Last night (16/11), the first live show of Georgian Idol, the talent show used by Georgia’s public broadcaster for the second consecutive year, to select the country’s representative at Eurovision 2020.
The ten contestants who managed to qualify for the Live Shows performed live for the first time in front of a television audience who voted via phonecalls and Facebook messenger.
The two lowest-ranked candidates were Merab Amzoevi and Nika Kalandadze, with Tamar Kakalashvili in first place with 16.53%. A total of 19,790 votes were counted.
At the first Live Show, the candidates were asked to perform well-known hits in English. Below you can see their performances:
The detailed results of the first Live Show as announced by Georgian Public broadcaster were:
Unlike this year when Georgian Idol selected both the artist and the song that represented Georgia at the Eurovision Contest, for 2020 only the artist will be selected through the popular talent show, since the song will be followed by internal selection.
We remind you that the four jury members who oversaw the three-episode phase of the auditions and will guide the ten finalists in their lives are:
–Natia Todua, a singer who has made a significant career in Germany after her win at The Voice of Germany in 2016.
–Tinatin Berdzenishvili, GPB’s Deputy General Manager and Head of Delegation of Georgia to the Eurovision Contest.
–David Evgenidze, composer. He was the head of the jury for the country’s participation in Junior Eurovision 2019. He will oversee the selection of the song for Eurovision 2020.
–David Aladashvili, pianist.
This year, Oto Nemsadze won the Georgian Idol and with “Keep on Going” represented Georgia in Tel Aviv, taking 14th place in the first semifinal. As he said, shortly after the end of the contest, his song had a political message and was directed against Russia and its politics in his country.
Source: GPB, Georgian Idol, Wiwibloggs