One has to start somewhere in these countdowns, and that means for one country it’s picking up the wooden spoon of all the songs for Eurovision 2019. Coming last doesn’t mean I think the song has no merit, nor that I loathe it, but I have to like something the least. This year, it’s Georgia who take my last place.
Much of what I wrote about Georgia last year could be said about this year as well: they mix it up a lot, with many music genres and types of artist representing them, and that’s the case again this year. For the last couple of years, they’ve sent Georgian language songs and are doing so again. They selected in a new way this year, with the winner of Georgian Idol getting the opportunity to be their Eurovision representative this year.
Oto undoubtedly has a powerful voice and puts a lot of passion into it but I will confess it still comes across as very shouty (even in the revamped version which was released while I was preparing this written preview and had shot my video preview). Based on the live performance, and notwithstanding the (subtle) revamp, “Sul tsin iare” (English: Keep On Going) this still would be my wooden spoon song.
Official music video (also live performance):
My preview video:
Georgia at the Eurovision Song Contest
First entered: 2007
Appearances (excluding this year): 12
Best result: 9th in 2010 and 2011
Last year’s result: 18th and last place in semi-final (did not qualify)