Tornike Kipiani wins Idols Georgia and goes to Rotterdam

Georgia picked Tornike Kipiani for the Eurovision Song Contest as he won the Georgian Idol competition on new year’s eve. Tornike Kipiani will now go to Rotterdam with a song yet to be revealed.

After a 10-week season, the final of Georgian Idol saw the last four finalists go head to head in Tbilisi. Tornike performed alongside Barbara Samkharadze, Mariam Gogiberidze and Tamar Kakalashvili in the final broadcast. The Georgian audience was responsible for the decision by way of online and televote.

The voting was close, however Tornike Kipiani finished on top with 33.82%, with Barbara Samkharadze in second place with 31.18% of the vote. In third place was Tamar Kakalashvili with 18.38%.

About Tornike Kipiani

Tornike, nicknamed Kipo, is a 31-year-old singer from Georgia. He became famous with the Georgian public after winning the X-factor in 2014. His mentor on the show was Tamta, who Eurovision fans will recognise as the Cypriot Eurovision representative from 2019.

In 2017 Tornike Kipiani also tried to go to Eurovision, but he finished in a disappointing 23rd place in the Georgian national final with his song You Are My Sunshine. During this year’s Georgian Idol, Tornike remained the hot favourite, having finished first in the public vote each week apart from the first live show.

The song that Tornike Kipiani will sing at Eurovision will be decided at a later date.