The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues with the songs competing in Georgia’s national selection for Eurovision 2017. Next we’re looking at Brandon Stone & Eteri Beriashvili with “Heyo Song”Davit Shanidze with “Mtveris katsi” and Dima Kobeshavidze with “Scream”. Is the successor to the Young Georgian Lolitaz in here? Read on to find out!

Brandon Stone & Eteri Beriashvili – “Heyo Song”

https://youtu.be/6CaIjdJKpDM

Antranig: This has the Agnete effect of three songs spliced together into one. It goes all over the place and I am left feeling completely confused. I like it in an “it’s so bad it’s kinda good” way but effectively, this is a complete mess of a song.

Score: 0.5/10

Chris: That’s a lot of information to get in three minutes. Yet… I kind of like it? I don’t know. This one is all going to come down to the stage performance and then some serious editing down the line. They both sound good though and, crucially, it has a memorable hook.

Score: 6/10

Luis: Ten years ago, more or less, my old Sony Ericsson had an app where you could create ringtone melodies with different sounds that emulated instruments. I suppose this song was produced with that. Everything around this is pure nonsense. Now seriously, how can anyone think that this song could go to Eurovision? They’re lucky we can’t give them points below zero.

Score: 0/10

Renske: This song is trying so hard to be modern and happy, but when the chorus hits, you can hear how extremely dated it actually is. Eteri and Brandon are both very capable performers, but the combination between them does not work.

Score: 3.5/10

Robyn: There’s a lot going on here, loads of different music styles. It’s like a journey through the past 40 years of pop. It could be a disaster, but Brandon and Eteri make it work. Their energy and enthusiasm carries through, taking the listener on a goofy, joyful ride.

Score: 7/10

William: It’s fine to preach positivity and world peace, but does it have to sound so sleazy? From the man’s gigolo intonations to talk of the beat and heat, so much feels so wrong. Furthermore, the 80s warehouse sound is completely at odds with wholesome Eteri — perhaps best described as a singing nun turned lounge singer. When she says “let us sing this crazy song” I want to LOL. It’s like Mother Theresa telling you to slay.

Score: 2/10

In the Georgian Wiwi Jury we have 12 Jurors, but only space for 6 reviews. The remaining scores are below:

Bernardo: 2/10

Cinan: 4.5/10

Dayana: 3.5/10

Jordi: 6/10

Josh: 1/10

Zakaria: 1/10

The highest and lowest scores are removed before calculating the final score. We have dropped a low of 0 and a high of 7.

Wiwi Jury Score: 3/10

Davit Shanidze – “Mtveris katsi”

https://youtu.be/gYvgT4h7Tts

Antranig: This song sounds like something that has been rejected from Festivali i Këngës. That should tell you how dated it is. It needs to be made about three centuries more current before I can rank it anywhere but last. Fast forward to the next one.

Score: 0/10

Chris: I appreciate the native language choice here: in English, this would no doubt be much more drab. Could definitely do without the terrible sax solo. This could totally work as part of an epic film soundtrack, but I don’t think it would quite cut it at Eurovision.

Score: 4.5/10

Luis: This is that kind of song we always find at Melodifestivalen. There’s always an old man, like Hasse Andersson, singing a ballad or something slow that won’t go to Eurovision, not in a million years. This is dated and depressing, but I prefer it to many others in this selection.

Score: 4/10

Renske: It’s good that the song is sung in Georgian — it gives the song something special. But it is old-fashioned (not dated) and would have been a perfect entry for Eurovision 1977, but not for 2016.

Score: 5/10

Robyn: This reminds me a lot of System of a Down, but with their hard rock edge tempered by a more gentle jazzy groove. Davit has a hearty wail, made even heartier by the inclusion of a honking saxophone. This isn’t a Eurovision song, but I’m still intrigued to see what Davit does with it in the national final.

Score: 5/10

William: I could hear this on the big screen — in the end credits of a depressing movie when management want you to get the hell out of the theatre. Davit, no doubt an accomplished male vocalist, sounds as if he is giving birth. That conveys emotion, but it’s not something you want to download.

Score: 3.5/10

In the Georgian Wiwi Jury we have 12 Jurors, but only space for 6 reviews. The remaining scores are below:

Bernardo: 3/10

Cinan: 4.5/10

Dayana: 1/10

Jordi: 7/10

Josh: 3/10

Zakaria: 1/10

The highest and lowest scores are removed before calculating the final score. We have dropped a low of 0 and a high of 7.

Wiwi Jury Score: 3.45/10

Dima Kobeshavidze – “Scream”

https://youtu.be/bJKbGZTPyqA

Antranig: We have Dima not-Bilan with a song that starts off sounding promising. Unfortunately, it never delivers on that promise. It sounds flat throughout, and the chorus blends into the verses. It is forgettable, to say the least.

Score: 0.5/10

Chris: So many of the songs in this national final take a good concept and then never attempt to do anything else with it. They’re all so one-note and that’s the issue that “Scream” has. It’s not that bad for this field, but it doesn’t excite me or motivate me to want to support it.

Score: 3/10

Luis: When your song is called “Scream”, you anticipate that it’s going to have that wow moment. Unfortunately, it never arrives in Dima’s song. It builds, builds and builds, but the chorus is weak and slower than the rest of the song. Props for the production and the verses, but the chorus needs to go!

Score: 5/10

Renske: “Scream” is like any other very standard Eastern European NF entry: catchy start, but nothing really happens. There is no climax. However, Dima’s song is one of the only modern songs in this competition and it is not unpleasant to listen to.

Score: 5/10

Robyn: “Scream” sounds like it’s building to something really massive, but it never quite gets there. The song is let down by its chorus, which is about as generic and forgettable as it can get. Georgia needs better songwriters!

Score: 4/10

William: This sounds like a song that might make the cut in Belarus: A broody male singer vocally masturbating while never delivering any sort of memorable climax. But there is a bridge and he does finish off quietly, so that merits two points.

Score: 2/10

In the Georgian Wiwi Jury we have 12 Jurors, but only space for 6 reviews. The remaining scores are below:

Bernardo: 4/10

Cinan: 4.5/10

Dayana: 6.5/10

Jordi: 6/10

Josh: 3/10

Zakaria: 2/10

The highest and lowest scores are removed before calculating the final score. We have dropped a low of 0.5 and a high of 6.5.

Wiwi Jury Score: 3.85/10

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AngieP
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If I had to pick one I would pick the last one. You can listen to it. Generally, dissapointed. Nothing stands out.

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I’m not trying to be offensive, but my opinion about all these three songs is: they’re all terrible. From this short explanation, hopefully, people already know what I mean when I say this about these songs.

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Ohhh. That “Heyo Song” had me in fits of giggles!! It also sounds like a song I co-wrote a very long time ago with a friend, on one strange afternoon just for a laugh. Please don’t send it to Eurovision though.

Reviewers have been a little harsh on Dima; if he sings well live then he could do well. Not every song has to have a “wow” chorus to work right; some get by just fine at telling the story.
Have fun with the rest of the reviews.

mawnck
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mawnck

Whoa, that Brandon and Eteri track is a thing of monumental awfulness, ain’t it. I love it! (But please don’t send it.)

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cheesecake

I think the reason why the Georgian broadcaster sent all 25 shortlisted songs to the final is because they just couldn’t pick 10 finalists themselves, the songs are all equally bad. So they probably just thought “screw it”.

By the way I couldn’t stop laughing throughout the first track, it’s hilarious.

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(J)ESC Fanatic

Davit’s song is pure torture. I applaud anyone who can listen to it without vomiting and feeling depressed.