After two years of internal selections, the Georgian Public Broadcaster has decided to use a casting show as the method to choose their representative for the Eurovision Song Contest again.
In the past, Georgian Idol was the most frequently used casting show to select the Georgian artist for Eurovision, like Oto Nemsadze in 2019 and Tornike Kipiani in 2020 (who was internally selected for 2021 after the cancelation of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2020). This year, The Voice of Georgia was chosen as the casting show to find the country’s newest Eurovision star. It is the first time that The Voice will select the Georgian Eurovision entrant, but other countries, like their neighbors Azerbaijan, have used their version of The Voice to choose their Eurovision performer too. The latest example of that being Nadir Rüstəmli who represented the Georgian neighbors in Turin this year.
Georgia’s Channel One will broadcast the new season of The Voice and the submissions to apply to the show have opened today! The participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 is clearly listed as the winner’s price. If you think that you have the potential to represent Georgia in Eurovision next year, you can apply to The Voice through this link. Submissions will be accepted until September 20th.
At the Eurovision Song Contest in Turin this year, Georgia was represented by the funky, alternative band Circus Mircus with the song “Lock Me In“. The band performed 5th on the night of the second semi-final but sadly failed to impress both juries and televoters, finishing in 18th and last place in their semi-final.
The last time Georgia qualified to a Eurovision Grand Final was in 2016 with the song “Midnight Gold” by Nika Kocharov & Young Georgian Lolitaz. Do you think changing the selection process will help the country to finally make an appearance in the final again? And who would you like to see enter The Voice of Georgia this year? Let us know your thoughts in the comments and on our social media profiles!