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EUROVISION 2023 | IRU – GEORGIA : “I am deeply in love with the feeling of love. It’s such a powerful thing.”

EUROVISION 2023 | IRU – GEORGIA : “I am deeply in love with the feeling of love. It’s such a powerful thing.”

Irina Khechanovi aka Iru was born on 3 December 2000 in Tbilisi. She is of Armenian descent. As a child, she took part in various singing competitions. In 2011, on her eleventh birthday, she represented Georgia in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2011 in Yerevan, Armenia as a member of the girl group Candy. The group won the competition with 108 points.

In 2019, Khechanovi was a participant in Georgian Idol. In 2021, she released her debut solo single “No Jerk Around Me”.

In 2022, Khechanovi performed at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2022 as part of a previous winners’ medley. She had also co-written the song “I Believe” by Mariam Bigvava, the Georgian entry for that year’s contest. The entry finished in third place.

Later that year, Khechanovi was a participant in the fifth season of The Voice Georgia. She went on to win the competition on 2 February 2023, thereby winning the right to represent Georgia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2023. Her entry “Echo” was released on 16 March 2023, and she is set to perform in the second semi-final on 11 May 2023.


What does the Eurovision competition really mean to you?

Ever since I participated in Junior Eurovision 2011, I fell in love with the competition, it’s magical moments and experiences, so I’ve always wanted to represent my Country on adult Eurovision. For me Eurovision is bright colors mixing together and creating a very active and powerful picture, where people can see different cultures being One big family.


What defines you as an artist? And how can you describe yourself in 3 Eurovision songs?

My personality and passion towards music. I always have so much to say and singing is the best way to express my emotions. I would describe myself with the songs: Rise like a Phoenix, Euphoria and Arcade


What are your best daily motivations as an artist in ESC?

My supporters. I’m getting tons of positive messages and comments. I do it all for them.


What is the story and the message of your song and how much do you find yourself in the song?

I am deeply in love with the feeling of love. It’s such a powerful thing. When I feel love, I see myself and the world differently, it’s easier to fix problems and go through hard days in life. My song is about this whole journey of finding this powerful feeling that we call love. It’s a process of feeling empty and confused and then there comes inner voices, where it gets messy, scary, confusing and then, BOOM, there’s love.



What details can you give us regarding your show on the stage?

Unfortunately, I’m not allowed to say much about staging, but one thing I can tell you is that, it is going to be a volcano of strongest feelings.


If you could make a duet or a revamp, what artist and song from ESC would you choose and what would you add?

I would make a duet with Rosa Linn and maybe add a little bit of my interpretation to it.


What song of the other chosen do you like the most?

I’m seriously blown away by the talented contestants of this year’s Eurovision, so I couldn’t tell you just one. The songs I love the most are from: Armenia, Italy, Sweden, Spain, Israel and many more.

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Why should people vote for you in Eurovision Song Contest?

With my song, I just want to create a safe place to everyone and encourage them to believe in love, love whoever they want and allow themselves to be loved as well. Everybody deserves some good in life. We’re all in this life together so we have to have each other’s backs.


What will be next after Eurovision?

I want my supporters to get to know me as an artist. I want to create music and more, so stay tuned for some new songs.


For the end, share a message to all your European fans and to Daily Magazine readers!

I just want to say a huge thank you to my European supporters and to Daily Magazine readers. Thank you for listening to my song, giving me motivation to get out there and kill it!

p.s. Don’t forget to vote for me 😊


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