#34 – Georgia
Songwriters: Tornike Kipiani
The Kirkham Report welcomes you to my coverage of the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest! From April 3 to the end of May, I’ll be here with all the latest ESC news and info, and of course, through May 11, that means I’m also bringing you all the info on each song this year ranked in order of my personal preference from bottom to top. I’ll give the reasons for my personal rankings, and some background info on the song, artist, songwriters, and such. Again, these are MY opinions, and I realize that the ESC fan community is a rabid one, and rarely everyone agrees with everyone else, so as they say, your mileage may vary. It was announced March 2 that ESC will take place under Scenario B of the four possible scenarios announced several months ago, with an eye on the recent uptick in Coronavirus cases in the EU, and could be switched to Scenarios C or D if needed.
There are 39 countries participating this year, down from 41 in 2019 – Bulgaria and Ukraine will return to the contest after taking 2019 off, while Armenia, Montenegro, and Hungary have elected to sit out this time around, and Belarus was disqualified from this year’s contest because of rules violations on their song entry.
In at #34 this year is the official entry from Georgia, “You” by Tornike Kipiani. It is performed in English, and is scheduled to be performed 10th in order at the second semifinal on May 20. The country currently selects its entry in a combination of internal selection and participation in the Georgian “Idol” franchise. Kipiani is one of 24 artists retained from the cancelled 2020 contest to represent their nation in 2021
Kipiani shot to national fame as the winner of season one of the Georgian ‘X Factor” franchise in 2014, and has had musical success in his country off and on since. He also won the 2020 edition of “Georgian Idol” and won the slot to represent the country at ESC, which was thwarted by the cancellation of the contest last year.
What I’m thinking about this song…I was a huge fan of Kipiani’s 2020 entry “Take Me As I Am“. I loved its drive, its passion, and how it chose to deal with world stereotypes. This year, Kipiani has taken the opposite approach with a very slow….VERY VERY slow love song. And as talented as I think Kipiani is as a songwriter and performer, this one is one of those snoozy songs that several countries inevitably enter each year, and while the sentiment behind the song – a declaration of undying love for THE ONE – is sweet, I’m sorry, it just doesn’t cut it. As he showed last year, Kipiani is capable of so much more. And this seems almost…shortcut, especially when you consider the complexities of his 2020 entry. Sorry, I love the guy’s voice, but I just can’t give this one a pass. It’s a total bust for me.
Georgia made their debut in EuroVision in 2007. They have placed in the final eight of the twelve times they’ve participated, with last year’s entry never getting the chance to compete due to the cancellation. Their best showing has been ninth place. They have missed the finals the past two contests.
Here’s the official music video for “You” – check it out…see if I’m being too harsh..
And while you’re at it, check out his entry from the cancelled 2020 contest, “Take Me As I Am”…
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