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 BerdzenishviliMariam 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.

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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.

Emilia Sandquist will stage his performance

Tornike has called in the big guns for his stage show in Rotterdam. Emilia Sandquist — his stage director — is an international creative who has dreamed up successful performances in the past for Swedish artists in Melodifestivalen. She is also a member of the Jean Baptiste Group.

“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.

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mr 305 # dale
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mr 305 # dale

‘so why do you want me to smell like a frenchhh shop’?

Anita Mann
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Anita Mann

Goodlord! Those lyrics made me cringe!

BleuKnaveXD236
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BleuKnaveXD236

Okay now I’m super excited… this has been the entry I’ve been most looking forward to sense Tornike won Georgian Idol. I love his voice and I have checked out other songs he’s covered and done… the snippet sounds amazing. So tomorrow needs to hurry up and come lol XD

Whisker
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Whisker

i am intreegued and I think I like it. Give us the song already please.

Robert
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Robert

Well… Cute guy, I’ll give m that.. Snippet doesn’t sound bad but not my taste

BadWoolfGirl
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BadWoolfGirl

This is promising. I hope the rest of songs as good as the snippet

Livs
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Livs

Bet this is going directly to my top 10!

Joe
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Joe

Also: SAN MARINO, YOU’RE KILLING ME. TELL US SOMETHING. GIVE US A VAGUE HINT. I’M LOSING MY MIND.

Skiwalko
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Skiwalko

In order to become a true Stan Marino one needs to be patient. Personally I can recommend a technique that helps me cope with stress; it’s called “Senitation”. Here’s how it goes:
Take a deep breath. Look at Serhat’s photo. Admire his gracious smile and the perfection of his bald shining head. Let the spirit of the night fulfill your soul like a chain of lights. Maybe you didn’t know who we are, but now you can relax and say “na na na”… Works every time.

Joe
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Joe

You’re right…it does work! I am at peace. It’s gotta be out in like a week or so anyway, so it’s only a matter of time.

Skiwalko
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Skiwalko

They missed the chance to do the reveal on Valentina’s day, but I am willing to forgive them if the song’s actually worth the wait.

Sabrina
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Sabrina

March 9th: San Marino’s delegation notices that they’ll miss the deadline. They call Serhat, who writes a song in 15 minutes.

Joe
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Joe

Whatever gets the job done

Joe
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Joe

I’ll wait until the full song to go in depth, but I like the sound of it. What’d I tell you guys? Don’t sleep on a Georgian rock song!

Mr X
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Mr X

Yes, and rock is still missing this year.

Una
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Una

Dear Georgia, having heard the snippet this is what I have to tell you: you have the potential to get into my top 5 this year! Yours truly!!!!

Ria van de Velde
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Ria van de Velde

I can ‘t wait to hear the whole song. It sounds very promising

thatbritishgal
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thatbritishgal

sounds promising, that’s all I’ll say

Thomas
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Thomas

I was surprised I liked it!

Andrei
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Andrei

Do you know that cartoon “Captain Caveman”? He sounds exactly like him…. Pure noise, this is not music!

Nico de Mask
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Nico de Mask

Oh wow honey, go listen to yours truly Mr. Kirkorov. It’s not noise, it’s NOICE!

ESCUCHE
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ESCUCHE

ENA CHAIGDE AVADMYOFO

Anita Mann
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Anita Mann

I agree… this sounds DREADFUL!

Frisian esc
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Frisian esc

The chorus sounds good + they’re in the second semi so georgia might slip through this year!

Azaad
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Azaad

I think the overall song will be good but the lyrics seem a bit cheesy. I actually liked their song last year but this sounds promising, and it’ll be nice to have a rock song in the mix performed by a great singer.

Harut
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Harut

Bust WOW , never expected.
Seems like a James Bond movie soundtrack!
Welcome back to Final Georgia, this will do very well !

Kobe
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Kobe

Hot 😛

Lisianthus
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Lisianthus

This sounds very good. It make the sentence ‘why do you want me to talk like an Englishman’? seem less weird. More rock is always a good thing.

Mr X
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Mr X

Absolutely !

Jeydelrey
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Jeydelrey

Surprisingly, I quite like it! I really enjoy his voice and the instrumental even though it’s not my type of music at all. Well done Georgia, off to a great start!

bryan
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bryan

Je n’aime pas le rock, j’ai vu des extraits où il hurlait aie aie

KarmaLeon
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KarmaLeon

Youre on an english page so please comment in english … even if i understand you its not everybody ‘s case 😉

SeemOne
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SeemOne

But French is an official Eurovision language 🙂

Mr X
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Mr X

And I even understand a little bit French, but Spanish and German better.

English is not the only language in Europe !

Mr X
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Mr X

Lasty year for example the spokespersons in Azerbaijan, San Marino and Italy did their job in french and I liked it, was not really difficult for me.

Am.casablancas
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Am.casablancas

You are a hainous person, you should stop telling people what to do.

bryan
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bryan

Moi ?

Whisker
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Whisker

LOL

Ashton Schier
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Ashton Schier

low-key this is good