 2008 Russo-Georgian War. 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. 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.
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. The 28 competing entries were later revealed in December. 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. The winner was decided by an international jury and a public televote, at a 60:40 ratio.
|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|
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