Last night the Wiwi Jury, our international panel of music unprofessionals, flew to Georgia to eat some traditional khachapuri and to review Nodi & Sophie’s “Waterfall”. Did we need a life jacket to deal with all that water? Or did we end up floating blissfully in a sea of love? Read on to find out.

HK Dick: Now this really could propel Georgia to their highest Eurovision finish yet. So much depends on how much chemistry Nodi and Sophie can conjure up between them. Sophie will deserve a best actress nomination if, at the end of three minutes, we believe that her waterfall is gushing for Nodi who resembles a younger looking Des O’Connor. Her juices are probably more of a trickle than a cascade (enough of the waterfall puns)…Nice piano and strings throughout and bound to score well with juries and the public.

Score: 8/10

Georgia's Sophie & Nodi
Georgia’s Sophie & Nodi

Vebooboo: If you’re going to break out supremely OTT (over the top) lyrics like ‘There’s no me without you’, then you better deliver on all dimensions. Whereas Denmark brought it with their duet in 2010, I feel this one falls completely flat. I grew up singing ‘don’t go chasing waterfalls’ from TLC, and I think that message is now ingrained in me. I will not chase after these two in the press centre. I will not ask for their picture. I will not try to sleep with Nodi. On all three accounts, I am giving Georgia especially harsh treatment this year compared to my usual behavior with Eurovision acts. I seriously hope Thomas G:son isn’t getting a big bonus for his work on this one. I’m dying for the year we get to travel to Tbilisi for Eurovision and feast on all the country’s amazing food. Sadly Ima have to wait yet another year.

Score: 5/10

Alexander: If you want to win Eurovision, what do you do? Hire the composer of last year’s winning entry! That’s exactly what Georgia did this year, as Thomas G:son composed “Waterfall”. This song feels like a mixture of Ukraine 2013, Spain 2012, Azerbaijan 2011, and Denmark 2010 to me. It’s a typical and generic Eurovision ballad, but I have to admit that I like it. It’s not original at all, but still beautiful. Even with their hilarious accents, Nodi and Sophie are great singers and do justice to the song. Their performance does feel a bit too superficial though—the sparks that they are trying to convey just aren’t there.

Score: 7/10

Bogdan: I like it and I like the two voices together, but this “Waterfall” looks artificial to me. Nodi and Sophie have no chemistry together. (Maybe the organizers noticed that, too, and that’s why they barely feature together in the video?) But then what are they going to do in terms of staging in Malmö, are they going to put them in different corners? Not to mention that it’s too soon for a “Quédate Conmigo” tribute! “Waterfall” has clearly copied the formula of last year’s brilliant Spanish entry, but I wonder whether it’s going to enjoy the same success…

Score: 8/10

Mr Häggkvist: It’s not a fan or press favourite, but when the voting starts we’ll see lot’s of 8, 10 and 12 points. People will appreciate this after the contest. I don’t love it, but I think Mr G:Son did a great job with this entry that for sure will be in the final.

Score: 7/10

Sophie and Nodi GeorgiaWiwi: Sophie’s statement that “Your love is pouring down on me like a waterfall” is a bit too porno for my liking. But can you blame her for having nasty thoughts? Nodi, who we bumped into at Eurovision in Concert, is pure muscle. I hope he wears a tight, low-cut top at Malmö. In any case, this is one of the few songs that gave me chill bumps when I heard it live. You can’t fault this duo vocally: they are on point and in charge, and that helps you overlook the fact they have absolutely no chemistry. The song keeps building throughout the three minutes. And when it reaches its “Quadate Conmigo”-style climax the pleasure is two-fold. Double trouble, y’all! It’s cheesy, dated, predictable, saccharine, over-the-top and a blatant repackaging of Spain 2012. But it has mass appeal and two of this year’s strongest vocalists. We seriously might be going to Tblisi next year!

Score: 9/10

Deban: Georgia raises the bar with this number. The official video is equally spectacular, and proudly showcases the sweeping vistas of the Vardzia region of the country. This duet aspires to be a reprise of “Running Scared”, and in doing so, surpasses the original. It soars beautifully and uses nature as a vehicle to invoke their all-encompassing love. Staging, wardrobe and LED capture are crucial to “Waterfall”‘s success in Malmo. Thomas G:Son has been drafted to produce this entry. Rest assured, high quality will trump other factors.

Score: 8/10

Wiwi Jury Verdict: 7.43/10

Wiwi Jury Final Ranking: #5 out of 39 contestants

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Leon
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Leon

Their voices blend together incredibly well. Joyous and uplifting – I could listen to this repeatedly.

Vio
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Vio

One of my favourite songs after Cezar´s “It´s my life”. The problem is the total lack of chemistry between the two – it is like Nodi made some indecent proposals to Sophie, she refused, and now it´s awkward to act as lovers on the stage.

Trevor
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Trevor

This has CLASS stamped all over it. Lush strings and piano and original enough not to sound like all the other romantic ballads you ever heard makes it truly believable as a performance.

AlAlekoff
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AlAlekoff

Good one, Ari…I was wondering how to describe it myself, but you are spot on…speaking of songs who are TOO Eurovision-like. 😉

Ari
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Ari

Too safe, too predictable. The lyrics are so cheesy that I’m confident the writer was carved out of a Gouda wheel… The male lead has very good vocals (eclipsing the female more often than not). If they stage it properly and manage to convey the yearning like the video does (and not just stand there yelling the song at each other like a couple of raccoon) it will do well. I just… after reading the lyrics… I feel as if someone is so disrespectful of my intelligence, I mean – COME ON… “sailing on a sea of dreams” jeez I… Read more »

Bahar
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Bahar

Most of people from Georgia have strong vocal voices….it is interesting fact…like most of Italians born with vocal abilities 🙂 possibly is climate effect 🙂 I mean statistics of vocal abilities comparing to population 🙂 amazing 🙂
Good luck lovely Georgia from Azerbaijan <3

Alex
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Alex

Someone who has the originality to come up with Euphoria should know better than to blatantly copy a song he wrote for the contest last year. Then again, Denmark 2010 had a very, very obvious influence as well. Yes, the melody is nice, but the climax is a cheap rehash of Pastola Soler’s shining moment last year that feels rather forced when it comes in. I think the jury should consider originality a little more in the scoring.

The biggest shame about this is that due to regional voting patterns, Georgia will probably do better than Spain did last year.

Alexander Green
Guest

@Gav Because it’s still a good song, despite it being done before. The melody is nice, the vocals are strong, listening to it makes you feel good, etc.

Gav
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It’s kind of interesting how nearly all the reviewers speak negatively of this, being “standard, cheesy, no chemistry, poor dynamics, typical” then give it a really high score. A really good mate of mine gave it a high score too and when I asked him why he said ‘oh I think it will do well’. At then end of the day do you like it as a piece of music in its own right or be curse it’s typical and should do well? I personally find it dull, the accents are bad, it’s bland and one of the poorer entries… Read more »

Pablo Nava
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It’s a nicely written song, powerful music, but the issue is that Pastora already did it. It sounds almost exactly like the spanish effort. I wonder why this didn’t got a case open about G:son’s self-plagiarism, because this sounds way worse than the “Euphoria-Glorious” thing.

THis will get throgh the final, I think, and it may be around 11 or 12 place, like the average Georgian entries.

Anthony Ko
Editor

If Bayern Munich hired Pep Guardiola based on this Barcelona achievements, then Georgia have done the exact same thing to Thomas G:son based on his achievement with Loreen and Pastora Soler last year.

Yes, there’ll be known as “Quédate Conmigo 2.0” to some people and G:son certainly wouldn’t want to hear the dreaded “P” word again, after his recent confrontation with Germany. But if he’s more than capable of composing top notch ballads, then he’s wonders for Nodi and Sophie on this year.

Now it’s only a matter of time on whether this entry lives up to our high expectations.

Sasha
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Sasha

“I will not try to sleep with Nodi” pff suit yourself, amirite guys? Also the comment about them being in different corners of the stage…it’s funny because according to the preview of the staging, that’s exactly how it starts off, haha. Oh, PS) 12 points.

Penny
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Penny

While this is a strong, I’m putting my neck out and saying it’s going to miss the Top 10. Qualifying is guaranteed, but don’t forgot Pastora only scraped into the Top 10, and I feel there are already stronger memorable songs that will get those spots 🙂 I do like the song though, an infinite improvement on Running Scared…even if it lacks the infectious ‘oh oh’ hook!

Alexander Green
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@Vebooboo “Press centre in Baku”? 😉

Kerry L
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Kerry L

THIS IS THE WINNER FOR 2013!!! LOVE FROM LONDON!