The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to rank and review the 43 songs competing in Eurovision 2018. Next we head to Georgia to listen to vocal group Ethno-Jazz Band Iriao and their song “For You”. Did it feel like they were singing for us? Read on to find out!
Ethno-Jazz Band Iriao – “For You”
“For You” reviews
Kristin: There is something oddly mesmerizing and beautiful about this entry. Maybe it can be considered to be old fashioned but it still has an undeniable charm. And keeping it in Georgian is an extremely strong move. Iriao’s vocal harmonies are out of this world and despite the song’s laid-back atmosphere, “For You” could be the dark horse of 2018. Don’t write the Iriao boys off just yet. They might have a thing or two up their sleeve to create breathtaking magic on stage.
Bogdan: Georgia’s act has something that Bulgaria’s doesn’t: the vocal cohesion that comes with an experienced group. However, what Georgia doesn’t have is a fresh song. While “For You” could have won in the ’90s, it has no chance of standing out in the age of Spotify. Which is sad, because I do think that Iriao is a great act and “For You” is otherwise a respectable entry. Extra points for keeping the song in Georgian, despite the English language title.
Jordi: From indie rock to diva ballad to this year’s traditional offering, Georgia is all about diversity in the Contest. Iriao’s “For You” should be appreciated among this year’s authenticity entries. And feels good seeing countries betting on something diverse, out of the Europop box. The feeling of a peaceful breeze and the ethnic sound make this piece truly special. But at the same time, as the song flows, doesn’t really create a strong impact. I’m afraid for many fans this song would get lost in the recap.
Antranig: If you’re looking for a surefire way to fall asleep, play this song. While the Georgian language adds a bit of flavour, this is otherwise a completely bland recipe. It is completely dated and forgettable, easily lost in a sea of 43 songs. The harmonies are decent at best and this goes nowhere. If we really wanted a song called “For You” at Eurovision 2018, Mariette had a decent one.
Luis: “For you” is a beautiful entry with some wonderful harmonies which lacks of any clear structure or direction. As much as it falls easily on the ears thanks to the members of Iriao’s fabulous vocals, it’s difficult to remember this song after it’s over. It’s like spending a vacation on a beautiful island with friends: you may remind the landscape (that would be “For you”), but the most vivid memories are the good moments you had there (the many stronger entries in this year’s field).
William: Look, not every song is going to be a “Euphoria” or “Molitva”. Hell, not every song is even going to be a “Keep the Faith” or a “Midnight Gold”. Enter Iriao, who come from left field with an easy listening slice of music that wouldn’t sound out of place at a Georgian cultural fair. It’s atmospheric, authentic and builds to a nice final minute where drums and soaring vocals give us the oomph and the life missing earlier in the track. Would I download this? Hell no! But would I be happy to have this at my wedding, were I ever to tie the knot on the lawn of a Caucasus Mountain bed and breakfast? Absolutely.
In the Wiwi Jury we have 20 jurors but only have room for six reviews. The remaining scores are below:
We have removed the highest and lowest scores prior to calculating the average. This is to remove outliers and potential bias. We have removed a low of 1 and a high of 8.5.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 4.86/10
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