TBILISI, GEORGIA – Were you ready to fly to Georgian capital city next year for Eurovision 2017 ? Well, I guess you can start unpacking… GPB has just premiered the five songs viewers will have to choose from for the 2016 Georgian entry. During the « Komunikatori » show, Nika Kochanov was interviewed before the five acts were introduced. From tomorrow, and until Valentine’s Day, GPB viewers will be able to cast their votes.
The song Nika Kochanov and THE YOUNG GEORGIAN LOLITAZ will perform in Stockholm will be announced on February 15th during the very same Komunikatori show. In recent years, let’s say that Georgia has tried everything, from Disney soundtrack (2013), to weird ethno popish extravaganza (2014) or aggressive singing crow (2015).
This year, it’s going to be Indi- pop-rock! Once again, my first impression of Georgian entry is the same year after year “how can GPB think that could do well with this tune?” (that’s what I would call the Portugal-Georgia syndrome…)… Mind my words, the songs aren’t bad at all, it’s even quality pop sometimes, but I cannot call them “Eurovision friendly”. Now let’s see what Georgia has in store for us this year…
Just imagine some rather talented teenagers performing rock in their parents’ garage. Here you are! “Midnight Gold” is not bad, but it isn’t good either, far too much saturated sound for me. I can’t imagine this entry in Stockholm, far too weird for Eurovision ears…
Pain In My Heart
A more popish sound here but still that “performing amateur teenagers” feeling though. But, it does sound like a smoother version of “Midnight Gold”… Next!
Right Of Wrong
An even more popish tune, like the theme song of some teenager film. “Right Of Wrong” is somewhat better than the two previous songs, a bit more melodic with better vocals, but no way it could do well in Stockholm I’m afraid.
Sugar And Milk
Pure pop, not to say British pop rock, with some clear Blur or Beatles influences. Though a bit repetitive, the musical arrangements are nice and will please more than one rock fan.
The last entry is a slow rock ballad that definitely is different from the other tunes. It’s very “easy listening” and could easily be heard in some lounge bar in Tbilisi old town. It’s pleasant, and slow (maybe too slow though).
So, songs number 4 and 5 could be wise choices, but, to be honest, Georgian viewers, this years, don’t have a tremendous choice for their Eurovision entry… yes, we already miss Nina, the 2015 entrant…