Eurovision 2017: Georgia takes to the stage for their first rehearsal

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1st rehearsal30 April 2017
09:40 - 10:10
Meet & Greet: 12:00 - 12:20
Tako Gachechiladze
Keep the Faith
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Although the stage directors specified the contestants should wear their full costumes, Tamara appears in a simple white t-shirt and jeans, so it is unlikely she will be wearing this for her live performance. She does however hint at what is to come by wearing (and later removing!) a red cape, reminiscent of Valentina Monetta in 2013.  We also know that the Georgian designer Lasha Jokhadze has designed Tamara’s final outfit for Eurovision.

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Tamara Gachechiladze placed in seventh position in day 1 of ESCToday’s Daily Press Poll 2017, having received a total of 13 points from across 35 press voters.

Norma John of #Finland had the best rehearsal today according to the Press Poll. Azerbaijan and Portugal were also among today's favourites. What do you think of the results?Yle Euroviisut

Posted by Esctoday on Sunday, April 30, 2017

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How did Georgia rank in day 1 of ESCToday’s Press Poll 2017? Follow our live video with the full results from today’s rehearsals!

Kyiv Calling: Day 1 Rehearsals and Press Poll

Tune in at ESCToday and check the first Press Poll live from #Kyiv!

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Official pre-rehearsal and rehearsal video from Georgia’s first rehearsal from

First rehearsals completed with Georgia’s Tamara. Check out some of the official images! ( ©)

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Rehearsal snippet by Eurovision’s official Instagram:

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Lindita’s team captured Tamara’s first rehearsal this morning during a live stream.

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Tamara is all set and ready for her first rehearsal at the IEC!

Hello Kyiv ✌🏻✌🏻🙏🇬🇪

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During the Meet & Greet, Tamara said that her role model from Eurovision is Celine Dion, however she wants to remain herself in the contest.

About her 2017 song, she stated that it was inspired by James Bond.

Keep the faith has a great message, as there are many tough moments in our lives and no matter what you just got to keep the faith.

When asked about her band’s Stephane & 3G withdrawal from the 2009 contest, Tamara responded:

We wanted to bring some protest in a fun way to Moscow but at the end it didn’t happen. However, it wasn’t my project so I didn’t care too much about it, but now my participation is more important than then. Now I will sing about the faith and not about Put in.

Tamara also stated that she didn’t record a Georgian version of the song as she didn’t believe that it would suit her entry.

Tamara’s vocals are good and that’s pretty much all about it.

The performance is very generic: red, white and black abstract smoke-and-particles backdrop help Tamara as she simply stands and sings the song. As reported before, five hidden backing singers accompany her: Mariam Akobia, Mariam Jomardidze, Natia Oqruashvili, Giorgi Tskhvariashvili and Guri Pasikashvili.

Might be saved by the juries but I’m not sure whether the televoters would like it. Might be Georgia’s second non qualifying entry – but we’ll have a better image when the press will vote later this evening.

In terms of pyro, Georgia got fire blazing a couple of times towards the end of the performance.