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Hey there guys! Well it’s official now – Nina Sublatti has been officially selected to represent Georgia in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest with her self-composed song ‘Warrior’! She was seen as a favourite from the get-go, but how do you think she’ll fare against the five other selected songs for Vienna? Have a listen to the winning song below!
So, how was Nina declared the winner? Well, as you all know, all five competing songs were presented on December 31st on the TV show Communicator for the Georgian public to listen to. The public then had two full weeks to decide who they wanted to see represent their country on the Eurovision stage in Austria in May. At the same time, a jury comprising of well known musicians and producers also had the same task. The jury included Eurovision veterans Emmelie de Forest and Thomas G:son, both of which have tasted the sweet taste of success in the Contest in one way, shape or form. After both the public and the jury voted, it was revealed that Nina was the winner with 21 points, with Mikha Sulukhia finishing in second place two points behind her.
As said up at the top of the article, Nina was regarded as a favourite from the get-go, and most likely that’s due to how she came to prominence. Nina, being only 18 years old at the time, won the Georgian version of Pop Idol. She released her debut album in 2014, aptly titled ‘Dare to be Nina Sublatti‘. So, what was next – Eurovision, of course. When Nina exclusively spoke to ESC Views, she shared with us how her experience in the Georgian Idol has helped her to become a better performer, and how she’ll be ready to use those skills at Eurovision. She’s also said that she’s working on her second album too, so Georgian fans – be prepared!! Also, if you recognised, in the 2014 series of Possible Artists, we did cover Georgia and we also did recommend Nina Sublatti to represent Georgia in Eurovision…..who would have thought we’d ever get it right?!
What about the song? Well ‘Warrior’ is no doubt an up-tempo song with an incredibly catchy beat that carries its way through the song. Not only that, but we see almost a bridge to quite electronic traditional music in the small instrumental roughly two thirds into the song. Nina’s vocals compliment the song amazingly and you can easily catch the message she’s trying to convey; how she – and other women – are quite strong and ‘warrior-like’. The song is indeed a great one, but how will it fare against what’s already been selected? Well, I have a feeling it will carry a lot of fans’ support and it will do well because of the quite alternative vibe it gives off…However, if Georgia is put in a semi-final with strong songs, Nina may have a bit of a harder time trying to make it to the final. But that’s a good thing – it means we have a great quality of songs!
So, I’m all drained now….what are your own thoughts on the decision?
Stephanie Saczawa from Canada: I heard Nina’s song, I don’t like it and she doesn’t impress me at all. Sorry, but best of luck to her nonetheless!
Seth Wezendonk from the Netherlands: My favorite ESC 2015 entry so far!
Claus Michael Fasting from Norway: My winner! But let’s not hope that Malta’s ‘Warrior’ and Georgia’s Warrior will perform 1st and 2nd respectively…
Stavros Petrou from Greece: It’s quite boring and repetitive…
Well, it seems as if we have mixed reactions from the fans…Could this mean that Nina might not be so safe in qualification? Only time will tell….So, what do you think? Was Nina the best artist in the line-up, or did you want Eter, Mikha, Edvard or Niutone to take the title? And what do you think of the naming crisis that’s ensuing now? Are you on Amber’s side or Nina’s side? Be sure to let us know what you think by commenting below!!
Hi guys! Don’t we have a treat for you!! We have managed to get an interview with the woman of the moment – Nina Sublatti from Georgia. With the National Final coming up in only ten days, Nina took the time out from her very busy schedule to speak EXCLUSIVELY to ESC Views about her Eurovision experience and her song ‘Warrior’, which you can listen to below.
So, just before you start to read, we’ll let you know how this is going to work. We have each asked Nina at least one question, and you’ll know who by the L for Lewis, Re for Reece or Ro for Rory, and Nina’s own answers will be shown by the N. Are we good to go? Let’s do this!
Ro: What interested you in taking part in the Georgian National Final?
N: Taking part in the Eurovision is very important thing for Georgia. I’ll try to explain why: Georgia is very small country, there are many talented people here who’s trying hard to go out and work in Europe. So I think that project is great chance for Georgian artists to show their work to the world. To be honest I was not interested to take part in the nation final, I was working on my second album but my fans asked me to write some song for Eurovision. They were asking me to do that about 6 months, so I did that.. After several years of watching the Eurovision, I have developed an opinion about how to present Georgia so I hope that people will give me a chance to do that.
L: Can you explain the message of your song? Do they relate to a personal experience?
N: I wrote the song about me and generally about Georgian women. If we look at the history of Georgia, we see that women have always been important figures. They simply sought to be good women, good mothers, good teachers. The Georgian woman has to be able to control her temper and raise her child as a warrior. So, she became a warrior. In Georgian I chose the title “Mother Man”. Unfortunately, this word does not exist in other languages, and because of this I called it “Warrior”.
Re: Have you at all thought of how you would present ‘Warrior’ onstage? You do have a very individual style!
N: Thank you for the compliment! I abstained from a full performance at the qualifying contest, because it takes more time. If I will be able to get to the stage of the Eurovision Song Contest then certainly I will be clear about the story and adventures, which every woman goes through in this country. History is most important for Georgian people. As a Georgian woman, I will try to explain performance clearly.
Ro: Who are your musical idols? Who do you look up to?
N: I really love Bjork. She is great musician and singer I think. I don’t look up to anyone. I’m unknown singer for many countries in Europe but best-selling artist in Georgia. My inspiration is nature nothing else.
Re: Do you think your experience from taking part in “Georgian Idol” will help you, if you do go to Eurovision?
N: Not just taking part but winning. there are a lot of things besides Idol like I’m working on my second album, my debut one was best-selling last year, I was in tour whole summer… Hope it will do its job!
L: Have you watched Eurovision for a while? If so, which Georgian entry is your favourite?
N: My favorite entry from Georgia was Eldrine. Georgia does not have a budget, which allows for an unprecedented show, so everything depends on the performer. In this regard, I think the band was very effective — with the text and with the song.
Re: What’s your earliest memory of Eurovision?
N: I started watching Eurovision from the first Georgian singers performance.
L: Have you listened to any of the songs that have been selected for Eurovision yet? If so, do you have a favourite?
N: Unfortunately haven’t heard it yet.
Ro: What are your expectations for Eurovision, if you go? If not, what are your plans after the National Final?
N: Right now my Georgian fans are waiting for my second album. So I’m in process of writing that album. My tour is already planned. I don’t have any expectations. As i said there’s something wrong with budget here. I just want my songs to be heard in Europe.
L: If you could duet with any famous Eurovision artist, who would it be?
N: Ahm.. Interesting.. Let’s see.. Maybe Conchita.
Re: What would it mean to you if Georgia was to win the Contest?
N: That would be such unbelievable thing for Georgia. But I really think we deserve it. Because we work hard, try hard, even want hard… Anyway. I hope it will happen in history.
Ro: Do you have any message for the readers of ESC Views?
N: I really what to say Thank you guys! Thank you for the warm comments and reviews. I am not a kinda girl who wants be more famous than she is. I just love music. I write music. I sing that music. I send love to the listeners with my songs. So if what goes around comes back around I’m just like “thank you”! – that’s such a pleasant feeling to hear something beautiful about your creature.
Well we’d like to say “Madloba” to Nina for the really nice answers she provided for us and we wish her the best of luck in the Georgian National Selection! So what do you think of Nina’s song? Are you a fan of ‘Warrior’? And who would you like to see represent Georgia next year – Nina, Eter, Edvard, Misha or Niutone? Be sure to let us know what you think by commenting below!