Updated August 21, 2020 – Ranina will now debut on Friday, September 11, 2020, according to TV-1’s Ranina page: https://1tv.ge/show/ranina/
All references to Ranina debuting on September 4th have been removed from Ranina’s official Facebook page since our original publication.
Thanks to reader Andrzej for the update.
After a COVID-19 disrupted summer, Georgia’s plans for Junior Eurovision 2020 are back on track with Ranina returning to Georgia’s TV-1 on Friday, September 4, 2020 at 10:00 p.m. Georgian time.
For the third year running, Georgia is using the talent show Ranina to select its entrant for Junior Eurovision 2020, to be held in Warsaw, Poland on November 29, 2020 (local restrictions permitting).
Ten young hopefuls will compete to be chosen by a jury, led by famed Georgian classical pianist David Aladashvili, who was also a judge on Georgian Idol this season. The song will be selected internally after the contestant has been picked at the final.
მეგობრებო, დადგა ის ნანატრი დღე როდესაც "რანინა" პირველი არხის ეთერში ბრუნდება 🎆🎆🎆🎤 4 სექტემბერს , 22:00 საათზე დიდი…
The first episode will see each contestant pair up with a well-known Georgian singer in a duet, including Lisa Kalandadze, who came in second to Georgia’s Eurovision 2019 representative Oto Nemsadze on Georgian Idol. Kalandadze will perform Inola Gurgulia’s “Human” with contestant Lela Kveniashvili. Like Kalandadze, Kveniashvili is also a twin.
💭 "ძალიან მინდოდა ლიზასთან შეხვედრა და უბედნიერესი ვიყავი როდესაც გავიგე რომ მასთან ერთად უნდა მემღერა"👩🎤 ლიზა…
The ten hopefuls for this season of Ranina are:
Sandra Gadelia, 9
Rati Gelovani, 10
Gio Gogiashvili, 8
Shio Kavsadze, 10
Nia Khinchikashvili, 12
Marita Khvedelidze, 11
Lela Kveniashvili, 11
Nikoloz Maghradze, 10
Veronica Shamugia, 12
Cecily Turmanidze, 10
Whoever wins this season’s Ranina will be looking to better Junior Eurovision 2019 entrant Giorgi Rostiashvili, whose “We Need Love” came in 14th, Georgia’s lowest placing at the contest. With three wins, Georgia has scored the most victories at Junior Eurovision and will be looking to return to the top of the pack.
Regardless of placing, Rostiashvili was a hit with the Georgian public and high ratings for the first two seasons of Ranina guaranteed a third season. Ranina will be available to view live on their facebook page.
To date, 13 countries have stated they will compete, including Georgia, hosts (and Junior Eurovision 2019 winners) Poland, Belarus, France, Germany (making their JESC debut), Kazakhstan, Malta, The Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Spain and Ukraine.
Australia, Ireland, North Macedonia and Wales are four Junior Eurovision 2019 entrants who have confirmed that they will not return to the contest.
Will #YOU be tuning in see which young hopeful will be representing Georgia? Let us know in the comments below, on social media, or in our forum.