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
What do you think of Georgia’s Eurovision 2022 entry? Share your own score and review for Circus Mircus’s “Lock Me In” below!
This is just… to messy from me. It has the Georgian stamp, no doubts about that, but they announced it was going to be a BOMB and it ended up being an innofensible firecracker. 3,5/10.
Thank you Robyn for having an open mind. Shame on Deban and especially William for being as predictable as ever.
Look, as much as I love indie or alternative rock, I want to like this more than I do now. It’s interesting and different but I don’t see a clear direction or message which make it more complex to empathize with the song. I think it just pretends to be fun and playful.
I do want Georgia to qualify and do well, though.
Georgia stands in my 25th place.
13. France (7)
15. Armenia (7)
21. Belgium (6.75)
25. GEORGIA (6.5)
27. North Macedonia (6.25)
32. Romania (5)
34. Israel (4.5)
It’s kinda funny we have a song called Guilty Pleasure on a year with several Guilty Pleasures to choose from (Georgia here, Norway, Latvia and for some San Marino)
I do like it, but I do have a soft spot for crazy songs. The song is catchy and the psicodelia element on it makes it interesting.
Still, I see it as borderline qualifier the actual performance being its make or break.
This is next level bonkers, and I’m here for it. It’ll stand out for sure and its mercifully short. It reminds me of Indy music in Australia in the 90s but for the life of me I can’t think who. Will this qualify? I… don’t know. I honestly can’t figure it out. There are heaps of songs this year where I’m like “I’ll have to see on the night”. This is one of them.
As expected, really underrated here but watch them all giving 9 or 10s to spain?
have they given all 9 or 10 to Spain? Or is that your wish, so you can say “I knew they were going to give 9 and 10 for spain”? What if they give 4 and 3 to Spain? Will then Circus Mircus score be fair? Why is Spain the centre of comparison? Aren’t any of the other song that have already been given points by the wiwi jury good to show your thesis? Was this simply a cheap argumet to complain on the Spanish song? Are yo so desperate about that that you have to use a piece of… Read more »
I love this song, its funny. Better than Ukraine. 9/10
At present, I do not see this one qualifying. They will ultimately have to rely on what they put on stage. They could come up all 7s like Ireland 2018 (who I also thought was in big trouble), or they could come up all cherries like Georgia 2014.
One of my favorite songs this year and I can’t even vote for it in the semi-final (being in sf1) PLEASE LET THIS QUALIFY! I am begging you to vote for this if you can! This song I feel is either a “love it or hate it” but the risk taken is exactly why they are worthy to qualify for the final. Bring that diversity on Saturday! Plus from the pre-parties we could see them in: they can sing live! Crossing my fingers for them to qualify more than anything in this season!
I really wish I could be voting in the first one instead, it seems like I’m almost always getting stuck with the SF I like less, but as it is I’ll definitely be voting for Nika’s circus so he could finally bring Georgia back to the final after 6 long years in the wilderness (especially as my country was kicked out of the contest before I could actually vote for them back in 2016…).
It’s a really interesting , but it’s going to get lost in the pack of Euro- predictably…..
“Me Eurofan, Me angry, Eurovision only bop and ballad!“
What 1990s British bands does it remind you of?
When I think of that style, I think of Blur and Suede and Oasis. I don’t really think Circus Mirkus is much like them. I’m not disagreeing with the people who have said this, I just would actually like to know who they remind you of so that I can go listen to them. I want more.
I think “Lock Me In” is something that Damon Albarn could make for an experimental album or even for Gorillaz.
Thank you, I can actually see that. It would go nice with some Jamie Hewlett animation. Which would also help with staying anonymous.
I’ve been saying that “Lock Me In'” sound pre-dates anything from the 90s UK music scene but Gorillaz is a pretty good shout. There are some similarities and overlaps there.
I agree, I’ve been thinking that myself – I see a lot of references to Britpop but aside from the British accent, I don’t see the connection (no pun intended, Elastica). Britpop for me had a rockier, guitar-led edge and Circus Mircus is much more keyboard led, so I would equate it more closely to indie pop since the turn of the millenium.
I listened to it again and there is maybe a bit of Kula Shaker in there and maybe Primal Scream?
Pulp? I only really know Common People, but it doesn’t seem too guitary. I was too little at the time to get to know all the bands, so only am familiar with the ones still more famous today.
I’m not 100% certain on Pulp, I suppose there are electronic elements, there is the whole Joy Division progression into New Order thing that happened a few years before, so electronica was definitely being fused with guitars around that time, but I see Circus Mircus more on the “funky” side whereas a lot of the 90s stuff was more straight up rock-pop. As to the whole nationalist thing, it really wasn’t like that, it was a purely geographic description – it was actually a really progressive time, much more inclusion, do it yourself/working class kind of vibe , a reaction… Read more »
I just looked up a “50 Best Britpop Albums” article on Pitchfork. Pulp are actually number one, which I wasn’t expecting. The article starts off with Jarvis Cocker saying he hates the word, he finds it to be nationalistic flag-waving. Maybe it’s just that he resents the whole country getting credit for his work.
Blur, Radiohead, Oasis and Suede come next. I can’t really see Circus Mirkus on any of those albums. There were a lot of other names in the fifty that I don’t know, though.
Some great ones on there. Placebo and Ash are two of my all time favourite bands but they are not what I would call Britpop. Then there are Supergrass, The Verve, they have some awesome tracks but again not like Circus Mircus. I would say Ocean Colour Scene is beginning to get a bit like them. Maybe Cornershop, Black Grape, The Divine Comedy and Super Furry Animals would be worth a try as well if you want to get something like them. Plus Pulp has my all-time favourite line of the 90s “and drink and dance and screw, because there’s… Read more »
I’ll give them a go, thank you. I’ll probably enjoy them even if they’re nothing like Circus Mirkus, so it won’t be a waste of time.
Wiwibloggs is probably one of the last places where I’d expect to find someone who shares my love for Ash 😉
Maybe I’m just being too pedantic and not thinking past the “Britpop” label, which to me was a kinda nationalistically specific British thing about British people. Parklife. Union Jacks. I know some of the bands actually hate the description.
When I’m listening to Circus Mircus, the two bands that immediately come to mind are ELO and The Psychedelic Furs. They feel like an odd combination of the two.
Not Britpop – it reminds me of CAKE, the American band (Short Skirt/Long Jacket)
+1 on Super Furry Animals, would also add Denim and maybe the Auteurs. And there’s more than a hint of the Cardiacs in that chorus – probably unintentional because they’re fairly obscure even in the UK, but they’re *brilliant*, especially if you’re enjoying CM’s rockier side.
As usual, it’s tricky to rate the Georgian entry. I believe we won’t be able to judge it fairly until we know how it will be visually presented. From making it a psychedelic lisergic trip to giving it a family oriented ludic aesthetic, they can go many ways with it, providing a sensorial experience few other entries can achieve. Even if they fail to grab me by the eyes, I already love the joyful brit-pop inspired chorus. Not so sure about the borderline ennerving repetition of the pre-chorus, but maybe I just need to get in the mood. 6.75/10
I like the song and even I can’t get on with the repetition in that part of the song. So whenever you work out whatever mood you need to be in to enjoy it, please share with me whatever put you in said mood. 😉
6.5/10 I love that Georgia always sends something completely different from the other entries, this song is so catchy and weird… and I love that! Maybe it’s not one of my favourites, but I can definitely appreciate this. Can’t wait to see the staging! 🙂
wacky and unusual.. Deserves to qualify and light up Saturday night final..
This gets a lower score than San Marino..so unfair. Cause this isn’t that bad at all.
They don’t really care about either, but Georgia hasn’t got Achille Lauro flaunting his junk about so it gets a bit of a lower score than San Marino in the end…
Or maybe San Marino has a better entry. Just a thought…
I would love Georgia to win Eurovision rather sooner than later, they always bring something unapologetically random and I love them for that!
Although I like this song, I don’t think it’s winner material, unfortunately 🙁
4/10 I really like some bits of this song and really dislike other parts. Unfortunately, there are more of the latter ones.
Georgia – Circus Mircus – Lock me in – a sorta review: Unlike many users of the site, I always enjoyed Geotgian entries and, along with Portugal, these two countries are my favourite Eurovision competitors. This new offering didn’t leave me dissapointed. A quirky track from a band with Daft Punk-ish gimmick radiates British 1970s psychedelia vibes with a groovy intro and a chorus revolving around the contrast with the verses, as well as the juxtaposition between the key of sonics and vocals. The lyrics are quite cryltic and I’m inclined to believe they are utterly meaningless, but that rather… Read more »
I think this entry is absolutely amazing. It’s contemporary, funny, mindful and ironic and with good staging it can be a great moment in Eurovision. I hope it qualifies because we desperately need more diversity in the Eurovision of the future and Georgia needs to be encouraged to continue give us this diversity and offers these treats. 8,5/10
I probably do have Georgia above the countries that you mention, except Azerbaijan of course. For me, SF2 looks pretty straight forward in terms of qualification with only one open qualifier spot left to play for. Why not Georgia though?
My absolute qualifiers from semi 2 are Poland, Estonia, and Sweden, moreover also Serbia and Cyprus. Objectively, I feel like Australia and Finland will make it. Czech Republic probably will as well, especially because they are placed last. I can see the juries going for Belgium, but I can also see Georgia going through with a great staging. Also Azerbaijan. After seeing it live, he really is good.
This isn’t for everyone. The verses are very repetitive and are sang in an uncomfortably high register. That can be off-putting. However, if you can live with those issues, this is a playful little number that really makes good use of the work that it pay homage to. I’m hearing a lot of people compare it to 90s Britpop but honestly, those choruses are a complete homage to the best stuff that you’d hear from ELO to me. I also love the 8-bit sound that comes in at about the time of the second verse. Lyrically, it switches from the… Read more »
I like it, it’s different but why do they keep pulling this lame trick of hiding their faces, it’s so 2006.
I think this entry can pull a Georgia 2016 surprise qualification if staging is superb.
They certainly strattle the line between being fun and a joke act. After watching the Wiwi interview with them in their hotel room, I think it’s more joke act. And the Madrid pre party crowd didn’t really get into their performance at all.
Possibly the most underrated song of the year. The amount of times I’ve seen it last is unacceptable. Proper British sound (clearly Nika Kocharov prefers that sound!), very funky and in general so fun!
Actually praying this will have a psychedelic staging like 2016 and qualify cuz this is a breath of fresh air among all the ballads.
UK juries (and hopefully public).. yk what to do!
Rating: 7.5/10 (17th)
This song is so much fun!
My namesake is a great example of defying the odds and genre bias at ESC, I don’t know if Georgia can do the same thing this year and I’m not as big of a fan of this one as I was of their 2016 entry, but still, with such a nickname I can’t bring myself to rank Nika and his circus any lower than 10th place (2022 has also got a much better line-up than 2016 so there’s a bit of that element to it as well).
L.O.V.E. From Romania
The wide extent of reactions is great news for Georgia. Love it or hate it, works better than being “just a nice song”. Will end somewhere between #6 to #10.
I knew that Robyn would like it. Her comment is on point and I agree 100 %
10) Georgia – If this is Mr. Nika Kocharov (which I’m 99% certain it is) behind this, then I am definitely expecting a fun staging for this song. The music video gives me enough to believe this’ll happen. Lyrically it’s not great, but this isn’t the type of song where I’ll be focussing on the lyrics. It’s Georgia, Georgia like to go the alternative route, and once again I’m 100% here for it. 7.5/10
8.Georgia – It is special. I really want to love it. But it seems like a laid-back bop, as opposed to a banger. I had some expectations (hopes) that this would be psychedelic rock. I want it to be more dynamic. The lack of visuals might make the vibe a bit less accessible.
GEORGIA – As always, Georgia continues sending risky entries, and, as always, I respect that. I wasn’t a big fan of their latest songs, but I feel like I dig this one. It’s quirky, it’s fun, and I like the circus imagery. The composition is fairly repetitive, and the lyrics seem to be between cryptic and random. I feel like there must be a deeper meaning to this, but I haven’t figured it out yet. It leaves a lot of room for great staging, and I think that if that’s done right, this could be a major grower. Even as… Read more »
For interpretation, I’m definitely feeling “lockdown” or “quarantine” in this song. Musicians wanna get out to the dance club, and are ready to “blow up.” Their music is their space craft, as it were. The repetitive notes in the melody are that itching feeling when you need to get up and play music; like when you start tapping on a table out of boredom and frustration.
I like this interpretation, Purple. 🙂
Definitely agreeing that its qualification chances are almost entirely dependent on stronger visuals. If the brains behind the operation are what we suspect, then this is something that they could pull off. It’s a hard entry to dislike but it’s going to take a bit more to get some televote support behind it.
I am really glad you are positive about it though. 7/10 does sound fair and honestly, I’d have no problem putting it higher in my ranking if there weren’t songs I just liked a little more.
It is currently in my mid 20s as well. 2022 isn’t that bad of a year at all, even if 2021 has set the bar quite high. There are 30-ish songs that have some merit to address, Georgia definitely being one of them. I have other favorites, but this is still fun. Qualification will heavily depend on the staging and camera work, but it’s a nice entry either way. Used to be around a 6 when I heard it, but the Willy Wonka styled staging certainly brought it up. I am positive so far.
I don’t think random lyrics are bad. I don’t think music has to make sense in order to be good. It would be another story if they tried to say something deep and their take on the said issue was shallow at best or if the meaning was so primitive that it would become cringe-inducing. But utterly meaningless lyrics aren’t trying to sell themselves as something else and leave a room for endless interpretations or no interpretation at all, which is great in my humble opinion .
I hope it didn’t come across as if I was overtly critical towards the lyrics. Calling them random (even if, as Purple Mask says, they might not even be that random) is a rather neutral observation. While I admit that most of the time I prefer some meat to the message, I much prefer simple, random, or nonsensical lyrics to pretentious or robotic ones.
it’s a song you either get or you don’t. it’s as indie as it gets and a nice addition to this year’s lineup.
The original song is only around 2:30 minutes, so I would have hoped by now a version with an extra 30 seconds that plays around with the structure of the song and edits certain ‘repetitive’ parts to be shorter, perhaps adding a new part of the song. If Circus Mircus can do that, and nail the live performance with a colourful wierd clown-like staging, they COULD do well.
Are they allowed to change the song at such a late stage before the contest in May?
I think that there have been examples of revamps being announced during April. Not sure though. If they had changed it by the time they released their music video for example I don’t think there would have been a problem.
Fantastic. There’s so much fun had with the music here. Evidently the Brit Pop influences are shining through, because it all sounds so British to me. There are also electronic arpeggios going on in the “post-Chorus Bridge” and a bit of a Daft Punk vibe too. Musically, here are some things I noticed: – Intro: Groovy bass line, spoken word rhythms and a counter-beat ticking over the top of it. The whole intro is designed to keep us guessing where we’re going. – Chorus: The key is D, but the repeated note sung is an A, creating an ambiguous “open… Read more »
I see the British influence too, but to me it’s more of an updated version of 1960’s psychedelia. I love it! ?
Yep, I see that there too. 🙂
This is more the influence that I’m picking up in this one. I’m not hearing the 90s but rather late 60s, early 70s.
Are you second from the left in that picture?
That’s his cousin, Purple Mask and Gloves.
I’m all for unique entries, but this doesn’t work. It’s messy, repetitive and unexciting. I feel like there are better songs that do what this song tries to do. Place in top: 40/40. 1/10.
I refuse to listen to this for the longest time because not much focus was given to it and the way the band portray themselves make them look like a joke entry. But after deciding to give the official music video a try, I’m pleasantly surprised. I bet the staging would be a lot of fun.
The song is eclectic and may have it fans . I’ve not yet heard the song even in full yet. I’m not a fan. However , considering its quirkiness and certain reactions if might do good in the televote . Currently I have it in the may qualify category .
Second most underrated entry of the year, just behind Iceland. <3
I went from not getting the song to loving it and singing all the time. It’s crazy, it’s fun – but I get why people are baffled by it and I don’t really see this qualifying. Still – I love it.
19. Georgia: Georgia always does its own thing. And I love that! This year they are offering us a quirky but also interesting song with once again some alternative/ progressive rock influences (and a comeback (?) from Nika Kocharov whose 2016 song is my winner of that year- a fun fact) . The song intrigues me given that I am a rock fan that appreciates experimentation within the rock genre, even if it’s nowhere near as good as ‘Midnight Gold’. In more ways than one, this feels like a logical part 2 of Georgia 2016 which proved to be successful… Read more »
11. Georgia – Circus Mircus – Lock me in – 8/10 – this what a quirky and engaging entry should look like. It has its own idiosyncratic style and a confident point of view. There are surprisingly danceable qualities in the early parts of the song’s structure with a sonically juxtaposed but instantly catchy chorus. The song does not feel overly manufactured, bringing a breath of fresh air into the smog of safe, middle-of-the-road entries we have this year. A lot will depend on the performance in terms of how well it does in the contest.
I think the performance is not something we should worry about. Georgia rarely disapppints in this sector.
Except last year. I mean, he was vocally good, but he looked like he’d rather be anywhere else. Plus the staging wasn’t impressive either.
Yes this is true. I actually liked last year’s song and some elements of the performance like the projected lyrics on Tornike’s white shirt were a good idea. But the overall staging was lacklustre. Not bad just lacklustre. And the fact that as you say, he seemed like he didn’t want to be there, made it worse.
Sure. He wanted to be near the mountains and the sea. I sat in our garden watching the mountains and the sea that we’ve got here, and then the song popped up on my playlist. Suddenly I really liked the song. Really. It fitted my mood. It doesnvt fit a concert hall that well I guess. I wonder howcwell it would have done if everybody haf a garden like ours amd would have voted watching ESC 2021 there.
You might have this ranked a little high but I don’t actually have a problem with your actual rating. I feel people are sleeping on this a bit and putting it at the bottom without really giving it a fair shake. I think it is in the middle of the pack and maybe, the quirkiness does give it a bit of a leg-up on some of the similar entries. There’s some clever musical touches in this and some brave choices.
Think we’re all agreeing it’s an entry that really needs some assistance from the staging choices.