The Wiwi Jury — our in-house team of music unprofessionals — is reviewing and rating the 39 competing songs in Eurovision 2021. Next we listen to Georgia where Tornike Kipiani has “You”. Did we enjoy his moody tune? Read on to find out!
Tornike Kipiani – “You”
Lucy: Sometimes simplicity can soar, and that’s exactly what’s happened with “You”. Understated and beautiful, Tornike’s second attempt at Eurovision is unique to anything ever entered in Eurovision before. This calm and romantic sound is popular right now too, with Harry Styles mastering the genre (no really, I compared Tornike to Harry Styles). Do I think it’ll qualify? No, I really don’t, but with Georgia, you never know. Their choices for Eurovision will never be safe, and for that, I will always applaud them. “You” is gorgeous, and I’m very interested in how they even stage this.
Oliver: Georgia is known for bringing a signature uniqueness to the Eurovision stage. And this year, that’s no different. “You” has a lavish instrumentation, and Tornike Kipiani creates a cinematic soundscape, offering some refreshing ideas. But unfortunately, the song itself is tiresome. The lyrics are dull, the development predictable, and the overall vibe dreary. Within the first 30 seconds, we’ve heard everything interesting that “You” has to offer. As a full three minute track, the song feels lengthy and tedious.
Calvin: Whatever you think about “You”, Georgia always brings something special to Eurovision. Despite the mixed reaction last year, they chose another song that’s authentic to Tornike rather than a mainstream production. And I respect that. The song is a bit too dreamy for me and lacks the energy we all know Tornike has inside of him. However, my biggest issue with this song is the tempo. It’s simply too slow and I’m impatiently waiting for something to happen while the created atmosphere struggles to grab me. The focus should be more on his voice than on the instrumentation too.
Deban: There is so much I love about ‘You”. As comforting as sipping chamomile tea whilst wrapped up in a heated blanket, 2021’s Georgian entry takes the listener on a calming three-minute journey. Tornike transitions from the aggro-rock offering of 2020’s “Take Me As I Am” to something resoundingly mellifluous. When he sings, he emotes. When he stares at the camera, his eyes pierce into your soul. This is sunshine pop with a rocky edge. However, will this impact audiences when sandwiched between 38 other songs? I seriously doubt it. “You” is a song best enjoyed — not one to be judged.
Robyn: I rather like this song, with Tornike’s giving hints of Leonard Cohen crossed with a 1970s rock-opera ballad and hints of dreamy R&B. But it doesn’t feel like the right kind of song for Eurovision. It’s more like the sort of music that would soundtrack an evening well spent at a Tbilisi dive bar. Having said that, Georgia is known for creating wild moments with its staging and Tornike could surprise everyone in Rotterdam.
Tornike Kipiani – “You” rankings
In the Wiwi Jury we have 24 jurors but only have room for five 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 7.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 3.82/10
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