She’s a musical chameleon who won Georgia’s edition of Your Face Sounds Familiar in 2013.
And tonight Tako Gachechiladze added another talking point to her CV as she won Georgia’s national selection for Eurovision 2017 with her mysterious power ballad “Keep The Faith”.
Wearing a hip-hugging golden dress, she cut a chic and elegant form as she stood centre stage hitting note after note.
Proving that she knows how to light it up, her glittering gown literally glowed at key moments, suggesting she’ll head to Eurovision with drama in mind.
Tako Gachechiladze, who won our fan poll ahead of the national final, raised eyebrows for reasons beyond her stunning voice and glowing dress.
Her performance included provocative images of world events on the LED, including footage of planes crashing into the Twin Towers on 9/11 — and a newspaper splash that said “Russia invades Geo…”, which we’re confident refers to the Caucasus nation.
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The LED backing references military tensions and clashes between Georgia and South Ossetian separatists that led to the Russo-Georgian War in 2008.
Tako is no stranger the issue, as she was part of Stephane & 3G — Georgia’s Eurovision 2009 act that was banned from Eurovision for its politically themed number “We Don’t Wanna Put In”.
They sang: “We don’t wanna put in/Cuz negative move/ It’s killin’ the groove/I’m gonna try to shoot in/Some disco tonight/Boogie with you.”
Prior to Georgia’s national final, Tako told our Georgia correspondent Rezo Mamsikashvili that her song is meant to encourage self-belief and perseverance.
She said: “I want to tell the whole world that no matter who you are, what race you are, what colour skin you have or what orientation you have — no matter how cruel and tough life can be you’ve got to keep the faith, believe in yourself and never give up.”
Georgia Eurovision Final — Final Votes
- Tako Gachechiladze — 122
- Nutsa Buzaladze — 107
- Maliibu — 105
- The Mins — 105
- Mariam Chachkiani — 83
Do you think that the right song won? How will she do at Eurovision? And is Tako’s voice as delicious as the Mexican food staple? Let us know in the comments box below.