Today Georgia’s Tornike Kipiani whet our appetites by releasing a 36-second snippet of his music video “Take Me As I Am”.
The clip showcases his working process in the studio, with three backing vocalists – Aleko Berdzenishvili, Mariam Shengelia and Mariko Lezhava. The song is mix of classic rock, electro and dubstep and explores the concept of human relations.
Tornike wrote the song himself, and he worked on the arrangement with Aleko Berdzenishvili. The music video will be released tomorrow.
Posted by Eurovision Georgia on Sunday, March 1, 2020
A quick scan of social media reveals plenty of positive reviews. “Omg, I was not expecting this!” a Facebook user named Jarlath wrote. Another user says: ”I can’t believe my ears!” Whether that’s a good thing comes down to your vantage point.
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“Take Me As I Am”: Tornike’s backing vocalists reveal more
A few days ago Tornike’s three backing vocalists for Rotterdam revealed more about the song and the recording process.
Mariam Shengelia was one of the other contestants in Georgian Idol 2019, which was used to select Georgia’s artist for Eurovision 2020. She made it to week five of the contest, finishing in sixth place. Mariam says she thinks “Take Me As I Am” will exceed people’s expectations:
Working with Tornike is a great pleasure, because he is such an amazing, fantastic and good person…words can’t describe.
The recording process was very enjoyable. I liked the song so much and I was so pleased and surprised, I did not expect such a song. We recorded the song very well, the music video will be released soon and I’m sure that Eurovision fans will like it and it’ll exceed expectations.
Mariko Lezhava may be familiar to some fans from 2017, when she was a contestant in Georgia’s epic 25-act national final. She placed sixth with her electro-pop song “Light It Up”. Mariko believes that Tornike’s Eurovision entry matches his personality perfectly:
Working with Tornike is not easy, because he likes to think deeply. I like the approach that does things hard rather than simply.
The song is exactly Tornike Kipiani and it fits exactly with his inner world, character and I think it will help a lot. That is, it expresses his nature, personality, character and everything.
Aleko Berdzenishvili, who is music producer and arranger, says that “Take Me As I Am” is both different and interesting:
This is not my first collaboration with Tornike, we have worked successfully before. He remarkably focuses on even the smallest details. The process with him is very interesting and productive.
The song is different and interesting to listen to, with its severity, structure, words and message. I tried to keep the music production as close to Tornike’s idea as possible. It all came out very organically and I’m happy with it.
Who is Tornike Kipiani?
Tornike is a 32-year-old musician and the father of three children. He earned the right to represent Georgia at Eurovision 2020 after winning Georgian Idol 2019.
He has a good track record in reality singing competitions, as he also won the 2014 edition of X Factor Georgia. Tornike’s mentor on the show was Cyprus’ Eurovision 2018 star Tamta.
Tornike previously tried to represent Georgia at Eurovision in 2017. He competed in the country’s national final with the industrial techno song “You Are My Sunshine”.
What do you think? Are you excited for the reveal? Are you excited to hear “Take Me As I Am”? Tell us your thoughts below.