The participation of Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan has brought a new flavour to the Eurovision Song Contest. These countries have a rich musical heritage that they often incorporate into their entries, resulting in unique and memorable performances. Moreover, their participation has also added a new geopolitical dimension to the contest, as these countries are located in a region that is often in the spotlight due to its complex history and ongoing conflicts. Despite the challenges they face, these countries have shown a great passion for the contest and have produced some outstanding entries over the years.
The Eurovision Song Contest provides a huge platform for countries to showcase their musical talents to the world. It is not only a competition but also a celebration of music and culture, bringing together people from different countries and backgrounds. For smaller countries like Georgia, it is a great opportunity to showcase their music scene and cultural heritage to a global audience. It also provides a chance for artists to gain exposure and potentially launch their careers on an international level.
Georgia has had a track record of sending surprising entries to the Eurovision Song Contest and has managed to reach the Grand Final seven times. While their chance of achieving a Top 10 ranking has slightly decreased, statistically speaking it stands at 13%, based on their previous results.
Georgia’s recent entries in Eurovision have not been able to qualify for the grand final since 2017. However, the country has been able to showcase its musical talent in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, where it holds the record for the most victories with three wins.
Since 2007, Georgia has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest every year except for 2009. The Georgian delegation decided to withdraw that year due to a controversy surrounding their song “We Don’t Wanna Put In” by Stephane & 3G. The song was perceived by some as a political provocation against the Russian president, Putin, and as the contest was held in Moscow that year, the Georgian delegation decided not to participate.
The geographical location of the Caucasian countries in the southeast corner of Europe means that neighbouring countries such as Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Iran have a strong influence on their music. This makes it all the more enjoyable to watch their entries in the Eurovision Song Contest, as they often showcase a great deal of creativity in their compositions and stage performances. The music from this part of the world is not as well-known in Western Europe, so it’s fascinating to see the mix of traditional and modern tunes presented on the Eurovision stage.
9th place, Sofia Nizharadze with “Shine” (Oslo 2010)
9th place, Eldrine with “One More Day” (Düsseldorf 2011)
- Debut: 2007
- Participations: 15
- Victories: 0
- Finals: 7
- Chances to reach the final: 47%
- Top 10: 2
- Chances to reach the Top 10: 13%
- Last place: 0
Nina Sublatti with “Warrior”, Rank 11 (Vienna 2015)
Nika Kocharov & Young Georgian Lolitaz with “Midnight Gold”, Rank 20 (Stockholm 2016)
Tako Gachechiladze with “Keep The Faith”, Rang 11 (Semi-Final) (Kyiv 2017)