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Georgia
Semi final 1
Artist: Tamara Gachechiladze თამარა გაჩეჩილაძე
Song: Keep the Faith
odds: $81

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პოლიტიკური -Political
Something Eurovision is certainly not...



The presentation clip for the song that was provided to the EBU is filled with unsubtle political statements, which would have caused the EBU to not accept this clip, if they had balls. It would not have been the first time თამარა crossed paths with the EBU. Her first attempt to go to Eurovision in 2009 was withdrawn by Georgia after the EBU demanded changes to the song due to its unsubtle political commentary.

Keep the Faith has a bit of religious commentary, confusing ISIS with all Muslims and with the line “Who told you to hide behind the veil”. Georgia shares its borders with two majority Muslim countries, one of whom is competing in this years Eurovision and in the same semi as Georgia. Nil pois to Georgia from Azerbaijan.

The dress worn by თამარა in this clip is very close to that of a previous Eurovision entry. Conchita wore it better. The lights on თამარა’s at the end are a nice touch though.

Keep the Faith was written by Anri Jokhadze, who also wrote and performed the Georgian entry from 2012. He was more successful though when he was a backing vocalist for the 2008 entry.

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Georgia
Previous Entries: 9
Wins: 0
First Entry: 2007 Sopho Khalvashi - Visionary Dream
Most Recent Entry: 2015 Nina Sublatti - Warrior
National anthem: თავისუფლება

2016



Nika Kocharov and Young Georgian Lolitaz - Midnight Gold

This is not a Eurovision song. It is very 90’s indie, well an approximation of 90’s indie. The lyrics appear to be written by someone who’s only exposure to indie is Beck and even that exposure is limited. At least this is the most interesting song this year, not a winner but interesting.

I have been trying to find out more about the Young Georgian Lolitaz and google has not been able to give me any more information that I can find in the official releases. They have been around since c2000 and that’s it. I have found a few other songs of theirs and that stuff seems more true to 90’s indie. I am not sure if I want to hear more music by these guys, but I would like a copy of their CD collections. Then bands they are influenced by are all bands that rock.

This is the second song this Eurovision featuring the musical input of Thomas G:Son. Mr G:son also had two songs last year and he is really trying to be the Swedish Ralph Siegel. G:Son and Siegel both have the same amount of Eurovision wins and I think that will still be the case after this Eurovision.

The Bookies don’t think this year’s song will qualify for the final. The Last time Georgia failed to qualify was 2014

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Georgia
Population: 4 935 880
Area: 69 700
Language: Georgian
Eurovision Attendances: 7
Eurovision wins: 0



Nina Sublatti – Warrior

This is the second Warrior going to Eurovision this year and it could almost be a continuation of the song Malta sent. I can’t even decide which one I like better or even if I like one at all.

Nina is another Idol winner that is representing her country. What it interesting about this song is not only has the composition been altered by Swedish artist Thomas G:son, but the choreography for her Eurovision performance will be directed by another Swede in Sacha Jean-Baptiste. Are they really better than anything Georgia could have produced? But then Eurovision is a truly international event™

Use of Swedish personnel may be an attempt to hire votes, however the bookmakers don’t appear to think they have helped and the odds imply this will be lucky to qualify. I hope it does and Malta does too so they can be performed back to back in the final.

This years an improvement from Georgia’s first entry in 2007 and that is a positive…

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This is all of the semi final 2 performers this year. SPOILER ALERT this has details of their performances as well as a link to their rehearsals. If you want to keep how dire the acts are a surprise, please stop reading now

There is always one Eurovision semi that is far better than the other. This is not the better semi.

Anyways

full list of second semi finalists )

so in short, I doubt anything from this semi will win or even come close. either the song is dire or the performance it not good enough to get it votes.
Best performances: well... possibly slovenia
Auto non-qualifiers: either greece or poland wont qualify or both,

the highlight of this semi is clearly Jessica Mauboy

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Georgia have thrown everything at Eurovision and though they almost always qualify for the final, they have yet to win. This year the bookmakers think this is the second worst song over all. I wouldn't quite be so hard on this song



Artist: The Shin & Mariko
Song: Three Minutes to Earth.

It starts off and you think it is something from the Lion King, then it changes to something completely different. It takes almost 1 minute before the sing starts. Then it chops and changes a few more times then suddenly stops, the song ends abruptly. This song is different at least.

I am not sure about the dancing in the background of this clip. It the dancing is there on the night it will just make this song more interesting. It is also good to see that Colin Grigson (Rik Mayall) got a new band after Bad News.

I really want to like this song but I can't, there is nothing in it that endears it to me. It is 4th in the semi so that's too early for even a toilet break. It might qualify for the final just to make the numbers.

I don't get what Georgia’s song is meant to be about, but I do know that Earth can be translated to Jord in Nordic languages and and “For vår jord” was the 1988 entry for Norway

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Country: Georgia

History...
Debut: 2007
Previous Appearances: 5
Wins: 0

2013...
Artist: Nodi Tatishvili & Sophie Gelovani
Song: Waterfall



Is it just me or is Sophie trying to be a MILF? And Nodi, in a couple of shots he looks like an older version of Ell from Azerbaijan's 2011 entry. Georgia wouldn't try to subtly try to copy a previous winner would they?

I don't mean to be critical, but just a question about the lyric 'You're love is pouring down on me, you're my Waterfall'. Have they ever stood in a waterfall. Like a real waterfall and not the ones they use in commercials. It is not like standing in a shower, it is more like being pummelled with water. It is not beautiful, is like a deep tissue massage. Less loving more painful. Not a good image for a love song

This is one of the better songs Georgia has sent to Eurovision and should qualify which is good because it means there will be a toilet break in the final.

Who knows, this year Georgia may Shine

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Performer: Anri Jokhadze
Song: I'm a joker


I refuse to cross this off the list because Georgia is one of those countries that seriously want to win Eurovision (as opposed to entering to increase the ratings for the shows broadcast). Also this song just average enough to win. It has the potential of an awesome performance and could conceivably win, I hope it doesn't though... listening to this for the next 12 months would make me want to punch Anri in the face. 

I really want to punch this guy in the face. There is no rational reason for it, but i think it would make me feel better. Maybe it is the Lady Gaga influence of this song, which is definitely there, or maybe it is just that he seems to love himself that little bit too much. If I did punch him, would anyone really hold it against me though....

you know how with some songs the more you listen to them, the better they sound... this isn't one of those. The song could be really good, but I think the singer and the poor lyrics hurt it. It isnt that the singer is bad, he is quite a god singer, problem is he knows it. 

At least he doesn't love himself as much as Sakis Rouvas loved himself in 2004, and Georgia's song is better than that Greek rubbish. Anri is only the second singer (or lead singer) to represent Georgia who doesn't have the first name Sopho.  The other one, Diana, wasn't any good either. 



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Georgia:

Wins: 0
Entries: 1
Eurovision 2007 Semi: 8th
Eurovision 2007 Final: 12th

2008:


Diana Gurtskaya - Peace Will Come

Lyrics )

Congratulations to Diana for making it as the Georgian entry, you are proof that the sympathy vote can take you all the way.

Seriously the song isn't that great, it is something I would expect from Germany, the performance was cliché (the 'coming into the light' theme as done by all the former Yugoslav countries at least once) and, well her voice.... she sounded like a 8 year old child. The only reason she got through is because she is blind, same as those that will vote for her and as I will be by the time her song is screened at 14th in the second semi.

Meh, at least it doesnt have the loud and obnoxious noises from heir only other entry, Sopho Khalvashi - My Story. My story was only worth it for the samuri dressed dancers in the backgroud doing a riverdance/zorbas dance/Cossack dance fusion out of time.



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