Moments ago junioreurovision.tv have revealed that Georgian broadcaster GPB have made their choice: the hosts for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 will be Helen Kalandadze and Lizi Pop!
Helen has experience in the world of show business. She participated in the reality TV music show Star Academy in 2009 and went further into the broadcasting world soon after. In 2010 however she was one of the backing vocalists for Sofia Nizharadze who reached 9th place with ‘Shine’ for Georgia that year. Later, in 2011, she graduated from the Faculty of Business Administration and Tourism Management at Ilia University.
But she hadn’t given up singing! In 2013 she won the Georgian version of Your Face Sounds Familiar and that same year she, together with Sopho Toroshelidze and Nina Tsitlauri, founded Teen Club Studio: a place where teenagers can learn how to play instruments, do their studies, get vocal lessons and even lessons in choreography!
These days, Helen still writes music and performs with her own band.
The second is Lizi Pop (real name: Lizi Japaridze), born in 2004, who you might recognise from the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2014 when she represented Georgia with her song ‘Happy Day’ (the most watched song on the official Junior Eurovision channel). Lizi is a busy girl as she not only performs music but is also a know YouTube star in Georgia! In 2016 she started studying at the French School of the Caucasus and next to Georgian and French, she also speaks English and Russian and even started learning Spanish! These skills will come in handy for her role as host later this year.
Next to all these things she even manages to find time to do sports and work together with charity organisations.
Here is the song Lizi participated in Junior Eurovision with:
The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 will take place in Georgia in their capital city Tbilisi on Sunday November 26.