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Tornike Kipiani releases 'You' - Georgia's song for Eurovision 2021

Tonight, Georgia’s Tornike Kipiani released his Eurovision entry for 2021, the much anticipated 'You’.

Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) had confirmed in March 2020 that Kipani would return to the contest after the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest was cancelled. He had won his place in the competition when he was announced as the winner of Georgian Idol 2020.

Tbilisi native, Tornike Kipani composed his 2021 entry himself. Incorporating rock, pop rock and blues rock, the song is about love. Kipani also co-wrote his 2020 entry ‘Take Me as I Am’ which was written to defeat western European ideals. In keeping with the theme of love, the phrase “I love you” was mentioned several times in the languages of the “Big 5” nations such as French, Spanish, German, Italian and English.

It has also been confirmed that Swedish director Emilia Syndvist will design Kipani’s staging for Rotterdam. Syndvist has worked for Sasha Jean Baptiste and was to design Kipani’s set for last year’s competition. Also involved in the production of ‘You’ is Aleko Berdzenishvili, who co-wrote and arranged ‘Take Me as I Am’. The Gori Girls Choir who have previously worked with renowned Georgian-British singer Katie Melua have provided backing vocals for the song.

Relative newcomers to the Eurovision Song Contest, Georgia have competed 12 times. Their best result being 9th, which they achieved in 2010 and 2011 with Sofia Nizharadze and nu metal outfit Eldrine.

As the 2020 semi-final line-ups were confirmed to stay for 2021, Georgia will compete in the second half of semi-final 2 in Rotterdam on May 20.

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