Review: Oto Nemsadze- ‘Sul tsin iare’ (Georgia)

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Artist: Oto Nemsadze

Song: Keep On Going

Country: Georgia

Rating: ★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆☆

Ranking: 41st

Betting Odds: 251/1

Georgia will be represented by Oto Nemsadze, the winner of Georgian Idol 2019 at Eurovision this year. The singer will sing the ‘Sul tsin iare’ or as it has been revamped for Eurovision ‘Keep On Going’. Find out what we made of the song.

As always we begin our Eurovision countdown with our least favourite song. This year that title goes to Georgia yet again, for the third time in four years. Georgia just don’t seem to have what it takes to gain my interest in their musical efforts at Eurovision. Much like with Nika Kocharov and Young Georgian Lolitaz (2016) and Iriao (2018), Oto Nemsadze doesn’t give me much to get excited about.

Oto has a decent vocal, but it is hidden in the mundanity of the song. There are elements of folk, gospel and rock in ‘Keep On Going’ but despite this eclectic mix of genres, it continually falls short. There are bursts of excitement for example with the harmony arrangement on the chorus which sees the lead vocal played well off the echoed backing vocals. However just when you think it is going to crescendo into something special, the mood of the song is taken down again to a low warbling monotony.

Georgia’s past track record at staging also leaves much to be desired and I feel that their efforts in 2019 will do little or nothing to elevate the song. I don’t expect the song to go down well with either juries or the audience at home and think not only is the song unlikely to qualify from the semi final, but it could also finish dead last in that semi.

Check out Oto’s performance of the song at the national final below and to find out more about the singer with our 10 Things About…Oto Nemsadze and if you’re interested in the lyrics of the song, these are available here.


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