Two songs called “Warrior” entered Eurovision 2015, but only Georgia’s Nina Sublatti managed to take hers to the final. She didn’t just have to fight against her competitors and ultimately had to face off with an unexpected enemy: The smoke machine. (No, not Germany’s). A malfunction caused Nina to temporarily disappear from the stage in a cloud of grey smoke. No even a warrior can fight through that.
Georgian fans are, obviously, not happy. This YouTube videos compares Nina’s two performances, highlighting just how bad the problem was. Right before the first chorus, Nina is almost a shadow on the stage. We know one of Georgia’s strong points was the mystery of its staging, but it’s hard to believe this was what their delegation asked for.
The Georgian fan community is rightfully angry. Eurovision is a contest where good staging is essential. ORF’s mistake may have pushed Nina down the scoreboard. In the end, Georgia finished 11th out of a field of 27, despite the fact she was our readers’ favourite! It isn’t an isolated incident. As we previously reported, Belgium’s Loic Nottet had problems with smoke in the first semi final jury show.
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