Rebound (7) Georgia

The last three winners of Eurovision only got to the contest, after losing in a previous national final first. This year, many artists with a similar track record will try to follow in their footsteps. In this episode we highlight Tako from Georgia.

Tamara Gachechiladze, who also performs under the name, Tako, won the Georgian National Final. She will represent Georgia in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, with the song Keep The Faith.

After a disqualification in 2009, she will now be able to represent her country at the Eurovision Song Contest after all.

Epilogi tis Kipriakis Simmetohis 2010

Tamara Gachechiladze has taken part in a number of national and international festivals and creative events. In its third year of participation in the Eurovision Song Contest, the Georgian public broadcaster GPB opted to organise a public national final again. Tako was a member of the group eventually selected to represent Georgia in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2009, Stephane and 3G.

The song ‘We don’t wanna put in’ however was rejected by the European Broadcasting Union. It could not compete in the contest in its current form due to perceived political connotations in its lyrics. In March, a couple of months before the comntest in Moscow, Georgia announced its withdrawal from the contest in response to the EBU’s rejection.

Tamara Gachechiladze at Eurovision

Eight years ahead, Tamara took part in the Georgian national preselection again. And as she did in 2009, she again won the competition. This time she performed the song ‘Keep the faith’. The song is a story about “that no matter how tougher situations in life can be, you got to keep the faith, believe in yourself and never give up.”

Composer Anri Jokhadze is famous as a pop singer in his country. He was born on November 1980 in Georgia and represented his country in the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest in Baku with the song I’m A Joker. He failed to reach the final and hope to better as a composer this year in Kiev.