Anri Jokhadze is the Georgian joker

Anri Jokhadze is the Georgian joker
Anri Jokhadze. Source: Andres Putting (EBU)
Baku, Azerbaijan -

The fourth country to rehearse today was Georgia. Anri Jokhadze has already visited Baku many times and feels like at home here. Today, the singer performed in his costume that he will wear on the Semi-Final night.

The Georgian representative Anri Jokhadze talked to Eurovision.tv about his first rehearsal: "First time we were concentrated on the sound. Well, I was not satisfied with my first rehearsal because I was awaked so early in the morning on that day. I had to be in form but I was yawning all the time. No singer can sing well in the morning. At the moment I don’t feel in form as well but today we are going on stage in our costumes for the Second Semi-Final and we will shine. But for the dress rehearsal next week we will be okay because it’s in the evening and I can sleep long."

Anri Jokhadze shared his thoughts about his song I’m A Joker: "I am a joker in my real life. For me, the word joker has a positive meaning and good energy. It’s a lonely person who makes jokes and makes people laugh but he is always alone in his soul. So I am: I never show my problems and always smile."

Anri told us that he has already visited Baku many time and loves this city. The artist feels like home here.

Anri appeared on stage in a red monk’s habit. After having performed the operatic part of his song, he took it off revealing in the black costume. Anri’s shirt was decorated with silvery shining stripes. Anri delivered very powerful performance.

The artist was accompanied by five backing vocalists and dancers. Four of them were wearing black leather basques that fit Arni Jokhadze’s performance very well. One dancer had a long red dress split up the sides.

On the LEDs, fast moving stars and circles were displayed to support the eclectic style of the stage act and the strong beat of the song. The main colour of the stage lighting was red.

In the press conference, Arni told that his second rehearsal went well. “I’m tired. I’m not used to get up so early”, the singer said.

Arni was asked to name five most beautiful female participants n the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest. The artist said that the Azerbaijani singer, Sabina Babaeva, is number one for him, following by Ukraine, Albania, Sweden and Russia.

One journalist asked Anri to explain his stage costumes. The singer said that in the beginning his red costume means loneliness. After the Georgian part of the song is performed, the encouraging part starts with words "do what you wanna do".

The backing vocalists together with Anri performed some national Georgian singing in the end of the press conference.


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