This year will mark only the second year of participation in the Eurovision Song Contest for Georgia. In 2007, the country on the South-Eastern edge of Europe was represented by Sopho, who reached the 12th place in the Eurovision Song Contest with My Story. Sopho had been internally selected to represent her home country. This year, all interested singers had the possibility to take part in an open competition and enter a song - 29 entries were received till the deadline, out of which a jury picked twelve to take part in today's national final.
Who will be the successor to Sopho?
The twelve entries in the Georgian national final cover a wide range of musical styles - from pop ballads to up-tempo ethnic songs, from experimental dance tracks to a traditional male choir singing in Georgian language. With their performances, the singers have to convince both a professional jury and the TV viewers, who can vote by sending SMS messages. In order to increase the public interest, a moving theatre has been touring the city of Tbilisi recently, handing out leaflets about the national final and inviting the passers-by to watch the show and to vote for their favourite song.
The competing singers and their songs
This is the line-up of the singers participating in the national final:
Vivo - Life
Aleko Berdzenishvili - The Beautiful Girl
Salome Gasviani - Share Your Love
Irakli Pirtskhalava - Freedom
Diana Ghurtskaia - Peace Will Come
Salome Korkotashvili - Captaine
Teatroni - Sakartvelo Itsvevs Megobrebs
Tika Patsatsia - Never Change
3G - I'm Free
Tako Gachechiladze - Me And My Funky
Tamta Chelidze - Give Me Your Love
Guga Aptsiauri - Don't Look At Me
The show will be broadcast live from the Sports Palace in Tbilisi, starting at 17:00 CET tonight. It will also be possible to watch the show via satellite on GPB all over Europe. Georgia will compete in the Second Semi-Final of the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest on the 22nd of May.