In a surprise result, Georgia’s Nika Kocharov and the Young Georgian Lolitaz qualified from last night’s second semi final with their song ‘Midnight Gold’. The band went through to the Final of Eurovision 2016 ahead of some other strong contenders including Ireland’s Nicky Byrne, Denmark’s Lighthouse X, Agnete from Norway and Ivan from Belarus who fulfilled his dream of performing on stage naked with a wolf (albeit through CGI).
Georgia’s history at Eurovision is still in its infancy. They made their contest debut in 2007 when Sopho Khalvashi’s ‘Visionary Dream’ secured them twelfth place. Apart from 2009, when they withdrew over controversial lyrics regarding Russian President Vladimir Putin, Georgia have competed in every contest since. Their best position to date is ninth which they obtained on back to back occasions in 2010 with Sopho Nizharadze’s ‘Shine’ and 2011 with Eldrine’s ‘One More Day’. They have had their fair share of stinkers as well, having failed to qualify from the semi finals twice. In particular their 2014 entry by The Shin and Mariko ‘Three Minutes to Earth’ was hailed as a disaster by most critics and finished dead last in its semi final. They returned to form in 2015 when Nina Sublatti’s ‘Warrior’ gave them 11th place.