This year the Georgian representative for Eurovision has been determined in the TV show “Georgian Idol”. The winner automatically qualified for this honour. The choice felt to Oto Nemsadze with the song “Sul tsin iare”, which means keep on going.
Oto Namsadze was born in Gori (Eastern Georgia) in 1989. His mother taught him to sing in the age of three. Now Oto has become a rewarded singer in Georgia. He took part in several festivals like 10+10, Fiqrebis Zgva, The Voice Ukraine, etc. where he also shaped up very well. By now Oto has released one album “A Sea of Thoughts” and he is working on his second album. In 2017 he already took part in the national selection with “Dear God”and the group Limbo, finished 10th.
The Georgian ESC entry 2019 is called “Sul tsin isare”. The song has a sad melody and a dramatic tenor underlined by a strong choir, but an optimistic message, as it says:
“Keep on going forward! Heartily go on!” "We heal each others’ wounds with songs"
It’s still unclear if Oto will perform this song in Georgian language. Maybe it would have more chances in English. The entire composition appears a bit unwieldly and remote. Unless there is no major change this song will not have the best chances in Tel Aviv.
Top 10: 2
Chances for Top 10: 17%
Chances for Final: 58%
Georgia’s first year in the Eurovision Song Contest was in Helsinki 2007. With the great debut song “Visionary Dream” by Sopho, Georgia has been celebrating its debut in the ESC. Armenia joined one year earlier and Azerbaijan another year later. Over all it can be considered as great enrichment having the Caucasian countries in the contest, as they mostly bring high quality entries and a big passion for this event. Of course not many people are aware of the music scene from this part of the world. That’s why the Caucasian countries are so keen in participating as this is one of the highest acclaimed TV shows of the year. Furthermore ESC is the perfect platform to get the world’s attention on a big scale. Last year in Lisbon “Sheni Gulistvis” by Iraio did not make it into the Grand Final. For a country like Georgia it’s a great opportunity to show the music variety in the greatest music show of the world.
The Georgian entries were always surprising and inspiring, and Georgia has reached the Grand Final seven times. A Top10 rank could be reached two times, the chance for this is statistically at 17%.
Due to the fact that the Caucasian countries are located in the very south east corner of Europe, the neighbour countries like Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Iran do have an impact in the musical influence in an unequivocally strong way. Therefore it’s a pleasure to watch songs and performances from the Caucasian countries with such a great creativity, as this kind of music is not that well known in Western Europe. But there are traditional and also modern tunes as well.