Georgia has decided: Oto Nemsadze to Eurovision 2019 with "Sul Tsin Iare"

Georgia has decided: Oto Nemsadze won the final of Georgian Idol with "Sul Tsin Iare"

After two years of missed qualification for the Grand Final, Georgia has decided to select the Georgian representative for Tel Aviv through the talent show Georgian Idol.

The final of Georgian Idol took place tonight live from Tbilisi. After six weeks of live shows it was time to find the winner and the Georgian representative at Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv.

The four finalists performed a song each, selected by the singers themselves, and the Georgian public decided that Oto Nemsadze should represent them at Eurovision 2019 with Sul Tsin Iare.

Georgia 2019: Oto Nemsadze – "Sul Tsin Iare"

Sul Tsin Iare (English: "Go Ahead") is written by Roman Giorgadze.

Georgian Idol – Results

  1. Oto Nemsadze – "Sul Tsin Iare"
  • Liza Kalandadze – "Sevdisperi Zgva"
  • Giorgi Pruidze – "Me Mjera"
  • Giorgi Nakashidze – "Sul Tsin Iare"

Oto Nemasdze

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Oto won the Georgian Idol in 2011 and participated in The Voice of Ukraine in 2013, where he reach the final. In 2017 he took part in the Georgian selection to represent the country at Eurovision Song Contest in Kiev, but failed to do so.

Georgian Idol

The Georgian Public Broadcaster GPB has chosen to use the format Idol to select its Eurovision entrant this year. Over six weeks the initial ten artists have been narrowed down to four finalists.

Songwriters all over the world could submit songs. GPB received more than 200 songs, and a seven-member committee selected three songs. The four finalists could choose which of the three songs they wanted to perform in the final – and potentially sing at Eurovision Song Contest 2019 ("Sul Tsin Iare" was performed by two finalists).

The winner of Georgian Idol, and the ticket to Eurovision 2019 was decided solely by public voting, via SMS and Facebook Messenger voting, but four judges gave their feedback upon the performances.

Georgia in Eurovision Song Contest

Georgia 2010: Sofia Nizharadze - "Shine"

Georgia has participated in Eurovision 11 times since their debut in 2007, with the best result in 2010 and 2011 (9th place), and the worst result in 2014 and 2018 (came last in their Semi-final).

Georgia 2010: Sofia Nizharadze - "Shine"

The only year Georgia didn't participate was in 2009. They decided to send the song "We Don't Wanna Put In" to Moscow 2009, but because of a controversy about the lyrics in the song, EBU banned the song from participating, if the lyrics was not changed. GPB refused to change the lyrics, and withdrew from the contest.

Georgia manage to qualify to the Grand Final 7 out of 11 times.

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