After more than a month of shows and spectacular performances from dozens of candidates, Georgian Idol finally reached its climax on New Year’s Eve. Four acts sang, but in the end, Tornike Kipiani emerged as the winner. In doing so, he earned the right to sing for Georgia at Eurovision 2020.
Eurovision 2020 Tornike Kipiani for Georgia
The public was able to vote for their favourite via both telephone voting as well as through the Facebook Messenger app. Tornike topped the table once more, just like he did in all the preceding episodes.
Unlike last year’s edition of Georgian Idol, which selected both the artist and song for Eurovision, this year Georgia has only selected its artist. Tornike’s song for Rotterdam will be internally selected by the broadcaster at a later point.
Tornike Kipiani won Georgian Idol and he will represent Georgia in Rotterdam!???Our Rezo Mamsikashvili celebrates with him the victory ?
Who is Tornike Kipiani?
Tornike is a 32-year-old musician and the father of three children. He returned to Georgian Idol after previously winning the 2014 edition of X Factor Georgia where his mentor was the future Georgian-Greek Cyprus Eurovision star Tamta.
Tornike has previously tried to represent Georgia at Eurovision. He competed in Georgia’s Eurovision 2017 national final, with the industrial techno song “You Are My Sunshine”.
Georgia at Eurovision
Georgia has enjoyed mixed fortunes at Eurovision in recent years. The decade started well, with Sopho Nizharadze and Eldrine each placing ninth in 2010 and 2011.
In the years since, however, Georgia has switched between non-qualifications and grand placing on the right-hand side of the grand final scoreboard. One exception was 2015, where the fierce Nina Sublatti placed 11th with her oximated electro-pop anthem “Warrior”.
More recently, Georgia has not qualified for the national final over the past three years. Tamara Gachechiladze narrowly missed out on qualifying from an 11th-place semi-final finish, while 2018 act Ethno-Jazz Band Iriao finished last in their semi-final.
While Georgian Idol 2018 winner Oto Nemsadze also didn’t qualify from his semi-final, fans will be hoping that their new Idol will have better luck in Rotterdam.
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