Khalvashi performing at the Eurovision Song Contest 2007
|Native name||სოფო ხალვაში|
|Birth name||Sopho Khalvashi|
May 31, 1986 |
Batumi, Adjara, Georgia
Sopho Khalvashi (Georgian: სოფო ხალვაში [sɔpʰɔ xalvaʃi]; born 31 May 1986 in Batumi, Adjara, Georgia), also sometimes known as simply Sopho, is a Georgian musician of Laz heritage. It was announced on 12 December 2006 that she would represent her home nation at the Eurovision Song Contest 2007. The song "Visionary Dream" was Georgia's first entry into the contest. The song was previously called "My Story".
She claimed third prize at the commercial song contest "New Wave" 2006 in Jūrmala, Latvia. After success there she signed a contract with Russian management agency "ARS" led by Russian composer Igor Krutoy. She then returned in triumph to her homeland, where she immediately received an offer from the Imedi TV channel to host local talent show "On Imedi's waves".
In the semifinal on 10 May 2007, she finished eighth; as one of the Top 10 qualifiers she secured a spot for Georgia in the final. In the final on 12 May 2007, she finished 12th, earning maximum points from one country, Lithuania.
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|Awards and achievements|
(first time entry)
|Georgia in the Eurovision Song Contest
with Peace Will Come