In Georgia performing at Eurovision can turn singers into treasured national icons. The latest Eurovision star to prove the point is Sopho Khalvashi, who has been selected as deputy mayor of the city of Batumi.
She is a well-known face — and voice — among our readers. Born in Batumi, she represented Georgia on its Eurovision debut during the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 with the song “Visionary Dream”— a tweaked version of a song that was originally titled “My Story”. It finished in 12th position.
She took her time deciding to pursue her latest gig. As she said: “I had this offer for a long time, somehow I didn’t get the decision, I thought and I decided today. I wanna say thanks to everyone for the confidence. Now I can realize my plans and ideas.”
After the contest, she continued her musical career and even worked as TV presenter. Now she assumes a new position. She will work as deputy mayor of the second-largest city of Georgia. Batumi is located on the coast of the Black Sea in the country’s southwest. It’s known as the Las Vegas of the Black Sea.
Sopho isn’t the only one Eurovision star who went to the public service or into politics. Eurovision winner Ruslana and Zlata Ognevich sat in the Ukrainian Parliament, while Iceland’s Óttarr Proppé — one of the Pollapönk backing singers — sat in parliament at the time he sang at Eurovision and he later became Minister of Health.
We congratulate Sophia and wish her much success in her new field.
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