The Wiwi Jury — our in-house team of music unprofessionals — is reviewing and rating the 40 competing songs in Eurovision 2022. Next we review Georgia, who have chosen Circus Mircus with “Lock Me In”.
Did they lock in our votes? Read on to find out!
Circus Mircus – “Lock Me In” (Israel Eurovision 2022)
Review: Circus Mircus – “Lock Me In”
Robyn: Look, I’m not exactly sure what is going on here… but I like it! These Georgian indie rock circus clowns — with a lead singer who has a suspiciously antipodean accent — are serving a simple but incredibly catchy tune. The song manages to evoke both the drama of Covid lockdowns as well as some double entendre (“lock me sideways”, you say?), with the end result being a fun song that doesn’t risk being confused with any of the other acts in Turin. More clownery, please!
Oliver: Perhaps the most unpredictable Eurovision competitor, Georgia has boldly opted for full-scale bonkers. Elements of Brit-pop seep through, with hints of Everything Everything in the guitar riffs and falsetto ostinatos. Even so, such ornaments are no strong foundation for successful songwriting. “Lock Me In” is incoherent nonsense disguised as a quirky arts project, dressed up with an elaborate marketing plan that ran out of steam before the train left the station. Mysteriousness is always a fun gimmick, but Norway already has Georgia pipped to the post on that front. The ambition is admirable, but the execution less so.
Lucy: Hear me out…”Lock Me In” is BRILLIANT. Eurovision always needs diversity in genres, and Georgia have yet again provided exactly that. With the rumours of Nika Kocharov being part of the merry band of clown school dropouts Circus Mircus, it was always going to be a vibe different than anything in the contest. From the second it starts with ‘Show me whatcha got…”, we get intense quirk, fun and possibly a shock qualifier? All I know is I can’t stop singing it, it’s catchy as heck. I’m so excited to see how weird the staging could be.
Antranig: I try to find the positives in every entry but sometimes, I have to accept the reality that there simply isn’t much to draw upon. Scraping the bottom of the barrel, the only positive here is the creative way they have crafted some of the lyrics. I think everyone has heard the term “lockdown” enough lately, and I enjoy the way they play with their words. Beyond that, I have nothing positive to add. Better luck next time, Georgia.
Luis: Georgia keeps going their own way at Eurovision and sometimes we’re not conscious of how lucky we are to have them. “Lock Me In” walks a fine line between Daft Punk’s lesser known catalogue and regular 90s Brit Pop. Personally, I’m all for it, but I’m aware this will be a divisive choice. However, some of Georgia’s most divisive entries have brought them gold. Midnight gold, to be exact.
Georgia Eurovision 2022 ranking
In the Eurovision 2022 Wiwi Jury, we have 18 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 9.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 5.34/10
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