Georgian Idol will serve as the nation’s Eurovision selection show for 2019. The first episode of the competition aired last night and already nine acts have made it through the first round of auditions.
Junior Eurovision is basically Eurovision’s annoying little sister. The contest gives aspiring musicians under the age of 16 the chance to perform on one of the world’s biggest stages. This year a record twenty nations will compete in Belarus’ Minsk-Arena. The show will see the debut of Kazakhstan and Wales and is the sixteenth edition of the contest.
Georgia’s Eurovision record has been far from exemplary in the past few years. Both Iriao and Tamara Gachechiladze, the country’s entries in 2018 and 2017 respectively, failed to make an indelible impression on juries and televoters Europe wide, as neither act made it to the Grand Final. Georgia seem set to turn this around in 2019 and last week laid out their plans for selecting their artist and song for the Contest: Georgian Idol.
The second semi final for Eurovision 2018 took place earlier this evening. 18 countries battled it out for the ten remaining spots in the Grand Final on Saturday. Find out which countries made it through!
Eurovision continues tomorrow night with the second of the semi finals. Before this takes place, we make our predictions as to which ten of the eighteen countries will make it to Saturday’s final.
On the eve of the second semi final we take a look at the bookies’ betting odds for each of the countries taking part in Semi Final 2!
For the most part Eurovision is a celebration of a range of European identities, a chance for nations to express and showcase their national individuality and prowess. On a whole this is about celebrating the music and culture of these nations and usually sees widespread generic messages evoking peace, love and tolerance. Eurovision rules state that:
‘The lyrics and/or performance of the songs shall not bring the Shows, the ESC [Eurovision Song Contest] as such or the EBU [European Broadcasting Union] into disrepute. No lyrics, speeches, gestures of a political or similar nature shall be permitted during the ESC.’
However there have been moments in Eurovision’s history that have flouted this rule and has seen rising tensions between countries who are at odds with come to the fore and play out through the Contest.
Today saw the fourth day of Eurovision 2018 rehearsals. The remaining nine acts that will perform in the second half of the second semi final took to the stage to get their first run through.
Song: For You
Betting Odds: 251/1
Georgia will be represented by the band Iriao in 2018. Here are the lyrics to their song ‘For You’ along with an English translation!