Georgia’s Tornike Kipiani has taken to the Rotterdam Ahoy stage for his first rehearsal at Eurovision 2021. His staging was dark yet simple. Did it work? Let’s see…
Georgia’s Tornike Kipiani “You” — Eurovision 2021 first rehearsal
Robyn: Tornike keeps it simple and effective. He’s dressed in a classic white shirt and black trousers, a costume that lets his vocal talent take centre stage. The LED graphics are very calm and peaceful, showing things like clouds and a night sky. At one point Tornike sits down on a box while the song lyrics are projected onto his body. It’s not fancy projection mapping (like Wiktoria at Melfest 2016), just an artistic way of strengthening the message of the song. At another point, “My love” and (I assume) its Georgian translation appear on the background LED wall. All up, it’s pretty much what you’d expect the staging for “My Love” to be. It’s not a big “gasp” moment, but it’s staging that serves both the singer and the song well. Tornike’s vocals sounded good — pretty much on par with the studio version. He’s an experienced rock performer and is well within his comfort zone.
Padraig: Georgia’s staging is very dark. Black and deep blue are the dominant colours. Tornike himself looks very serious, almost angry. Coupled with a song that’s left of the mainstream, it’s hard to see this as a very notable package, particularly for voters at home. There are nice moments though. The lyrics appear on screen, in both English and Georgian scripts. They’re also projected onto the singer himself for a time. By the last run-through, Tornike had enough and messed around a bit. He went low and high, and also threw in a “ba-dum”. Clearly, he was satisfied enough with his earlier takes and was just going through the motions. Salvador did similar antics back in 2017.
Reaction to Georgia’s first rehearsal at Eurovision 2021
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Photos: EBU / THOMAS HANSES