LIVE: Georgia selects their entry for Eurovision 2017!
by Ervin Juhász · January 20, 2017
Good afternoon everyone, and welcome to our live blog of the Georgian final! 25 acts will compete in the show where the Georgian public and an international jury are going to select the song that will be representing Georgia at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in Kiev.
We are going to take you through today’s show via this page. As this is a rolling blog, you don’t need to refresh the page, as all the latest updates are going to appear on your screen automatically. You can also watch the show live here:
Good afternoon everyone, and welcome to the live blog of the Georgian final! 🙂
And off we go! 🙂
The running order of tonight’s show is as follows:
And Eurovision style, we now have a “parade of artists” in their performance order coming from the back of the venue down the stairs, and on to the stage.
I haven’t heard any of the songs so far (not even sure whether they are out to be honest), so I’m guessing I’m in for a treat 🙂
All of the acts are going off stage now to get ready for their performance. Nodi and Sophie join us now on stage, as two of the three hosts of the night.
We are meeting our jurors now, which include professionals from Sweden, Bulgaria, Israel, and the Netherlands.
We saw a couple of shots of when Nodi and Sophie received the Marcel Bezencon press award in Eurovision 2013, and now a clip of the running order draw of tonight’s show.
The presenters are missing some light on stage, but nevertheless, here comes song 1 – Make It Right by Giorgi Chikovani!
Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment box below, or tweet us @ESCBubble 🙂
I think that this song sounds a little bit dated. It’s perfectly pleasant to listen to (the lead vocal could sing a bit better though), but it would most probably be lost and forgotten at Eurovision. I give it 7/10.
Song 2 coming up – Brandon Stone & Eteri Beriashvili with “Heyo Song”
I’m not sure I’m getting this one at all. It sounds like a B-side disco track thrown in a mixer with some extra beats, and Heyo – we got a Song! Their vocals are good though… 2/10 if you ask me…
Rati Durglishvili coming up next with his song “Why”.
“Be my satellite” in the lyrics reminded me of Alex Hirsoux’s “Mother”… Why God, why?!
Andria Gvelesiani is up next with his song “Revolutionise”.
I actually really like darker ballads like this one. Andria is a pretty good singer as well, but should learn more how to act on stage. And I was expecting the song to develop a lot more than it did. And sorry Andria, but that final note was a bit painful… 7/10
The first solo female singer of the night is up next – Alisa Danelia with “We Are Eternity”
What do you think so far? 🙂 Let me know in the comment box below, or tweet @ESCBubble 🙂
Now we are remembering all the Sopho’s representing Georgia, from 2007 all the way until 2013.
We now continue with Nutsa Buzaladze and her song “White Horses Run”
Well this girl came well prepared! She’s the first one tonight to have dancers joining her on stage. Her vocals are a little bit (more) off, and I’ll remember this performance more due to that than to the fact this is any good… 2/10
Maliibu is next with “We Live Once”
Maliibu gets a bit lost in the smoke that comes from the sides of the stage. This is the most modern track we’ve heard so far in this show. She either has a terrible cold, or simply can’t sing this song… I really wish this was much much better live than it is 🙁 The song would be a 9/10, but with such vocals……. Just no….
A quick chat with four Sophos backstage, before we continue with EOS and their song “Urban Signs”
Ok, at the very start it seemed to me that the lead singer wasn’t singing the same song as his backing vocalist. This song is the most generic rock track you will ever, with the lead singer being unable to hit a single tune right. Even the other band members look pretty much bored on stage 😀 It’s funny how bad this is 😀 1/10
Dima Kobeshavidze coming up next with his song “Scream”
This one is miles ahead of the previous one! It’s a decent rnb track, and this guy can sing(finally someone)! Unfortunately, this is not really memorable, and by song 15 I’ll probably forget this ever happened. This guy deserves a much better song than this one. 5/10
Trio Mandili coming up next with “Me da shen”
Oh I’m liking this a lot! Finally a song with some life in it! There are some traditional elements in the song and performance, the song has very good beats, and I like the whole melody of it. The performance is also well put together. However, would like it even more if the three girls could actually sing 🙁 So it really ruins the impression… 8/10, but mostly because of the song.
And now we get a mention of Diana Gurtskaya, and see her performance from Belgrade, as well as Nina Sublatti’s performance from Vienna.
Oh and we are off for a commercial break!
We’re back, and just about to hear Tako Gachechiladze perform “Keep The Faith”
This girl looks gorgeous on stage! This is the most serious contender so far, if you ask me. The song is well put together and well produced, and Tako sure can sing! The backdrop might be a bit too political, but that would obviously be changed for Kiev, should this win. Very well done, Tako, 9/10 from me.
Next up is Nino Basharuli with her song “The Song Of Love”.
Dear GPB, the dry ice isn’t working properly, please stop using it.
This doesn’t sound like a love song to me… It’s a bit too screechy, and the melody of it is a bit too simple. And the singer is a bit scary. So, no. 2/10
Elene Mikiashvili is coming up next with “Fighter”
The chorus of this song reminds me of another song, but struggling to remember which one. This girl is an ok singer, but I will forget her and her song by song 15 :/ 4/10
oooooh, the previous song, “Fighter” was participating in the Ukrainian Junior Eurovision national selection last year! I’m not sure what’s it doing here now?!
Misha Sulukhia coming up next with “Magic”.
Rock, electronic, mixed with a try of opera… Eh, why not? At least it’s different to everything else. In a weird way, this is kinda fun and I’m enjoying it (the wine might be starting to do the job though lol)… 6/10
Mariko Lezhava coming up next with “Light It Up”
Finally another song that is kinda up to date. The song builds up nicely, but then comes the chorus where nothing really happens. The electronic bridge that follows is again pretty good. Mariko sure can sing, and the choreography with her two dancers works well. Taking into account all of the other songs and performances we’ve seen so far, this is a 9/10 for me.
Oh Mariko is being followed by the other Mariko! 😀 The one that represented Georgia together with Shin in Copenhagen!
The Mins are coming up next with their song “Crime”…
Wow, these guys have quite a few fans there in the venue! Unfortunately, this sounds way too amateur to do anything serious tonight (or at least I hope so)… Also, half of the time I can’t really understand what the guys are singing about, apart from “you are the one” and “criiiiiiiime” (probably also because these are written out on the backdrop). 2/10 here, sorry…
Sparkle are up next with their song “On The Top”.
This sounds like it’s coming straight from the 90s, but it’s so upbeat and lively that it really stands out from the rest. For some reason, this also reminds me a bit of “We Don’t Wanna Put In”. The girls are not bad singers either, and they work their choreography well. 8/10 for this.
Tornike Kipiani is up next with “You Are My Sunshine”
Well, this song has the most complex lyrics from them all! The song is not at all a complete mess, and it doesn’t sound to me like a game that came from a video game. And all those screams sound just perfect… Easy – 1/10. Next…
Jeez, I never want to hear that again…
Temo Sajaia is up next with his song “All The Same”
There’s a single beat that follows the song from the beginning to its end… The lyrics of this song are a bit too dull, but this guy is a pretty decent singer. Won’t get to Kiev though… 2/10
We’re already on song 20 – Sabina Chantouria with “Stranger”
This is a nice enough mid-tempo track, with a nice beat at the start. I really like the guitar in the song as well, but it just doesn’t build up well, and gives an amateurish look/sound. Sabina sings the first verse very well, but then as the chorus hits in, the vocal car-crash happens. Shame, cos the song itself doesn’t sound that bad. 4/10
Here comes Nika Kocharov, who represented Georgia last year in Stockholm with “Midnight Gold”. And we get a shot of the 12 points from the United Kingdom that they received last year.
Five songs to go… Next one is “Fly” by Mariam Chachkhiani
Mariam is joined by four dancers on stage, while she stands on a platform. The beginning sounds very nice and powerful, and her voice is really strong. The chorus is the weakest point of the song I would say, as it sounds like it was done in a rush… Overall, not bad at all, and one of the better ones tonight. 8/10
Asea Sool are up next with “Nature”.
They promised us ethno, funk and soul in their postcard. I don’t really think they are delivering what they promised. The song is way too shouty, and not at all in a good way! The whole thing kinda disturbs me… 1/10
Three more to go. Next is Nanuka Giogobiani with “Let The Sunshine In”.
Now this is funky! 🙂 But it’s also everything else – lounge, a piano ballad, pop, electronic… As if they weren’t sure what style to select, so they just threw everything in this song. I was waiting for when it will become metal as well… Luckily it didn’t. 3/10
A quick chat in the green room with Trio Mandili
Oto Nemsadze & Group Limbo are the second to last act tonight with their song “Dear God”
This one is a pretty much generic pop-rock song, with some rather odd lyrics. They have a wind machine added to their performance. I’m rather indifferent to this one. 5/10.
And the very last act of the night is Davit Shanidze with “Mtveris katsi”.
And we end the show with a song in Georgian. Honestly, I expected something worse than this. It’s a bit too repetitive, and shouty, but the music itself is pretty good and well put together. 6/10
And that is it! Which of these 25 songs did you like the most? Which of these can bring success to Georgia in Kiev? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, or tweet us @ESCBubble!
I’d put my money on Tako Gachechiladze to win, as it was an actual song well put together from start to its end, and one of the best performed songs tonight.
And we’re back on stage after this short commercial break.
I’m guessing that big announcement now was the start of televoting 🙂
If you are in Georgia, and want to televote for your favorite: send the running order number of your favorite act (01 to 25) to the number 93949
And here comes a recap of all 25 songs
OMG that song No. 18 was a pain…
The voting is still on. Now we are taking a look at a video about Jamala’s win in Stockholm, as well as a promo video of Kiev, with a slight focus on the venue.
And we saw a couple of shots from backstage in Stockholm, including Poli Genova, and Highway (yay! 🙂 )
The jury has voted (I think), but televoting is still on in Georgia…
Televoting is now over! 🙂
So soon we shall find out the results, and learn who is going to be Georgia’s 10th Eurovision entrant!
We are back in the show, and the interval act are Nika Kocharov and Young Georgian Lolitaz, performing their Eurovision entry “Midnight Gold”.
Let’s now find out who will be the successor of this song at the Eurovision Song Contest! 🙂
But before that, let’s remember all of the Georgian Eurovision entries…
…including the one that never actually made it to Eurovision – “We Don’t Wanna Put In” by Stephane & 3G in 2009
Oh Eldrine were one of my favorites in 2011!
Let’s find out the jury results!
Borislav Milanov from Bulgaria is up first to reveal his points…
“It was a long contest”… It sure was!
Well, considering the scoreboard is in Georgian, I’m not sure who’s on top now 🙂
Apparently, Tako Gachechiladze got 25 points, and Maliibu got 24.
The Israeli jury member is next…
I think the same top 2 again
Tako Gachechiladze still in the lead if I’m not wrong after the Dutch jury…
The Swedish juror gave top marks to Malibu.
Tako Gachechiladze wins the jury votes with 98 points, and is followed by Maliibu with 95.
The televoting results have been added, but not revealed yet. The top five acts are now on stage.
Mariam Chachkhiani comes fifth.
Malibu comes fourth!
It’s Nutsa vs. Tako now!
Tako Gachechiladze wins!!
Thank you all for following my blog of the Georgian final, and now you can move over to the Belarussian live blog, as Anne and Daria will take you through the Belarussian final, and translate all the important things for you! 🙂