Georgia's entry for the Eurovision Song Contest is ‘You’ and will be performed by Tornike Kipiani at the second Semi-Final on Thursday 20 May.
Tornike wrote and composed You himself, arranging the track in the Bravo Records studios alongside collaborator Aleko Berdzenishvili. Additional vocals were provided by the Gori Girls’ Choir, Aleko Berdzenishvili, Marian Shengelia and Mariko Lezhava.
The music video has been directed by Tornike and Temo Kvirkvelia, and features noted Georgian ballet dancer Mariam Aleksidze, who provided choreography. Mariam is the Chairwoman of the Giorgi Aleksidze Foundation for the Development of Contemporary Choreography in Georgia and the Artistic Director of Giorgi Aleksidze Tbilisi Contemporary Ballet chamber company.
About Tornike Kipiani
Tornike is a musician, father of 3 children and a professional architect. When he founded his own band at age 19, he didn't even consider becoming a vocalist. While Tornike and his bandmates looked for an additional member to fill that vacant spot, he stepped in temporarily, and the rest is history.
In 2014, Tornike won the first season of X Factor Georgia, where his mentor was the future Georgian-Greek Cyprus Eurovision star, Tamta. In 2017, Tornike tried to represent Georgia at the Eurovision Song Contest with the industrial techno song, You Are My Sunshine, but was unsuccessful. In 2019, he returned to Georgian Idol and won the contest along with the chance to represent his nation at Eurovision.
Georgia at the Eurovision Song Contest
Georgia has been competing since 2007, and managed to qualify for the Grand Final every year until 2012. The country’s best placing is 9th, which they’ve managed on two occasions: Sopho Nizharadze’s Shine (2010) and Eldrine’s One More Day (2011).
While Georgia has yet to win the Eurovision Song Contest, the country has won the Junior Eurovision Song Contest an impressive 3 times.