After a little teasing, Georgian rocker Tornike Kipiani has finally released his song for Eurovision 2020. “Take Me As I Am” was given its premiere on Georgian breakfast television this morning. On the show, the song was revealed for the first time to Georgia and to Eurovision fans.
The song examines the pressures that Tornike feels to model himself after other nationalities. Someone in his life wants him to “talk like an Englishman”, “dress like an Italian”, “dance like a Spanish guy”, “smell like a French homme” and “play like a German”.
But despite the pressure, Tornike is determined to stay true to himself. He asserts that he wants people to “take me as I am” — ultimately a positive message. The song also gets bilingual, with “I love you” expressed in the languages of the above European nations.
Even if Tornike can’t find happiness with the subject of his song, the track is bound to please fans of heavier, rock-style Eurovision entries. “Take Me As I Am” combines rock and electronic sounds with orchestral flourishes.
Tornike Kipiani – “Take Me As I Am” (Music video)
The music video 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 “Take Me As I Am” himself, while Aleko Berdzenishvili arranged the song. Temo Kvirkvelia directed the music video.
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.
Speaking on the morning show, Sandquist said that while she couldn’t reveal details of the staging, she promised the team would deliver a “strong and modern performance”.
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”.
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