ESCountdown 2019: #38 – “Keep On Going” by Oto Nemsadze, Georgia

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN! Welcome to my ESCountdown 2019, presented by eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica! Between April 7 and May 10, I will countdown my picks of the entries in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019! There are 41 countries participating this year, and we’ll bring you each and every entry from them all!

Last year, when we first launched our ESC coverage, I did the songs in random order. This year, I’m changing things up a bit. Due to copyright issues with the way I did my TKR videos on YouTube, my ESC show last year never made it to public consumption. So this year, rather than just cover the songs, I’m 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.

Up today is my #39 this year, it’s the official entry from Georgia, “Keep On Moving” by Oto Nemsadze, written by Roman Giorgadze . The song is performed in Georgian, and will be performed 11th on the first semi-final on May 14.

29-year-old Nemsadze won this year’s Georgian Idol on March 3, securing him the right to perform this year’s entry to the contest; previously, he had participated with his then-band Limbo in the national contest in 2017; he also finished second on a recent edition of The Voice in Ukraine.

In one of the fan commentary videos online, the video’s creator referred to Nemsadze as  looking “like a serial killer” and although they were trying to be funny, they were somewhat correct in that meant-to-be-funny comparison as the man is INTENSE. Despite the song’s upbeat lyrics, which refer to keep trying, keep singing, no matter what adversity life may throw your way, you cannot escape the earnestness and intensity he is able to bring to the song – clearly he BELIEVES what this song says. It’s not my cup of tea, personally, but it has it’s fans out there too…and he IS kinda scary…heh heh…

Georgia made their debut in EuroVision in 2007, and have placed in the final eight of the eleven times they’ve participated. Their best showing has been ninth place. They missed the grand final last year.

Here’s the official music video…check out the guy’s intensity…

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