Georgia in Eurovision Song Contest Odds
Georgia began its journey in Eurovision in 2007 in Helsinki, achieving a meritorious 12th place with the theme “Visionary Dream” played by Sopho Khalvashi. In 2009, the Georgian candidacy was disqualified from the Festival for alleged allusions to Vladimir Putin on the participant theme “We do not want to put in”.
In 2010 and 2011 Georgia got its highest position to date, 11th place, thanks to Sopho Nizharadze and Eldrine respectively. Last year, in Stockholm, Young Georgian Lolitaz could not go from 20th place with the song “Midnight gold”, remaining with 104 points.
Georgia has selected “Keep The Faith” as their Eurovision song for 2017. Tako Gachechiladze won an extensive Georgian national final and will therefore gain the right to perform her song in Kiev.
During the selection process, a professional jury had 60% influence on the outcome and televoters decided the other 40%. “Keep the Faith” is a ballad with a haunting recurring line in the chorus, and slight jazz string influences in the arrangement. 40 percent of the points given came from international juries consisting of Borislav Milanov, Sasha Jean-Baptiste, Ralf Rainink and Tali Eshkoli.
The final featured a record of 25 participants. Georgia used to have slightly modest selections with just five or ten songs. Since their debut in 2007, they also picked their artist internally a couple of times.
It is not 100% certain that this will also be the version for the Eurovision Song Contest in May. Georgia has a tendency to change its arrangement in the build-up to the contest. This happened both to Nina Sublatti in 2015 and to Nika Kocharov and his band last year.
Her performance included provocative images of world events on the LED, including footage of planes crashing into the Twin Towers on 9/11 — and a newspaper splash that said “Russia invades Geo…”, which we’re confident refers to the Caucasus nation.
Tako Gachechiladze is an old acquaintance of Eurovision, since in 2009 gained the Georgian preselection to go to Eurovisión. On that occasion, his band, Stephane & 3G, had to say goodbye to their Eurovision dream for the political message of their song “We Do not Want to Put In”. The LED backing references military tensions and clashes between Georgia and South Ossetian separatists that led to the Russo-Georgian War in 2008.
Prior to Georgia’s national final, Tako told that her song is meant to encourage self-belief and perseverance. She said: “I want to tell the whole world that no matter who you are, what race you are, what colour skin you have or what orientation you have — no matter how cruel and tough life can be you’ve got to keep the faith, believe in yourself and never give up.”
In her 2017 national final performance images were used in the background about various international events in the headlines. But there is also a mention to the Russian invasion to Georgia. Clearly this makes the song political. Despite we all knew the Ukrainian entry was political, there was consistent effort to refer to a personal story of Jamala last year. But this time Tako cannot say her song is not political, not because of the lyrics, but due to the clear references from the backdrop images. EBU is yet to reveal if the background images will be allowed on the stage of Kiev.
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