Review: Iriao- ‘For You’ (Georgia)

Artist: Iriao

Song: For You

Country: Georgia

Rating: ★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆☆

Ranking: 43rd

Betting Odds: 251/1

Georgia have been known to take risks at Eurovision and rarely do they pay off. You’ll recall their 2016 attempt in which Nika Kocharov teamed up with the Young Georgian Lolitaz to give us PowerPoint graphics and an epilepsy inducing lights show alongside their song ‘Midnight Gold’, a call back to Brit Pop only with awfully confused lyrics. Then there was their 2014 entry which mixed Sci-Fi and Folk music. The result was the Shin and Mariko’s ‘Three Minutes to Earth’, a bizarre muddle of lyrics and theme which failed to make an impression on fans or juries.

2018 and Georgia are at it again. This time it’s Ethno-Jazz band Iriao who take up the reins for the nation at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. In an attempt at blending the genres of Georgian Folk music and Jazz their Eurovision track is called ‘For You’. The nation of Georgia is not typically synonymous with the genre of Jazz, and there is a reason for that. Georgian folk musical instruments and the laid back yet emotive musical stylings associated with the Jazz genre just don’t make a musical mash up that most of us can enjoy.

The vocals on the track are at best painful and at worst excruciatingly torturous. Despite the misleading English title ‘For You’ is sung entirely in Georgian, a sudden change from the Georgian language title ‘Sheni gulistvis’. At least most listeners won’t be able to tell how bad the lyrics are if they’re in Georgian.

The band themselves lack any sense of charisma or stage presence. Judging by the quickly muddled together video which sees the band perform in an abandoned building while a sultry lady waves her arms under a white silk cloth, I wouldn’t expect anything wildly exciting from their staging at Eurovision.

Georgia will perform in the tenth slot in Semi Final 2 on the 10 May and I wouldn’t be expecting to see them in the Final.

For more information on the artist here is 10 Things About…Iriao!

The full lyrics to the song are here and check out the video below!

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