“Georgia did a terrific job at Eurovision” – Nina Sublatti
28 May, 2015
“Georgia did a terrific job at Eurovision” – Nina Sublatti
Nina Sublatti, Georgia’s representative at the Eurovision Song Contest 2015, was ranked 11th with her song “Warrior.” Upon returning to Georgia from Austria, Nina published a lengthy post on her Facebook, sharing her outlook on things. Here we present an excerpt from her post:

“We had a very impressive performance visually. Unfortunately, it did not work out content-wise…”

“Congratulations to Georgia on its 11th place despite the difficult circumstances! Scoring 11th out of 40 countries, almost all of them more developed
than yours, without spending even thousands, let alone millions on it, is an incredible feat. However, the moment I won the internal contest to represent my country at Eurovision 2015, I said that hoping for victory would be naïve at this stage, but despite this, Georgia would have a worthy representation. After four exhausting months of preparation, sleepless nights and nerve-rasping work, I think that I and our creative team can say with confidence that the prediction came true: Georgia did a terrific job at Eurovision.”
A member of the team directly responsible for Nina’s excellent performance at Eurovision also shared his impressions and experiences with us:

Lasha Oniani, set director and designer:

– I have to work on this or that aspect of Georgia’s Eurovision performance almost every year. Georgia has scored 9th, 12th, 15th, and this time we are 11th. Keep in mind that this is a contest with 40 participants we are talking about. I think that we proved to be a decent contestant this year.

– What opinion do you hold of the contest in general?

– What can I say? Participating in Eurovision means being part of the European family and proof of membership in it! We are getting better and better every year. Every dog has its day – just you wait.

Tinatin Japaridze, composer and the creator of the UN anthem:

– In a sense, I took part in the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow. My song, performed by an Icelandic singer, was ranked second. Despite the contest itself being very politicized, we should not forget that this is first and foremost a song contest and not a UN Security Council session. I think that playing pretend wars on stage is no longer necessary. I also consider statements such as “Europe has gone deaf because it failed to praise our song” ridiculous. We had a very impressive performance visually. Unfortunately, it did not work out content-wise. Songs about war and battles are not very suitable for a pop music stage. I hope that we will switch our focus to our inherent talent, musicality and art (even popularized versions of it, as befits a pop music contest) rather than political statements. Let us leave that to the politicians and diplomats to squabble over. Play to your strengths and there will be no one happier than me on the day when Georgia becomes the country to host the Eurovision contest!
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