EuroVision ’18 Song By Song: “For You”, Iriao, Georgia

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eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica has daily coverage of the days counting down to the Eurovision Song Contest 2018!

Over the coming weeks, sometimes more than once a day,  we will bring you daily previews of the contest, spotlighting each of the songs individually in random order, where they come from, who will be performing them, and more, as well as some historical info on the contest and some of the past winners and participants.

Next up on our Song-By-Song preview is the official entry from Georgia, “For You” by Iriao (full name Ethno-Jazz Band Iriao), music by David Malazonia and Mikheil Mdinaradze, lyrics by Irina Sanikidze . The song is performed in Georgian. As indicated by their name, the band performs ethno-jazz numbers, which for those of us who aren’t sure what that means is a combination of traditional Georgian polyphonic harmonies and jazz. The song will be performed 10th in the competition order on the second semi-final on May 10.

I really want to like this song more than I do. I love the vocals, and the harmonies are exquisite in several places. However, several times there’s a huge swell of music…and then they don’t follow through on it, falling back to a softer sound. Maybe this is what traditional Georgian music is, but I’m not used to it. The rather stark performance-style video is nice, but a little TOO stark for my tastes. The band deserves the success they’ve found in the musical circles they inhabit, but I don’t think it’s going to translate well to other audiences, be it EuroVision or the US charts.

Georgia made their debut in EuroVision in 2007, and have placed in the final eight of the ten times they’ve participated. Their best showing has been ninth place.  They ended up withdrawing from the 2009 contest due to controversial lyrics of the chosen song, which referenced the then-Russian Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin; they refused to rewrite the lyrics as requested by the European Broadcast Union.

Here’s the official music video  – see what you think…

Join eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica each day through the finals on May 12 – be sure to check each site, because some of the features will be exclusive to just one of the sites! The daily artist and song profiles will appear on each site, with some past winners and historical info coming to TKR and PlanetBM in the next week or so as I complete my research!

We’re featuring THREE songs a day the rest of this week, FOUR songs each day this weekend, and will wrap things up with three final songs next Monday! After we’re finished with the song by song preview, it will be time for yours truly to start unleashing some historical favorites and such…

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