Last year, I correctly predicted the victory of Sweden, this year I'm going for Georgia. Why Georgia?
1. This year's Eurovision contribution from Georgia has nothing to do with Georgia. This logic follows European strategies and should accordingly be rewarded by the voting, as 2011 with Azerbaijan.
Just like the song from Azerbaijan 2011, Georgia’s song is from Sweden, from Erik Bernholm and Thomas G:son (Thomas Gustafsson). G:son is the composer of the winning song from the previous year (Euphoria). G:son can be seen as an intensified mix of Ralph Siegel and Stefan Raab. He defenses his Eurovision titel under Georgian flag.
2. G:son composes according to the principles of a lottery player. He has already tried 64 times with similar songs to participate in ESC, specifically for Sweden, Spain, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Poland, Romania, Belgium and Malta. From these experiments he has won 8 times the pre-selection and 1 time the ESC. But of course even more is possible.
This year G:son started 8 attempts, namely 5 for Sweden, 1 in Denmark, 1 in Malta and 1 in Georgia. He was able to achieve in Georgia his masterpiece, because he had no rivals and was nominated. Unfortunately it is not known how many songs he has really submitted to the Georgian. Now G:son this year is actually represented with only one song, so that he has to put everything on one card. Tension!
3. From his Swedish point of view it appears comprehensible that he involves Swedish background singers for a Swedish show. To keep up a reference to Eurovision and Georgia, there were engaged two professional singers from Georgia who now will act as a dream couple: Nodi Tatishvili and Sophie Gelovani.
4. Nobody will be surprised that Georgia's song "Waterfall" resembles the song of Russia "What If" in many ways, finally, both songs are Swedish productions. In both cases it is a catchy power ballad with touching strings and delayed rhythm for anticipated standing ovation. One can practice at [02:10]. Too bad that they have this year removed the seats for fans.
5. G:son's Swedish colleagues have again changed the voting procedures, so that the voting of audience loses influence. But as public controls are not allowed, it is useless to start discussions about this. These adjustments are only to justify the victory.
6. Sweden against Sweden in Sweden ... with similar Swedish songs. This provides plenty of variety and drama. To add a further element of dramatization show producer Christer Björkmann abolished the draw for the starting order to adapt it according to his Swedish taste. Now G: son's strongest rivals from Macedonia, San Marino, Azerbaijan, the Netherlands, Ukraine and Russia start early in the shows and one after another with the result that the TV audience will easily forget them. Not to mention the fatiguing effect of the floods of ballads to the fans standing in the hall...
Only G:sons ballad for Georgia got a very advantageous position in the starting field: In the 2nd Semifinals start number 15, after an Albanian piece of rock and before Swiss Salvation Army.
Non-Eurovision fans might wonder why the ESC-fans do not protest against such an obvious abuse of the competition.
1. G:son is not an isolated case. Swedish composers, writers and producers specialized entirely on the ESC.
2. With shows as the Swedish Melodifestivalen and with marathons of pre-selections the Swedes celebrate their Melodi Grand Prix throughout the year. They established long-term relationships with a homogeneous, highly organized international fanbase. At least these groups have no longer to do with original fan culture. They function more like guided consumer associations. See video of the Russian Song "What If".
3. From this we may conclude: hardcore fans are indoctrinated Sweden fans.
German broadcaster NDR has already promised to "his fans" in chummy service jargon that this Swedish concept will be introduced in Germany. Not hard to guess who will be Germany's G:son and Björkmann in one person.
Back to Georgia:
In this way we learn just as little about Georgian music as we learned about Azerbaijani music. Georgia’s culture becomes a white spot on the map. That this isn’t true proves a concert by The Shins.
What a differance to their ESC song! Only a fraction of this Georgian music at ESC and I would be happy. But at least I can look forward to next year, because then I will go back to the Caucasus, because G:orgia will win.