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Warrior (Eurovision 2015 – Georgia)

The ESC United “Expert” Panel is back once again reviewing all Eurovision songs and rank them accordingly.

You are probably asking yourself on how we pick our panel and the criteria. We looked at people from all walks of life to bring together a unique group of panelists with a wide range in taste. They all bring different skills and tastes to the table so who are they?

Anselm – The Alternative Guy
Arie – The Professional Musician
Daniel – The Noob
Katja – The Schlager Queen
Mike – The Smart One
Olivia – The Journalist

You can read more about them HERE

Disclaimer: While we picked, what we perceived individuals with a wide range in taste, it is subjective to a certain degree so just enjoy their thoughts and if you don’t agree, feel free to post your comments below.

Next up is the Warrior from Georgia a.k.a. Nina Sublatti. Let’s see what the panel thinks about this song.


Anselm – The Alternative Guy
Warrior #1. The battle is on. This is a really interesting entry. While the song sounds rather unmelodic it still manages to be energetic and powerful. There’s something very in-your-face about it which corresponds with the general theme of the song. I’ve also checked out some of Nina Sublatti’s non-Eurovision stuff and she seems to be a great artist! The lyrics of the song are certainly… interesting. No doubt Georgia wins the award for the most creative word (“oximated”) used in entry lyrics this year.
Points: 8/10

Mike – The Smart One
Well, I’m not a fan of this year’s song.  The simple three-tone refrain in a 1/3/8 pattern leaves me pretty cold and it is repeated ad nauseum throughout the song.  The percussion is banal and the rest of the instrumental accompaniment is uninteresting.  If there are any other voices, I don’t remember hearing them.  While the title and subject are interesting the song does very little with either.  Frankly Malta does both much better in its song of the same name.  Nothing more to say.
Points: 4/10

Olivia – The Journalist
Georgia has come out fighting this year. It’s feisty, it’s bold and Nina, the lead singer, is firmly set on a war-path to take this song through qualifications into the final. It has a distinct warrior-like sound with its druid drums, which pace at the same rate as someone fighting with a sword. This will, I’m sure, be a real spectacle on stage. And it’s probably this year’s equivalent to Ukraine’s ‘Tick Tock’ from last year. However one, important thing that is lacking – the melody. It’s repetitive and really not very melodic.  So in all fairly strong, but not particularly a big fan.
Points: 6/10

Katja – The Schlager Queen
One of the female “riot” entries this year, also named “Warrior”. Georgian entry was revamped by Thomas G:son and performance will be done by Sasha Jean Baptiste, one of the choreographers in Melodifestivalen. The song has a certain hook, eventhough it’s a bit monotonous for my taste. I like Nina’s vocals and considering the running order, I think Georgia will qualify again. Eventhough… I prefer the other G:son’s Georgian entry to be honest, “Waterfall”. This one is less up my street musically, but I understand why some people like it.
Points: 6/10

Daniel – The Noob
Okay, I have to stop myself from adding too many entries to my list of favorites but Georgia made it anyway. That’s what I call a stunning song. Listening to this entry, I start feeling like a real warrior. I almost grabbed my imaginary samurai sword and started playing fruit ninja in real life. All jokes aside! There are songs which make you feel sad, happy or simply free. You virtually hear no song which makes you feel strong and brave. As I mentioned Georgia’s song made it and it’s almost unprecedented. That’s a total favorite count of four. Amazing job Georgia!
Points: 10/10

Arie – The Professional Musician
While the strong vocals, a well explored theme of triumph (what words that we can actually make out), and strong electronic orchestrations are aurally appealing, the song starts at a heightened point and just stays there for too long.  It never backs down, but it also never really steps up.  There’s little to it that I dislike, but I also can bet you that tomorrow I won’t give this song another thought.  I look forward to ignoring this song as I shop at H&M.
Points: 5/10


Overall: 39 Points

The first Warrior finishes with 39 points. That’s average in terms of ranking. Nina Sublatti ties with Edurne from Spain but wins the tiebreaker thanks to Daniel’s 10 points. Here’s the current ranking:


“Expert” Panel Ranking
No Country Act Song Points
1. Norway
Mørland & Debrah Scarlett A Monster Like Me 49
 2. Australia
Guy Sebastian
Tonight Again  47 (10)
3. Slovenia
Maaraya Here For You 47 (9)
4. Azerbaijan
Elnur Huseynov Hour Of The Wolf 44 (10)
5. Estonia
Elina Born & Stig Rästa Goodbye To Yesterday 44 (9)
6. Sweden
Måns Zelmerlöw Heroes 43 (9,9)
7. Hungary
Boggie Wars For Nothing 43 (9,8,8,8)
8. Austria
The Makemakes I Am Yours 43 (9,8,8)
9. Germany
Ann Sophie Black Smoke 43 (9,8)
10. Lithuania
Monika Linkytė and Vaidas Baumila This Time 43 (8,8)
11. Italy
Il Volo Grande Amore 41 (10)
12. Israel
Nadav Gudej Golden Boy 41 (8)
13. Albania
Elhaida Dani I’m Alive 40 (10,8)
 14. Denmark
Anti-Social Media The Way You Are  40 (10,7)
15. Serbia
Bojana Stamenov Beauty Never Lies 40 (8,8)
16. Georgia
Nina Sublatti Warrior 39 (10)
17. Spain
Edurne Amanacer 39 (9,9)
18. Belgium
Loïc Nottet
Rhythm Inside 38 (10)
 19. Romania
Voltaj All Over Again  38 (8)
 20. Montenegro
Knez  Adio  37
21. Iceland
Maria Olafs Unbroken 36 (10)
 22. Belarus
Uzari & Maimuna  Time  36 (8)
23. Russia
Polina Gagarina A Million Voices 36 (7)
24. France Lisa Angell  N’oubliez pas  35 (9)
25. Portugal
Leonor Andrade Há um Mar que nos Separa 35 (7,7)
26. The Netherlands Trijntje Oosterhuis  Walk Along  34
27. Ireland
Molly Sterline Playing With Numbers 33 (9)
28. Czech Republic
Marta Jandová &
Václav Noid Bárta
Hope Never Dies  33 (7)
29. Armenia
Genealogy Face The Shadows 32
30. Poland
Monika Kuszyńska In The Name Of Love 29
31. Greece
Maria-Elena Kyriakou One Last Breath 27
32. Moldova
Eduard Romanyuta I Want Your Love 26
33. San Marino
Anita Simoncini &
Michele Perniola
Chain of Lights 23
34. Finland
PKN Aina mun pitää 21

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