Georgia: Sofia will try to shine bright on stage11 May 2010 at 02:21 CEST
The Georgian national final for the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest took place on the 27th of February in the Tbilisi Event Hall.
Previously, 24-year-old Sofia Nizharadze had been internally selected to represent Georgia in Oslo. After that, an open call for songs was launched by GPB. Local and international songwriters participated in the competition, and in the end, six songs were picked by a jury.
All of them were presented in the final by Sofia. The choreography for each of the songs was designed by the director Lasha Oniani, and six special stage outfits were created by fashion designer Teona Elizbarashvili.
The show started with a dance performance, and after that, the five jury members, who decided on the final result in a 50/50 combination together with televoting, were presented. In between Sofia's performances, a small orchestra was playing and the composers and lyricists of the six entries got the opportunity to pass a message to the public.
In the end, it was Shine which won the attention of the voters and thus Sofia will perform in in Oslo. You can see her song below. You can also check out the Georgian national selection show, right here in our ESCTV player. Or you want to know what she's up to? See her MyEurovision profile as well.
Who is she?
Born in Tbilisi, Georgia, Sofia Nizharadze graduated with honors from the musical academy of the Tbilisi State conservatory where she studied piano and vocals. At age 3 she started performing on a professional stage and her talent was unanimously admired by a wide audience.
At age 7 she was mentored by Jansugh Kakhidze, a prominent Georgian conductor, author of famous soundtracks for Georgian cinema productions that turned into hits among Georgian music fans. Soon Sofia joined a children music choir where she took the lead as a talented vocalist at various shows, and TV projects.
Later on she performed the world hit Sous Le Ciel De Paris at the French Embassy. Shortly afterwards, Bernard Pivout, a journalist, amazed by her talent invited her to his program at TV5.
Sofia has won numerous awards in her career and has also starred in musicals like Romeo and Juliet and Notre Dame De Paris. She has also performed in a duet with José Carreras in 2001.
She'll perform sixteenth in the second Semi-Final on the 27th of May in Oslo, Norway.