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As the country with the most victories to date, Georgia has constantly been one to watch when it comes to Junior Eurovision. In this 2022 edition, all eyes are on Mariam Bigvava, who will represent the Caucasus nation with her song “I Believe”.

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Georgia in Junior Eurovision 2022: Mariam Bigvava with “I Believe”

Ever since debuting in 2007, Georgia has never put their foot off the pedal, including winning the whole contest the following year. With two more victories in 2011 and 2016, the country has cemented itself as a dedicated Junior Eurovision powerhouse.

Mariam earned the right to represent Georgia in this year’s contest after winning Ranina, the long-running children’s talent show that the country has used to pick their Junior Eurovision singer for five years. From big Disney numbers to traditional Georgian songs, and even songs in completely foreign languages, Mariam excelled and impressed a number of judges to claim a stunning victory.

Mariam has been singing since she was very little, and has worked in mastering the arts of traditional Georgian folk songs and instruments since she was seven. She enjoys playing football and lists Billie Eilish as one of her inspirations.

What do the “I Believe” lyrics mean?

“I Believe” is an avant-garde pop number written by Giorgi Kukhianidze, Beni Kdagidze, and Iru Khechanovi.

Mariam sings about what the world needs for a fruitful, calm future — peace. She comments on how we should all come together as one to deliver this: “All together soon / Hoping for peace / We will be in one house”.

The punchy, futuristic instrumental with fraying hooks and a rock edge creates an interesting fusion with the more acoustic, organic parts of the music. This offers some very interesting layering to the song, carried over with a mix of Georgian verses and an English-language chorus to drive the point home.

“I Believe” lyrics – Mariam Bigvava (Georgia JESC 2022)

Lyrics: Beni Kdagidze, Iru Khechanovi; Music: Giorgi Kukhianidze

Georgian transliteration

U la la la la la
U la la la la la
U la la la la la
U la la la la la

Gulidan ismis khma
Peradi sit’q’vebis
Peradi sit’q’vebis

Q’velani ertad male
Mshvidobis imedit
Ert sakhlshi viknebit

Thing, what we always need
Thing, what we always want
It’s just a simple peace
I wish it for the world
Thing, what we always need
Thing, what we always want
It’s just a simple peace
I wish it for the world
World, world

Gulidan ismis khma
Gulidan ismis khma

Q’velani ertad male
Mshvidobis imedit
Ert sakhlshi viknebit

Thing, what we always need
Thing, what we always want
It’s just a simple peace
I wish it for the world
Thing, what we always need
Thing, what we always want
It’s just a simple peace
I wish it for the world
World, world

Vaghebt chak’et’il sivrtses
Ibadeba dghe
Momavals shevkmnit lamazs
Da mts’ams viprent

U la la la la la
U la la la la la

Thing, what we always need
Thing, what we always want
(I wish it for the) World
(Thing, what we) Always need
(Thing, what we) Always want
(It’s just a simple peace)
(I wish it for the world)
Lalala leyeeeeee

English translation

U la la la la la la
U la la la la la la
U la la la la la la
U la la la la la la

A voice is heard from the heart
Colorful words
Colorful words

All together soon
hoping for peace
We will be in one house

Thing, what we always need
Thing, what we always want
It’s just a simple peace
I wish it for the world
Thing, what we always need
Thing, what we always want
It’s just a simple peace
I wish it for the world
World, world

A voice is heard from the heart
A voice is heard from the heart

All together soon
hoping for peace
We will be in one house

Thing, what we always need
Thing, what we always want
It’s just a simple peace
I wish it for the world
Thing, what we always need
Thing, what we always want
It’s just a simple peace
I wish it for the world
World, world

We open the closed space
The day is born
We will create a beautiful future
And I believe we will fly

U la la la la la la
U la la la la la la

Thing, what we always need
Thing, what we always want
(I wish it for the) World
(Thing, what we) Always need
(Thing, what we) Always want
(It’s just a simple peace)
(I wish it for the world)
Lalala leyeeeeee

What do you think of Georgia’s song for Junior Eurovision 2022? Could Mariam Bigvava give the country a fourth win with “I Believe”? Let us know in the comments below.

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pink bucket hat
pink bucket hat
8 days ago

So many parts of the songs remind me of coldplay and rihanna princess of china

Lollipopmonster
Lollipopmonster
9 days ago

I like the song very much. Would be okay for me if this song wins the competition (but my favourite is still the UK this year).

Eurotoxic
Eurotoxic
10 days ago

Children have more things in their thoughts than “peace in the world”. Please write songs more interestings…!!

Rypl
Rypl
10 days ago

Always the same people behind Georgian entries, if Sweden gets their hate at ESC why Georgia is allowed to do this without anyone complaining?

Jonas
Jonas
9 days ago
Reply to  Rypl

I complained.

Rypl
Rypl
9 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

Good.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
10 days ago

Wouldn’t mind this winning. Georgia are so consistently good at this JESC thing and once again, I’ve got this ranked really highly!

Stefania mamo mamo Stefania
Stefania mamo mamo Stefania
10 days ago

Two singers of the former group Candy, that won JESC 2011, are involved in this song: one wrote the lyrics and the other is a backing vocalist. The boy that was part of Bzikebi (group which won JESC 2008) and the Baby Gaga (Mariam, the girl that represented Georgia in JESC 2010) are also backing vocalists in this song. The composer of the song is responsible for at least 90% (if not all) the songs Georgia sent to JESC, it is incredible that he can make from Bzz (2008) and Mari Dari (2011) to Happy Day (2015) and I Believe… Read more »

Jonas
Jonas
10 days ago

Adults are allowed to do backing vocals? The same adult has written every song Georgia has ever sent? None of that is good.

sam
sam
10 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

why fix something that’s not broken? georgia is the most successful country in JESC and giga has probably the largest hand in their success

Jonas
Jonas
10 days ago
Reply to  sam

Maybe because giving other people a chance is more important than results. Let talent flourish and grow, not just give the same person the same job every year. The contest should not be an easy industrial job for a lucky few.

Jonas
Jonas
10 days ago

An okay song, performed well. Children don’t need to hear this message, though, adults do.

Donkey
Donkey
10 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

I feel like you think there’s no difference between children and babies

Jonas
Jonas
10 days ago
Reply to  Donkey

How many children are on the UN security council?

microfibertowel
microfibertowel
10 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

it’s not the are on that matters, it’s the will be.

Una
Una
10 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

Children want peace and adults do war 🙁

Jonas
Jonas
10 days ago
Reply to  Una

That’s all I was saying, I’m not sure why you get five upvotes and I get five downvotes.

Una
Una
9 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

I get you.

Whisker
Whisker
10 days ago

Very nice!

Una
Una
10 days ago

I like it a lot. The lyrics are age-appropriate, the message is current and the music gives it this serious vibe, and the visuals are enticing. Great work, Georgia.

Ria van de Velde
Ria van de Velde
10 days ago

I like the song very much

CatcoolH
CatcoolH
10 days ago

One of my favourites this year, I can’t wait to see it live!

Vivian
Vivian
10 days ago

Georgia hardly ever misses in JESC, and I think it’s where their quirky songs work best. I’ve pretty much liked every Georgian JESC song, excluding 2010, 2014 and 2020. All the others were great. This entry is in that sense another brick in that wall, in other words… This is another really strong JESC entry from Georgia that’s sure to do well with the juries.