Georgia’s song selection for Eurovision 2016 takes place on February 14, but voters in the country are already voting. Sadly we don’t have a Georgian passport or mobile phone, but we do have opinions on each of the five songs. So over the next week the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — will review Nika Kocharov & Young Georgian Lolitaz‘s five songs. We’re honest and uncensored, and we promise this hurts us more than it hurts you. Today we review ”Weagree”.
Nika Kocharov & Young Georgian Lolitaz – “Weagree”
Antranig: Less than a second in I’m already feeling heavily sedated and under the influence of some poorly made hallucinogen. Sadly my hallucinations are of stumbling out of dark alley after one too many drinks rather than lollipops and rainbows. This joins an elite group of songs along with the likes of John Karayiannis that I simply could not finish.
Luis: I’m loving this laid-back ambient sound, but it goes too long without any progression. There’s a long wait before you get a key change, so I understand people will find it monotonous. As a fan of this kind of music, I can only welcome this song into my playlists, but maybe the grand audience won’t be so receptive.
Renske: “Weagree” is a great ambient song, but I’m afraid that it won’t work at Eurovision. You simply have to fill in three minutes and this song might bore a lot of people. After two minutes the song finally comes alive and is simply beautiful then, so there’s still a lot of hope!
Robyn: This is the one song written by Nika Kocharov himself, and it’s a lot like the sort of dreamy, surf guitar the band is known for. It’s utterly gorgeous to listen to, but I have that prickly feeling that it might not be captivating enough for Eurovision. But then, maybe it’ll turn into a romantic slow-dance for the Globe audience, a moment of oximated magic.
William: I do not use recreational drugs. But I imagine that if I did, this song might provide the soundtrack to my morning-after — it’s confused, hazy and most definitely gives me the impression Nika is coming down from a high. Thankfully he manages to find his way home with this one, reaching a rather nice climax around 2:30. It’s contemplative, atmospheric and, in a weird way, stirring. His vocals are on-point and, compared to the other entries, this sounds 100% authentic to him and his Lolitaz.
In the Georgian jury we have 14 jurors but only room for five reviews. The remaining nine scores are below!
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 0 and a high of 9.