What next for this year’s Eurovision entrants?

Georgia: Oto Nemsadze

by Christopher Smith

Since 2007, the republican state of Georgia have only qualified for the grand final of Eurovision on seven occasions, their joint highest ranking was in 2010 and 2011 when they came ninth both times. The country last performed at a grand final in 2016, so having sat 2017 and 2018 out, they hoped by enlisting 29 year old singer Oto Nemsadze with the song “Sul tsin iare” (“Keep On Going”), this year would not be another disappointment. Poor Georgia. Oto did not qualify from his group semi final and for a third successive year, the country had only to watch.

Oto is no stranger to entering Eurovision, however. He auditioned in 2017 with his band Limbo with their song “Dear God”, which was not selected by the Georgian jury. Instead Tamara Gachechiladze was picked with the song “Keep The Faith” which itself, failed to make the grand final. Oto won Georgian Idol in 2010 and later appeared in the third series of The Voice: Ukraine in 2013, finishing second. “Sul tsin iare” is written and produced by Roman Giorgadze with the video shot on location in Georgia by Giorgi Ebralidze. Since Eurovision, Oto has rejoined Limbo and the group are recording new music for an album due later this year.

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