Today rehearsals for Junior Eurovision 2023 kicked off in Nice. Countries rehearsing on Day 1 include Ukraine, North Macedonia, Germany, Estonia, United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Malta, Portugal, Georgia and Armenia The ninth country to rehearse today is Georgia’s Anastasia & Ranina.
What did we learn about Anastasia & Ranina’s staging?
Disclaimer: Please note that the EBU has not released footage from the first rehearsals, and that the description detailed in this article is mainly based from the pictures and if available footage from the delegations themselves.
Anastasia & Ranina’s first rehearsal gives us a glimpse at their impressive staging. Anastasia is sporting an elaborate and intricate white ruffled dress with black trim, with the two boys in white. suits. The background effects are sparse but effective, with giant parachute-like fans extending from the costumes of the two backing dancers, and a focus on the colour scheme and the performers over elaborate visuals
If you are interested in seeing more pictures from Anastasia and Ranina’s first rehearsal today, you can look through them right here.
Who are Anastasia & Ranina?
Although young, Anastasia Vasadze has already won awards for her singing internationally. In 2018 she won the “Wonderland” music award as well as the “Golden Muse” award in 2021. Ranina singers Nikolaz and Oto are also no strangers to competition.
Anastasia was the artist selected through Georgia’s 2023 edition of the national final Ranina. Georgia’s broadcaster Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) later decided she would be joined at Junior Eurovision 2023 by fellow Ranina competitors Nikoloz Kharati and Oto Bazerashvili who will be referred to as “Ranina”. At the 2023 Junior Eurovision Song Contest Anastasia & Ranina will perform “Over The Sky”.
Georgia’s Junior Eurovision Journey
Georgia is the most successful country to take part in Junior Eurovision, currently with three wins under their belt. The country joined the Junior Eurovision family in 2007 with Mariam Romelashvili sing “Odelia Ranuni”, finishing in 4th place. Georgia would go on to win the competition the following year, with Bzikebi’s “Bzz…”. Georgia would also win the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2011 and 2016 respectively. Georgia also hosted the Contest in Tbilisi in 2017.
In 2022, Georgia was represented by Mariam Bigvava and her song “I Believe” in Yerevan. Once the combined scores were revealed, Georgia finished in 3rd place – earning 161 points. The online vote gave Georgia 47 points, whilst professional juries awared 110 points to the country.
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News Source: EBU
Photo Credit: Corinne Cumming/EBU