Georgian broadcaster GPB has revealed the first small snippets of Tornike Kipiani’s entry “Take Me As I Am”. These snippets can be heard in a news report published by GPB. It sees Tornike recording the track’s vocals, alongside his backing singers – Mariko Lezhava, Mariam Shengelia and Aleko Berdzenishvili.
The Georgian singer is preparing for Eurovision, after winning Georgian Idol at the end of December last year, with 33.82% of the vote. 2020 marks the second year in which the Georgian act was selected via Georgian Idol, after Oto Nemsadze won the first series. Oto went on to represent Georgia in Tel Aviv, failing to qualify for the final.
Classic rock, electro and dubstep!
A few weeks ago, it was announced that Tornike’s entry will be a “mix of classic rock, electro and dubstep”. This mix of genres can be heard in the news report, as Tornike records the song.
The news report gives a good teaser to Georgian Eurovision fans as to what to expect from “Take Me As I Am”, which is expected to be released in the upcoming weeks.
Georgia at the Eurovision Song Contest
Georgia first made their appearance on the Eurovision stage in 2007. Sopho Khalvashi represented the country in Helsinki with “Visionary Dream”. She finished in a respectable 12th place. Between 2007 and 2016, Georgia missed only three finals. They failed to qualify in 2012 and 2014, and were disqualified from the 2009 entry. Their proposed song, “We Don’t Wanna Put In”, was withdrawn from the contest due to political lyrics, which is against contest rules.
Georgia’s last appearance in the final was in 2016, and they have since failed to make the final. In Tel Aviv, Oto Nemsadze represented Georgia with “Keep on Going”. He finished in 14th place in the semi-final, with 62 points.
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