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Georgia: Barbara Samkharadze releases debut single “Ocean Side”

As the world shuts down and we begin to get to grips with and document the social distancing resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, one young artist has released her debut single, an appropriate for our times soulful piano ballad about withdrawing from a watching world and hunkering down to regroup. Titled “Ocean Side,” the self-penned song by 18-year-old Georgian Idol …

Georgia: Tornike Kipiani debuts “Take Me As I Am” on 1TV’s New Day

After a slow drip of hints and song snippets via social media, Tornike Kipiani debuted his Eurovision 2020 entry for Georgia, “Take Me As I Am,” on 1TV’s “New Day” breakfast show. 32-year-old Kipiani, who won Georgian Idol to earn the right to represent Georgia, co-wrote the song with famed Georgian producer and bassist Aleko Berdzenishvili. “Take Me As I …

Take Tornike as he is: new details emerge about Georgia’s Eurovision 2020 entry

In an interview on Georgia’s TV-1 today, Georgia’s representative at Eurovision 2020 revealed several details about his entry. 32-year-old Tornike Kipiani, who won the right to represent the Caucasus nation at Eurovision 2020 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands by winning Georgian Idol on New Year’s Eve, told TV-1 that the name of his entry is “Take Me As I Am.” Tornike …

Tornike Kipiani to represent Georgia at Eurovision 2020!

Tornike Kipiani emerged victorious from a tight New Year’s Eve Georgian Idol final and earned the right to represent Georgia at Eurovision 2020. For the second year running the Idol franchise was used to select Georgia’s artist and 31-year-old Tbilisi native Kipiani, the overwhelming favorite to win after posting five successive elimination round victories, narrowly edged out 2nd place Barbara …

#YOU want Barbara Samkharadze to represent Georgia at Eurovision 2020!

The results of our poll are in, and with 44% of the vote, #YOU have named Barbara Samkharadze as your favorite to win Georgian Idol and represent Georgia at Eurovision 2020 in Rotterdam. Samkharadze, who has been running a consistent and close second to overall favorite Tornike Kipiani, has received accolades for her powerful voice and stage presence. Should she …

Remembering the Eurovision stars we lost in 2019

As 2019 comes to a close, we remember and honor Eurovision stars, writers, and producers who passed away this year. Stars whose participation and performances provided so much joy to Eurovision fans at the contest and beyond. In no particular order, here are the notable Eurovision stars we lost in 2019. Kenny Lynch – United Kingdom – A Song for …

Tornike holds the lead heading into Georgian Idol New Year’s Eve Showdown

In tonight’s Georgian Idol semi-final Tornike Kipiani won for the fifth consecutive week, solidifying his position as the artist to beat at the grand final to be held on New Year’s Eve. Tonight’s tour theme was duets featuring Georgian Idol’s finalists from last year and Georgia’s Junior Eurovision 2017 representative Grigol Kipshidze. Tornike deployed his duet partner, last year’s runner-up …

Tornike train keeps on rolling to Rotterdam, Shengelia departs fifth elimination episode of Georgian Idol

It is officially his crown to lose as Tornike Kipiani earned his fourth leader title in a row. In a Giya Kancheli themed episode, Kipiani experimented with a classical Georgian favorite and it paid off handsomely, as Kipiani ran away with the win with 29.09% of the vote. Barbara Samkharadze came in second for the third week in a row …

Tornike makes it three in a row and Guchmanidze out after intense Georgian Idol elimination round

It was an intense live show of Georgian Idol, as Tornike Kipiani kept his cool during a stage invasion while performing a very eccentric take on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Gethsemane (I only want to say)”. No matter, though, as Tornike received the most votes for the third week in the row and did not let the bearded stage invader who …

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