Published On: Mon, Jan 1st, 2018

Georgia’s National Broadcaster Surprises With Unexpected Entrant For Eurovision 2018

Jazz group chosen for Georgia's Eurovision 2018 entry

Since September 1, the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest has started coming together, with various countries announcing their participants as the months go by. On December 31, Georgian national broadcaster GPB confirmed that they will be sending jazz group Iriao to Lisbon this coming May.

As reported by WiWiBloggs, the seven-person ensemble was chosen internally by GPB, a decision which surprised Eurovision fans as they had thought it most likely for Georgia to host a national final to pick their entrant, as was the case in 2017. Even in 2016, when rock band Nika Kocharov & Young Georgian Lolitaz were chosen internally, their song was decided by a public vote.

Even more shocking, however, was Georgia choosing a jazz band to participate; as a general rule, this type of music does not fare too well with Eurovision voters. Usually, countries send either up-tempo songs or ballads, with the occasional in-between or rap/hip-hop. ESC fans are concerned that, given past history, Iraio will have little to no chance of reaching the final.

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Georgia’s National Broadcaster Surprises With Unexpected Entrant For Eurovision 2018