Georgia’s last three Junior Eurovision contestants, Tamar Edilashvili, Giorgi Rostiashvili and Sandra Gadelia united for a special one off performance to see in the new year.
The TV special was broadcast at midnight (Georgia time) on December 31st 2020 and included many Georgian artists associated with the show ‘Ranina’
Titled ‘New Year musical – masterpieces of film music’ the Junior contestants delivered a version of ‘Oh Happy Day’ which has featured in many films, perhaps most notably ‘Sister Act 2′ featuring Whoopie Goldberg’
Watch the Junior Eurovision stars perform below:
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Elizabeth Frisky gave a top tv performing the song And I Am Telling You (I’m Not Going), by Jennifer Holliday and also Jennifer Hudson, on a New Year show in Georgia. She showcased her smooth and soulful vocals.
Elizabeth recently released her self-penned original song Keep Burning with a retro style VHS music video.
Elizabeth has also previously released music as Liza Kenia and was part of Group Princesses, who represented Georgia at the 2009 Junior Eurovision Song Contest with Blue Bird.
You can see Elizabeth perform And I Am Telling You (I’m Not Going) below.
The latest project by the Bzikebi Studio is the song Santa TikTokeria. It is a fun festive song based on the TikTok popularity released in time for the New Year celebrations.
Giga Kukhianidze is the man behind Bzikebi Studio and the many talented kids he works with. Giga is also responsible for composing the three winning Junior Eurovision songs for Georgia – 2008 Bzikebi – Bzz.., 2011 Group Candy – Candy Music and 2016 Mariam Mamadishvili – Mzeo. He has also composed the Georgian JESC song for Mariam Kakhelishvili in 2010 – Mari-Dari, Funkids in 2012- Funky Lemonade, The Smile Shop in 2013 – Give Me Your Smile, Lizi Pop in 2014 – Happy Day; The Virus in 2015 – Gabade, Grigol Kipshidze in 2017 – Voice Of The Heart and Sandra Gadelia in 2020 – You Are Not Alone.
You can see the official music video for Santa TikTokeria below.
Fans of the popular Georgian Junior Eurovision selection show Ranina can look forward to a New Year Special to take us into 2021.
Airing at midnight local time and with the theme of ‘Movie music masterpieces’ the teaser trailer features many previous contestants including Tamar Edilashvili who represented the country in 2018 with ‘Your Voice’, and this years contestant Sandra Gadelia, so viewers should well expect performances by them, as well as other previous contestants.
Sandra Gadelia has released the official music video for her song You Are Not Alone. This is the song she will represent Georgia with at the 2020 Junior Eurovision Song Contest.
The music video for You Are Not Alone is beautifully filmed in a lovely Georgian ‘olde worlde’ setting. Sandra is accompanied by four female violinists, a girl keyboard player, a female drummer and a boy DJ.
Welcome back to Giga Kukhiandze, who is the composer of You Are Not Alone. Giga is man behind Georgia’s three wins at Junior Eurovision (Bzikebi in 2008 with Bzzz…, Group Candy in 2011 with Candy Music and Mariam Mamadishvili with Mzeo in 2016). Giga also composed the Georgian JESC entries by Mariam Kakhelishvili (2010 with Mari-Dari, 2012 The Funkids and Funky Lemonade, 2013 The Smile Shop and Give Me Your Smile, 2014 Lizi Pop with Happy Day and in 2015 The Virus gave us Gabede.
Sandra is just 10 years old and she has a charming and powerful voice. She won the ‘Ranina’ national selection competition in Georgia with some much acclaimed performances.
You can see the official video clip for You Are Not Alone below.
Christine Restakyan has released a brand new music video with her interpretation of the song Les Feuilles Mortes (Autumn Leaves) by Yves Montand. It is a beautiful and laid back song and Christine’s vocals are charming and crystal clear.
The music video for Les Feuilles Mortes is beautifully filmed in the autumn countryside in Georgia.
Christine is a talented singer and songwriter based in Georgia. Check out more of Christine’s music on her official YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEAO_4foXnxq16C43sBCLNw .
Christine also released her song Hope that she submitted to the Armenia Eurovision selection in 2020.
Another impressive cover that Christine sung recently was Fever by Dua Lipa & Angèle.
You can see Les Feuilles Mortes video and Fever below.
Christine Restakyan is a talented young singer and songwriter from Georgia. ESC Covers has previously written about Christine’s music and we would like to bring your attention to some of her recent covers.
Check out below her covers of Holy by Justin Bieber feat. Chance The Rapper, Diamonds by Sam Smith and Ice Cream by Blackpink with Selena Gomez.
Christine also recently performed her original song Hope on tv. It was a song that she submitted for the Armenia Eurovision selection in 2020.
You can see more of Christine’s music on her official YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEAO_4foXnxq16C43sBCLNw
Since Monday 28 September, the ESC COVERS website (with our partners Eurovision coverage, EuroVisionMusic, Destination Eurovision and the radio station x5 stereo) started promoting the COVER2COVER concept. It is not a competition anymore but a promotion platform and hopefully South African artists will send covers to us. The 3 entries we received, Helena, Anton and Marle, will be carried over to the coverage. Victor Bush is once again our model and he will be holding promo items, CD’s and bags of some of the entries from the Eurovision song contest. The sixth one is of GEORGIA. It was not for a specific entry as such but brought more to promote Georgia as a country, a tourist destination.
Lizi Japaridze makes a welcome return with her brand new song entitled Toxic World. It is an upbeat and energetic track with a strong production and almost 80s retro feel. Definitely radio friendly and makes you want to move.
Toxic World is composed by Lizi Japaridze (lyrics) Giga Kukhianidze (music and arrangement). It is mixed and mastered by Koba Meskhia.
The cool and dramatic music video is directed by Khatuna Giorgobiani. The video artist is Marika Kurdubazde and the videographer is Levan Iremashvili. The gaffer is Ilia Pheradze and the video editor is Ramaz Gunava.
The management is Giga Production and the producer is Giga Kukhianidze.
Lizi (Lizi Pop) represented Georgia at the 2014 Junior Eurovision Song Contest with Happy Day. She has certainly come a long way since those days and looks to have a big future ahead of her.
You can see the official video clip for Toxic World below.