Wiwi Jury: Georgia’s The Virus with ‘Gabede’ (Dare)

This afternoon the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — travelled to Tbilisi to munch on some khinkali in the middle of Rike Park. While we were there we decided to review The Virus‘ Junior Eurovision 2015 track ‘Gabede’ (Dare). Did we dare to love Georgia‘s song, or was it time to tell them the truth? Read on to find out…



Robyn: Georgia is getting the party started. “Gabede” is a fun, energetic song, combining a traditional rock ‘n’ roll number with modern electro-pop production. The lead singer of The Virus is a proper rock star — he has the swagger! This should be so much fun to see live.

Score: 9/10

jesc georgia virus 4 lizaWilliam: Powerful harmonies, an easy-to-remember chorus, neon-coloured outfits — what could possibly go wrong? Georgia embraces crazy with alpomb and the kids serve major musicality with a healthy side of wackiness. The chorus may be repetitive to some, but it’s a clever device to court votes on replay. These kids love what they’re doing, which makes it difficult not to love them.

Score: 9/10

Rezo: The song is modern and catchy. Yes, I’m Georgian, but trust me: Georgia will own the stage at Junior Eurovision on November 21. Georgia just knows how to rule JESC and The Virus will explode. Get ready!

Score: 10/10

Mario: ‘Gabede’ is all about having fun, but it does have a message: live your life to the fullest. This is a very kid-friendly song that immediately gets stucks in your head — and stays for a while. Best of all it never gets repetitive. Point of story: never call the police if you see kids playing music in their bathrobes in the middle of the night – they may be recording another Junior Eurovision hit!

Score: 8/10

jesc 2015 georgia 6 elenAngus: Rocky, gaudy and hypnotic, the Virus is going to infect all of Europe with “Gabede”. It has that feel-good vibe that Betty from Armenia tapped into last year: super kid friendly, super fun and super threatening for anyone who thought they had winning in the bag. The styling is…kind of out there…but they can sing well so it doesn’t really matter.

Score: 9/10

Bernardo: With the perfect staging, this alternative tune could bring Armeec Arena to the ground. The kids are on fire and breaking all the rules as they work some pretty eccentric outfits. It’s definitely not my favorite – it doesn’t fit my musical taste — but it definitely has what it takes to sway young kids.

Score: 6/10

Deban: Aptly named “The Virus”, this is a scream-fest tied into a melody. With hues of nursery rhyme and stadium-rock, this is misdemeanor at its most melodic. You’ll either love it or hate it.

Score: 5/10

Our jury consists of 21 people, but we only have room for 7 written reviews. Here are the remaining 14 scores.

jesc georgia 2015 tako 7Antranig: 7/10

Diego: 6/10

Edd: 9/10

George: 6/10

Jason: 7.5/10

Josh: 8/10

Liam: 7/10

Luis: 8/10

Marek: 5/10

jesc 2015 georgia data 8Renske: 9.5/10

Sinan: 4/10

Sopon: 8.5/10

William C: 5.5/10

Zakaria: 5/10

The highest and lowest scores are dropped prior to calculating the average score. This is to remove outliers and reduce potential bias. We have removed a low of 4 and a high of 10.