The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to rate and review the 41 competing entries of Eurovision 2019. Next we turn to Georgia, where Georgian Idol winner Oto Nemsadze has “Keep on Going”. Did we heed his message? Read on to find out!
Oto Nemsadze – “Keep on Going”
“Keep on Going” reviews
Chris: Clearly, there is a lot of passion behind “Keep on Going” — but, based on his national final performance, Oto perhaps feels the passion too much. Too often this looks and sounds like a man angrily shouting at a football match, rather than a polished Eurovision act. There’s positives in the composition, but this will need to be much tighter and likely will rely on other songs underperforming to get far.
Florian: Georgia gives us another ballad that touches upon everything you’d expect to see in a Eurovision ballad. Unlike previous Georgian entries, I am struggling to find a way to connect with the song. Maybe it just needs to translate better on stage. But as of now, I fear this could get lost in the masses of songs in Tel Aviv.
Renske: In many parts of Eastern Europe, artists have used — and are still using — rock to express their feelings towards cultural and political changes. “Sul tsin iare” is a song that will only be understood by Georgians, but will leave the rest of Europe cold. It doesn’t matter though. This adds to a list of “1944”, “Razom nas bahato” and “Face the Shadow”, which all showed musical expression about local pain.
Julian: Sorry Georgia – “Keep On Going” will go the same path as Iriao last year had to go. I don’t mean that in a nasty way! I respect the cultural aspect in the song. It just does not let me feel anything while hearing it. It annoys me after a minute. Oto can sing very well though, so maybe he will change my opinion about his song, but for now this one has to join the end of the queue to qualify.
Lukas: It seems that Georgia doesn’t want to do that well at Eurovision once again because second year in the row their song is very different from the rest — in a bad way. Oto is a great singer and gives a great performance but sadly this song just goes nowhere. Rock songs aren’t my cup of tea to begin with, but this song doesn’t make me change my mind at all. There is just way too much noise in one song and I still can’t find the chorus of it.
Oliver: There are aspects of this which definitely deserve some praise. Rock is a genre rather seldom heard at Eurovision, much less is the Georgian language. That being said, this entry lost me in so many other departments. It felt clunky, abrasive and loud to the point where it was really too much for one song. While there were mountains and valleys in terms of musical progression, the transitions between verse and chorus felt a bit messy thus making it a rather difficult song to remember and follow.
In the Wiwi Jury we have 29 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 9.5.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 3.76/10
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