Earlier this week the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of musical unprofessionals — headed to Tbilisi where we admired the Byzantine, Russian and Middle Eastern influences on Georgian architecture. After gorging on khachapuri — a traditional Georgian dish of leavened bread filled with cheese — we sharpened our knives and sat down to review Nina Sublatti‘s Eurovision 2015 song “Warrior”. Did Nina impress us with her fighting spirit? Or were we left saying WTF? Read on to find out…
Georgia’s Eurovision 2015 song
Reviews: Nina Sublatti with ‘Warrior’
Bogdan: In the open conflict with her Maltese rival, Nina definitely won the revamp battle. Her song now sounds like a declaration of war, and I love it! Moreover, all her live performances since the national final have been on point both vocally and attitude-wise (despite some pronounciation issues), and I am hoping that the staging and choreography in Vienna will amplify the spellbinding effect of the song. Colour me oximated, warrior queen!
Padraig: I’ve done a complete U-turn with Nina’s “Warrior”. For a long time its popularity baffled me, and as far as I was concerned the battle was already lost. But then something clicked, and I realised that this is actually bloody brilliant! Innovation, thrills, drama, excitement – Georgia have them all in bucket-loads. I’m expecting some serious theatrics in Vienna, because this is war!
Robyn: “Fighter! Oximated!” Nina asserts as the song begins. Wait, “oximated”? It turns out it’s a scientific term used in organic chemistry – to react with or convert into an oxime. It’s purely a technical term, with no metaphoric or poetic use in English. I have no idea what message Nina is trying to get across with this, but it perfectly fits in with the bold, dramatic and mad world of “Warrior”. This song is totally stucked in my mind and I love it.
William: If I ran into this Gothic diva in a dark alley, I’d give her all my money as long as she promised to sing to me. She’s got soulful vocals that work well with this song about female empowerment. Part Janis Joplin and part Elvira, she had me hooked within seconds. At the national final I hated the bridge — she sounded like a cat giving birth. But her thoughtful revamp has turned that kitty into a tiger who roars with the best of them.
Angus: ‘Warrior’ feels like the rallying cry to Georgians after the disastrous fate of The Shin in Copenhagen. Aggressive, intimidating and a little confusing, ‘Warrior’ kind of steamrolls you whether you like it or not. The editorial visuals have me in love, but lyrically this could be a lot stronger.
Chris: Definitely overhyped and overloved by its staunchest of supporters, “Warrior” is not a Eurovision winner no matter what any pre-contest polls may tell us. That being said, the song took a huge step forward in its reworking and with a perfect draw, Georgia will surely be in the final. She will do well to make sure she doesn’t alienate too many fans in the run up the contest, lest it come back to haunt her.
Deban: By far the best effort from Georgia in recent years, I’m in love with Nina Sublatti’s Gothic energy. She brings strong vocals and a fierce stage presence. Her music video, which deserves a short film award, gives a good indication that Team Georgia are taking staging and artistic direction very seriously this year. “Warrior” is haunting pop at its best! However, is there room for two warrior princesses at the 60th anniversary? Bring on the battle.
Mikhail: From the first listen this song has been “stucked in my mind“. It is powerful, energetic, and has some mystic energy. And what an amazing job Georgians did with the revamp! When I hear the very beginning, I think that the whole Mongol army is running at me! This is stunning! It captures you and you cannot take your ears/eyes off it. This warrior will slay in Vienna! Go Nina!
Patrick: If you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say anything at all. I really don’t understand why people like this – it’s an ok song maybe but for me it’s nothing special. She may exude personal strength, but I don’t feel the strength in her voice, song or message. It’s dark but it’s too much. I really don’t like the song and she puts me off as a person. I’m not feeling Georgia once again.
Sinan: Strong, different, painfully cool — this is fierce. Nina sings great live and I think she will do very well in Vienna. The video is just an accessory for the song, but it makes the whole package even more amazing. Slay kween!
Our jury consists of 29 people, but we only have room for 10 written reviews. Here are the remaining 19 scores.
William C: 7.5/10
To reduce potential bias, we drop the highest and lowest scores prior to calculating the average. We removed a low of 2 and a high of 10.