Nearly two months after being announced as the representatives of Georgia at Eurovision 2016, Nika Kocharov & Young Georgian Lolitaz finally have revealed the five songs that will face the public vote, with the winner to be revealed at the national final on February 15.
Selected from over 100 entries, the five shortlisted songs are all in English. One of the songs, “We Agree”, was written by the band’s frontman Nika Kocharov.
Broadcaster GPB had put out a call for songs with “melodic song structure of alternative and indie rock with electronic beats, synths and/or samples, and club orientation of post-disco dance music”. While we’re not hearing a lot of the electronic sounds or indeed the “post-disco dance music”, the five songs are delivering strong indie rock sounds, with a particular Britpop influence.
Despite not being a popular style for Eurovision, we’re curious to see where the selected song takes the band. The band are curious too, as they’ve told us, “You must fit the whole essence in one song”.
wiwibloggs’ Tbilisi correspondent Rezo was on the scene as the collective debuted the five songs live on the TV show Komunikatori.
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The public televote open on Thursday February 4 and will close on February 15. The same day, again on Komunikatori, the votes will be combined with that of an international jury to determine the winning song.
Although the band themselves don’t have the pressure of having to win the national final, the selected song can make or break their result in Stockholm. It comes down to the Georgian people to choose the best song, one that could bring home Georgia’s first top-five result.