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Eurovision fans woke up on Sunday to the second artist confirmation for Turin. Georgia’s public broadcaster revealed that Circus Mircus will represent the country next May. The curiously quirky and cryptic announcement has left plenty of fans screaming “chaos!” and wondering aloud what exactly is going on.

But several clues spread across the internet and a few sloppy mistakes have given away that the group shares the same team as the Young Georgian Lolitaz — the last act from Georgia to qualify for the final. That team includes YGL lead singer Nika Kocharov.

Below you can check out eight reasons why we think Circus Mircus may well be the Young Georgian Lolitaz reborn and rebranded.

Are Circus Mircus really the Young Georgian Lolitaz?

1. Their Tbilisi circus academy backstory seems fake

First things first. A good mystery needs a great cover. According to their official social media pages, Circus Mircus consists of a group of three circus academy drop outs, formed in late 2020. 

That would be a great back story if Tbilisi actually had a circus academy or any school that teaches circus arts. But in 2020 it didn’t, making it impossible for them to be circus academy drop outs.

Next to that, Circus Mircus have been quite sloppy sharing this backstory. On their official Instagram page — jokingly called @circusmircusunofficial — the group posted that they were expelled from the Tbilisi circus academy and then toured with Mr. Kite’s travelling circus for several years before teaming up. That is significantly different than the story they first shared…unless Mr. Kite accepts just about anybody.

Mr. Kite, by the way, has no travelling circus. 

Instagram Circus Mircus

2. Nika Kocharov was their second follower on Instagram

One of the first clues that pointed in the direction of the Young Georgian Lolitaz is that the aformentioned Instagram account’s second follower was Nika Kocharov himself.

In any case, Nika is very close to Circus Mircus, having also liked their Facebook page and their record label’s page Stockton Records. And he is FB friends with the accounts of several of their “members”.

3. Igor Von Lichtenstein, Bavonc Gevorcyan and Damocles Stavriadis seem like fake people

On Stockton’s website, Circus Mircus is described as having three members: Armenian drummer Bavonc, Belgian singer and guitarist Igor, and Greek bassist and vocalist Damocles. However, these definitely seem like pseudonyms to help the bandmates keep their real identities under wraps.

Their three Facebook profiles were created in November 2020, around the same time the band’s Facebook page was created. They were then developed afterwards.

Igor, Bavonc and Damocles have no pictures of themselves on their profiles. Next to that, they are completely absent on other social media and don’t exist on the internet outside of Facebook. No Twitter, LinkedIn, newspaper articles, Instagram, TikTok, etc. We’re fairly certain you won’t find them on Bumble or Tinder, either!

4. Members of the Young Georgian Lolitaz wrote the Circus Mircus songs

Meanwhile, fans noticed via lyrics aggregator Lyrics.com that Nika has taken credit for several of their songs. However, Nika is not the only Young Georgian Lolitaz musician associated with songwriting for Circus Mircus. Aleksandre Sulakvelidze, who is the current YGL guitarist and keyboardist, also appeared to have written some of their material. 

Another name leading to the Young Georgian Lolitaz is a third Circus Mircus songwriter, Giorgi Sikharulidze, who was part of the YGL during their time in London. Sikharulidze also wrote songs for the Lolitaz during their 2016 national final. 

5. Young Georgian Lolitaz’ members and friends have constantly promoted their music

Another thing that is noteworthy about Circus Mircus is that the group was initially promoted by Young Georgian Lolitaz’ friends and family. Archi Sulakvelidze was the first person to rate the Circus Mircus Facebook page, barely a week after it was set up and he shared their music on his Facebook page. 

The only people who shared their music and tagged them, as visible via the Circus Mircus community tab, were people associated with the Young Georgian Lolitaz. They included, amongst others, Sulakvelidze and Lika Evgenidze, Nika Kocharov’s girlfriend, who also shared their Eurovision announcement. 

6. They have a similar sound to the Young Georgian Lolitaz

Eurovision fans have pointed out that Circus Mircus literally sound like the Georgian group. The current Circus Mircus indie rock sound reminds many of the songs from the 2016 Georgian national final before “Midnight Gold” was revamped heavily by Thomas G:son. 

Some fans say they recognise Nika’s singing voice on several Circus Mircus tracks. 

7. Spotify data reveals that they share listeners

Another source that points towards the Young Georgian Lolitaz is that Circus Mircus and the Eurovision 2016 group share listeners on Spotify. On both bands’ Spotify pages, the algorithm shows that fans of one band also follow the other.

Shortly after their announcement, Circus Mircus only had about 70 monthly listeners and were largely unknown in Georgia. The behind-the-scenes data therefore suggests yet another pre-existing relationship.  

8. It just sounds like something they’d do

The Young Georgian Lolitaz made a name for themselves within the Eurovision community with their great sense of humour. Their members have a history of performing in other bands with interesting names, including Lady Heroine, Afternoon Version and Z for Zulu. Circus Mircus is in keeping with their earlier eccentric choices. To many it’s simply genius.

9. They were the last Georgian act to make it to the final 

The Lolitaz were the last act to reach the final for Georgia. The country has been struggling to qualify for the final for several years, with Georgian Idol winners Oto Nemsadze and Tornike Kipiani among those failing to go through. Perhaps the Georgian broadcaster hopes to turn the tide and think that Nika and friends are the right ones to do it — albeit with a new name and rebrand. 

Who do you think are behind Circus Mircus? Are they actually the Young Georgian Lolitaz? Let us know in the comments below!

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Efraim
Efraim
7 months ago

I mostly enjoyed their song and performance in 2016, but no strobe lights this time around, please!

Luc
Luc
7 months ago

I was concerned when I read they’re gonna represent Georgia next year. However, I joked about a secured NQ for next year, but if this turns out to be the case (and I hope so), it’s a 180° turn

Eugenie
Eugenie
7 months ago

Wow! A true detective story going here. I’m not Fox Mullder, but I want to believe.

Lil Krumpy
7 months ago

Whoever they are, they won’t be basic. And I live for that.

MyName
MyName
7 months ago

It would be great if true. My favourite music in ESC is rock music. And for me actually Georgia 16 is one of my alltime favourites

David Landon Cole
7 months ago

Let’s be honest, the old name was terrible. God knows what would happen if you put that into Google.

Luc
Luc
7 months ago

I tried that once -tbf I didn’t know what a lolita was at the time, and you won’t want to do that

Polegend Godgarina
7 months ago

the doxxing chile

Martin Palmer
7 months ago

Just in case you have no idea how Mr Kite and the circus are linked together…

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Being_for_the_Benefit_of_Mr._Kite!

Whoever Circus Mircus are, they definitely like “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”!

Ieva
Ieva
7 months ago

Well that just makes things even better!

Roodi
Roodi
7 months ago

I hope not his last song was so bad

Héctor
Héctor
7 months ago

Well, this is good news! Would love to see them back. They completely killed it back then. I got to say I wasn’t a fan of the song.

Last edited 7 months ago by Héctor
Ellie
Ellie
7 months ago

For the benefit of Mr. Kite, there will be a show tonight on trampoline

John Lennon is alive in Georgia, start up the rumors

Joe
Joe
7 months ago

That all checks out. Midnight Gold is one of my favorite Eurovision entries ever so I will be delighted if this really is their sneaky return to Eurovision

Roodi
Roodi
7 months ago
Reply to  Joe

is your twitter looney_joe

Joe
Joe
7 months ago
Reply to  Roodi

You are correct my friend

Ashton
Ashton
7 months ago

‘It just sounds like something they’d do’ LMFAO PLS

Thanos
Thanos
7 months ago

Well if that’s the case I am over the moon! Gimme some good alternative rock Georgia!

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
7 months ago

I’m pretty glad because the description of circus mircus kinda sounded like a mess aka georgia 2012!

Interestingly enough: if their fake facebook identities were created in november 2020 already, does that mean the georgian broadcaster already selected them for eurovision 2022 that early? Would’ve given them a lot of time to come up with a song.

Last edited 7 months ago by Frisian esc