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08
December
2016

Georgia: 27 hopefuls in the run for Eurovision 2017

Georgia: 27 hopefuls in the run for Eurovision 2017

Interested artists wishing to represent Georgia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 could submit an entry during a month period which ended yesterday. The Georgian broadcaster GPB has published the list of 27 hopefuls who went through the first phase and participate in the national selection.

This will be Georgia’s biggest national selection, as the country used to have modest selections with 5-10 entries only. The lucky 27 are:

  1. Alisa Danelia
  2. Anacho Dolidze
  3. Andria Gvelesiani
  4. Ani Keuka
  5. Asea Sool
  6. Brendon Stouni & Eter Beriashvili
  7. Davit Shanidze
  8. Dima Kobeshavidze
  9. Elene Mikiashvili
  10. EOS
  11. ForceMajeure
  12. Giorgi Chikovani
  13. Limbo
  14. Malibu
  15. Mariam Chachkhiani
  16. Mariko Lezhava
  17. Misha Sulukhia
  18. Nanuka Giorgobiani
  19. Natia Bidzinashvili
  20. Nino Basharuli
  21. Nutsa Buzaladze
  22. Rati Durglishvili
  23. Sparkle
  24. Tako Gachechiladze
  25. The Mins
  26. Tornike Kipaini & Giorgi Bolotashvili
  27. Trio Mandili

No further details regarding the songtitles or the mechanism of the national selection were revealed.

Georgia debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2008. The country reached its best placing so far in 2010, coming third in the semifinal and ninth in the grand final with Shine by Sopho Nizharadze.

Stay tuned to ESCToday for more news regarding Georgia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017!

Categories: ESC Today

08
December
2016

Eurovision 2017: EBU gives NTU and Kyiv the nod to host the contest!

Eurovision 2017: EBU gives NTU and Kyiv the nod to host the contest!

The EBU has given its nod to NTU to host the forthcoming 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv next May, despite the hurdles and challenges afflicting the broadcaster.

So no need to worry as we are definately travelling to the majestic Ukrainian capital next May. If you haven’t booked your hotel and flight yet then go ahead as Kyiv promises to celebrate the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest in the best possible way!  Kyiv is all set to welcome thousands of Eurovision fans and visitors when the Eurovision bandwagon lands in town!

NTU officials Ms. Victoria Romanova and Mr. Oleksandr Kharebin have met EBU’s Executive Supervisor for the Eurovision Song Contest Mr. Jon Ola Sand at the Winter EBU Assembly in Lausanne, Switzerland. Both the EBU and Eurovision Song Contest Reference Group have met up with NTU and given their nod for Kyiv to hold the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest.

The preparations for the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest were discussed during the meeting.

The road to Kyiv has not been an easy one, as the Ukrainian national broadcaster has faced many challenges and hurdles in its quest to organize the contest: finding a suitable venue,  legistlative and budgetary issues to be addressed and solved etc.

Mr. Jon Ola Sand is confident that both Ukraine and NTU will host the fortchoming 2017 ESC successfully despite the challenges and hurdles afflicting the organization. Mr. Sand has stated that NTU and the City of Kyiv have made a lot of progress in the last days, adding that the NTU Core Team has been set up and that the Reference Group have full confidence in them to overcome the challenges that remain.

Ms.Victoria Romanova and Mr. Oleksander Kharebin were announced as the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest  Executive Producers last week along with Mr.Stuart Barlow as the 2017 ESC Show Producer. NTU’s Eurovision Core Team is currently working earnestly in order to fullfil its tasks: production of the show, the stage design, the postcards and the theme artwork.

Tickets sales for ESC 2017 are expected to kick off by January. The EBU and Reference Group will be closely monitoring NTU and Kyiv’s progress in the coming weeks.

The next Eurovision Reference Group meeting is scheduled to be held by the end of January in Kyiv coinciding with the Semifinal Allocation Draw.

The 2017 Eurovision Song Contest is scheduled to be held on 9, 11 and 13 May at the IEC in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Categories: ESC Today

08
December
2016

Hungary: Listen to the A Dal 2017 entries [UPD. CONTINUOUSLY]

Hungary: Listen to the A Dal 2017 entries [UPD. CONTINUOUSLY]

The Hungarian broadcaster MTVA has announced earlier today the thirty participants of A Dal 2017. The final of the competition will be held on 18 February and the winner will represent Hungary at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017.

The national selection entries are being released continuously online and more than ten are already available for listening. Last year, Hungary provided a national selection full of contemporary music, a line which will be probably followed this year as well. Have a listen and be sure to check this article again as it will be updated when new entries are released. Excerpts of all participating songs can be heard in this press conference recording, where the participants where revealed.

Ádám SzabóTogether
Andi TóthI’ve got a fire
Anna Garay feat. Júlia KásaJártam
BenjiKarcok
Benjámin PálFather’s Eyes
CalidoraGlory
Dávid HendersonWhite shadows

Enikő MuriJericho
Georgina KanizsaFall like rain
Gigi RadicsSee it through
JetlagKeresem a bajt

Joci PápaiBe kell csuknod a szemed
Kata CsondorCreate
Kills LeanderÉlet
Kállay Saunders Band17

KYRA Got to be a day

Mrs ColumboFrozen king
Olivér BerkesEcstasy
Orsi SapszonHunyd le a szemed
Peet ProjectKill your monster
Peter Kovary & The Royal Rebels It’s a riot

Roma SoulNyitva a ház
SoulwaveKalandor

Spoon 21Deák

SzabyestSzerelem kell

The CoupleVége van

The WingsMint a hurrikán

Totova and Freddie Shuman feat Lotfi Begi Hosszú idők
Viki SinghRain

Zoltán MujahidOn my own

Stay tuned to ESCToday for the latest updates regarding A Dal and Hungary in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017!

Categories: ESC Today

08
December
2016

Eurovision 2017: Process of ticket sales to start in January

Eurovision 2017: Process of ticket sales to start in January

The European Broadcasting Union has stated that the process of ticket sales is most likely to begin in January. With the core team at NTU now in place, work has started on the production of the show including the stage design as well as the postcards and theme artwork.

This is the outcome of another scheduled meeting between the EBU and the host broadcaster NTU. The EBU is closely monitoring the progress that the people in Kiev are making, when it comes to hosting the Eurovision Song Contest.

Executive Supervisor Jon Ola Sand has previously talked about his concerns if Kiev will be ready in time, but still remained confident that everything will take place on the scheduled dates in Ukraine, he told ESC Daily. Now, he is even more confident:

“We are fully satisfied with what we have seen and what they presented to us in the meeting yesterday. I know there has been a lot of debate about this and a lot of speculations around this. We have had a firm and good dialog, an open dialog with NTU all the way. What they presented now was expected and we’re very happy to tick that off and make sure we have the progression we need”

Categories: ESC Daily

08
December
2016

Green light for Kyiv but challenges remain

Green light for Kyiv but challenges remain

Lausanne, Switzerland

The winter General Assembly of the European Broadcasting Union is taking place in Lausanne, Switzerland. The date coincides with a key milestone in the planning of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest and the EBU have met with representatives of the Host Broadcaster NTU to discuss plans for the forthcoming show.

Both NTU and the Reference Group, the governing body of the Eurovision Song Contest, have been candid in stating that there have been challenges with organising the forthcoming competition in Ukraine. Apart from finding a suitable venue, there were also legislation issues that needed to be solved as well as budgetary considerations to be addressed.

Jon Ola Sand, the Executive Supervisor stated that NTU and the authorities in Kyiv have made good progress over the last weeks and this will be closely monitored moving forward. He added that the core team at NTU are now in place and that the Reference Group have full confidence in them to overcome the challenges that remain.

Last week Victoria Romanova and Oleksander Kharebin were announced as Executive Producers and Stuart Barlow as the Show Producer for 2017. With the core team at NTU now in place, work has started on the production of the show including the stage design as well as the postcards and theme artwork. The process of ticket sales is most likely to begin in January.

The next Reference Group meeting will take place in Kyiv in January, along with the Semi-Final Allocation Draw. The 2017 Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Kyiv's International Exhibition Centre on 9th, 11th and 13th May 2017.

Categories: Eurovision TV

08
December
2016

Georgia: 27 artists continue in the national selection for Eurovision 2017

Georgia: 27 artists continue in the national selection for Eurovision 2017

Nika Kocharov and Young Georgian Lolitaz representing Georgia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016

The Georgian broadcaster GPB listed 27 potential entries for their national final. In the line-up we find one who previously have been selected for Georgia. Back then he didn’t get to go to Eurovision. Will he make it this time?

Yesterday, on the 7th of December the submission period to the Georgian national final ended. Today local broadcaster GPB published a list with 27 potential entries for their national final.

Georgia returns to a national final after last year’s internal selection of Nika Kocharov & Young Georgian Lolitaz to represent Georgia in Stockholm.

The 27 shortlisted artists have qualified to the first phase, and as such are in the running to represent Georgia at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. No further details about the second phase has been announced yet.

In the list with the names we find Tako Gachechiladze. He was one of the members of the group 3G, which in 2009 had won the right to represent Georgia at the Eurovision Song Contest held in Moscow. The lyrics to the song We Don’t Wanna Put In were by EBU found too political. Georgia was given the option to change the lyrics of the song, but decided instead to withdraw from the contest.

See alsoA Dal participants announced – comeback for Kállay Saunders

The 27 artists that continues to the Georgian national selection today are:

  1. Alisa Danelia
  2. Anacho Dolidze
  3. Andria Gvelesiani
  4. Ani Keuka
  5. Asea Sool
  6. Brendon Stouni & Eter Beriashvili
  7. Davit Shanidze
  8. Dima Kobeshavidze
  9. Elene Mikiashvili
  10. EOS
  11. ForceMajeure
  12. Giorgi Chikovani
  13. Limbo
  14. Malibu
  15. Mariam Chachkhiani
  16. Mariko Lezhava
  17. Misha Sulukhia
  18. Nanuka Giorgobiani
  19. Natia Bidzinashvili
  20. Nino Basharuli
  21. Nutsa Buzaladze
  22. Rati Durglishvili
  23. Sparkle
  24. Tako Gachechiladze
  25. The Mins
  26. Tornike Kipaini & Giorgi Bolotashvili
  27. Trio Mandili

Below you find a trailer video released by the broadcaster.

Georgia at the Eurovision Song Contest

Georgia debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2007. The entry Visionary Dream by Sopho Khalvashi finished 12th.

The country has qualified to the Grand Final on all occasions, except  2012 and 2014, when it placed 14th and 15th in the semifinals.

Georgia’s best result in the contest was achieved in 2010 and 2011. Both Sofia Nizharadze with Shine in 2010, and Eldrine with One More Day in 2011 were able to finish 9th.

The 2015 entry Nina Sublatti’s Warrior was the last artist Georgia selected through national selection. She reached the 11th position in the Grand Final.

In 2016, Georgia chose its entry Midnight Gold, by Nika Kocharov and Young Georgian Lolitaz internally. The entry scored 104 points and 20th place in the Grand Final. Enjoy that entry below.

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