Eurovision Ireland recently caught up with the lovely Tamar “Tako” Gachechiladze, who will be singing “Keep The Faith” for Georgia at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest!
What was it like winning the Georgian selection? What does Tako like to do in her free time? And what are her insider tips for anyone planning to head to Junior Eurovision in Tbilisi this November? Read on and find out!
Hello Tako! Thank you for taking the time to speak to Eurovision Ireland! Firstly, for those of us who don’t already know you, can you tell us a little about yourself? Who is Tako Gachechiladze?
Tako Gachechiladze is someone who has been singing since childhood and has won many international contests. I think that my career history is quite long and successful.
We know you’re a very accomplished singer! Is there anything you love to do besides singing?
I love to workout and hang out with my friends. I also enjoy listening music, reading books and of course shopping! And taking time to just rest is very important too!
Of course! We know you’ve tried repeatedly to sing for Georgia at Eurovision over the years, how did you feel when you won the selection and knew you were going to the contest?
I am an optimistic person and I always believe in myself. I believed and hoped that I would win. But when the moment came and I heard my name as the winner, the feeling was incredible. I worked so much on this project that after the announcement I just began to cry, I was so happy that my work wasn’t a waste of time.
Your song is called “Keep The Faith”, can you tell us about your song and its message?
It’s about just that: Faith. It’s one of the main things that people need. If you have faith, then there will always be a light at the end of the very dark and hard situations. My message is that people, no matter what race, orientation or religion they are, have got to keep the faith , believe in themselves and never give up!
A very powerful and important message! How are your preparations for Kyiv going? Have you thought about how you are going to stage your performance yet?
Preparations are going well, thank you, and I’m currently working on a revamp of the song, so stay tuned for that! We are also going to make a music video and do some photo sessions too. We don’t know yet about what the performance for Eurovision will look like, but I can surely tell you that it will be excellent and unforgettable 😉
We look forward to seeing it! Recently Eurovision Ireland conducted a poll asking readers their favourite Eurovision 2017 song. At one point, “Keep The Faith” had 75% of ALL votes and over 1,000 votes more than the song in 2nd place. How does it feel to know you have such support from your fans and around the world?
I am so grateful to all the people who support me and like my song. This makes me feel that I’m on the right track, so a big thank you to all of you!
As we know, Mariam Mamadashvili won Junior Eurovision in Malta, giving Georgia their 3rd Junior Eurovision victory. Do you feel any pressure now to win the Eurovision Song Contest for Georgia?
I am a very responsible person and I will certainly do my best! I want Georgia to be proud in May.
I’m sure they will be! Speaking of which, as Georgia’s capital Tbilisi will be hosting Junior Eurovision later this year, what are your Top 3 recommendations for visitors to do or try when they come to Georgia?
Hmmm… well for a start, go try some delicious Georgian food! There is a lot to see around the country, so make sure you take some time to do some sightseeing while you’re here as well. Also, Georgian folk and church music is well worth a listen.
We’ll be sure to try those out! Lastly, do you have a message for your fans at Eurovision Ireland?
I want to tell to all my fans in Ireland and online “Thank you for your love! I love you!” All together we can win everything, so Keep The Faith and we will meet in May! 😀
Thank you Tako! გმადლობთ! We look forward to seeing Georgia perform in the 1st semi final on May 9th in Kyiv, Ukraine!
Author: James Scanlan
Source: Eurovision Ireland
Image Source: Eurovision Ireland, Wikitravel