Georgia is one of the newer nations to Eurovision, having only made their debut back in 2007, but despite that, they have found success in most of their participating years. There have been a few times where they’ve finished in the Top 10, and others where they’ve only just missed out on the Top 10, but there have also been certain years where they fail to qualify – including last year. So what do they have in store this year?
This year it will be the group Iriao representing Georgia with their song For You, and for the first time in Eurovision history, the Georgian song will be completely in the Georgian language. They were one of the first acts picked of the 2018, but the last to reveal their song, but was it worth the wait?
Wow, well, this is definitely one of the most unique entries of the year, and one of the most unique entries we’ve ever heard from Georgia. Interestingly, this was one of the entries I was most looking forward to hearing once I had heard some of their other music, but now that I’ve heard their entry, I’m not sure how to feel! Upon my first listen of the song, I think I was a bit more underwhelmed than I wanted to be, but now that some time has passed, I can hear the song with fresh ears.
I definitely appreciate the uniqueness of this song, and that it feels connected to the culture of the nation rather than being a generic song. I love that we finally get to hear a song completely in Georgian at the contest, and for that alone, the song should be rewarded. I can definitely see the appeal of this song, it’s peaceful and it’s magical and most importantly it’s original.
Saying that, I haven’t been totally captured by this song as of yet, but it’s definitely growing on me the more I listen to it. I think perhaps this could be one of those songs that will really come alive for me when I see it performed live. I suspect the vocals on this one will be mind-blowing, and I honestly can’t wait to see how it’s staged and performed.
All aboard… the ethno folk train!
I think this is too nice to not receive any votes. On the night, being between two big pop songs of Australia and Poland will help it stand out as the unique song of the night, and I can see this getting some support from both televoters and jury. I still can’t be sure if they are a certain qualifier, and if they do get into the final I have no clue of where they would end up. It’s one of those songs that is unpredictable, and we’d have to wait until the votes come through to know whether it was a hit or miss!
Our rating: 7/10
If you support Georgia at Eurovision, make sure to vote for Group Iriao in our poll! Watch their official video below, and follow our Eurovision 2018 playlist on Spotify.