Georgia is currently the most successful nation at Junior Eurovision having won no less than three editions of the contest. When they’re not winning the contest, they are often in the Top 5, if not the Top 10 and this year they are hoping to continue the run of good results with Tamar Edilashvili and her song Your Voice.
There’s good reason why we often see Georgia in the Top 5, and that’s because they have an incredible understanding of what it takes to succeed at Junior Eurovision. They haven’t always grasped the same understanding at Eurovision, but there’s an immense amount of creativity that always goes into their Junior Eurovision entries.
The nation’s go to strategy seems to be sending something very energetic, imaginative and kid-friendly but this year they’ve taken a different approach. Your Voice is mature, well composed and interesting, and although it isn’t like any of their entries before, this song is still a risk in its own way.
The song opens in a very understated way, and you would expect a ballad for the entire three minutes, but it picks up as the song progresses, reaching the epic chorus. It’s not often we hear a drum and bass style song at Junior Eurovision and for that reason this really stands out. It’s not a traditional pop number, but is much more uplifting than a traditional ballad. They have found a middle ground which works incredibly well.
Although the music and song itself are very impressive, something has to be said about Tamar’s incredible vocals. Being able to sing like that at such a young age is mind-blowing, and now having seen a snippet of the rehearsal, it’s hard to fault. This is another one of Georgia’s specialties, so we know we can expect a flawless vocal performance. I don’t want to comment too much on the stage show since I have already seen parts of it, but I am excited to see it as a whole instead of just a small snippet. It definitely looks unique, and as a whole package this may be one to beat.
I don’t know if I can see Georgia win only because of the competition this year. There are some fierce competitors, but had this participated in a different contest, this would have triumphed. That said, I wouldn’t be surprised at all if we do see Georgia back at the top, or at least near the top with this one. This is a 10/10 from me.
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