jESC 2012: 10 Georgia – The Funkids – Funky lemonade
It’s the continuation of my opinion regarding the 12 competing entries from the 12 participating countries of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2012, which will be held in Amsterdam
The next country has been participating in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest since 2007 and has won jESC twice (in 2008 with Bzikebi and the novelty entry “Bzzz…” and the previous edition of 2011 with Candy and the retro flavoured disco track “Candy music”): Georgia
For this edition, Georgia goes for a strange mix of retro funk, soul and R’n’B entry called “Funky lemonade”, sung by The Funkids (its members being Ketevan Samkharadze, Nino Dashniani, Luka Karmazanashvili and Elene Arachashvili), who were also the author and composer of the entry together with Nana Tsintsadze in the lyrics and Giga Kukhianidze in the music. More about the band can be found on this page: http://www.junioreurovision.tv/page/participant-profile?song=28093
Now to the opinion of the song: like Ukraine, it’s also quite a weird entry. But weird in a sense of genre mixture that varies so much from the retro sounds of funk, soul and R’n’B that were popular in the 70’s with modern arrangements and a flair hip-hop feeling at some point. It’s a good song (good lyrics, based on the worshipness of a lemonade, “so good in every weather”, as they sing at one point), but a bit of a letdown after the greatness of “Candy music” that won jESC 2011. And I don’t get the kiddy sound approach in the chorus: it could have been a better without that approach. I haven’t seen them perform yet, but if Georgia can get a visual performance as fierce as in the videoclip and if they can sing amazingly, then this could do well. It all comes down to the song: will be it liked by a majority of the voters (both jury and televoting)?
Next stop will be Moldova, a country who has been participating in jESC since 2010, but hasn’t won yet. Watch out for it…