Eurovision 2022 Georgia profile: 'Lock Me In' by Circus Mircus
Georgia in Eurovision
Georgia made their debut in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2007. Over the last 14 years they have reached the final seven times. They reached the top 10 with two entries, both finishing in 9th place. The first time was in 2010 in Oslo, Norway, with Sopho Nizharadze’s ‘Shine’ and the second time was in 2011 when Eldrine performed ‘One More Day’ in Düsseldorf, Germany. Last year in 2021, Georgia missed out on reaching the Grand Final at Rotterdam.
2022 entry: Circus Mircus - 'Lock Me In'
Circus Mircus will be competing in the first half of the second semi-final at Eurovision 2022 on May 12.
My Eurovision Scoreboard ranking: 40th
Odds to win ranking: 24th
(Rankings as of 7 April 2022)
About the artist
Circus Mircus are a musical act from Tbilisi formed in 2020 by three "dropouts from a local circus academy". Their musical style has been described as "sonically unique", and in their letter to the EBU announcing they would be representing Georgia, they had this to say about themselves:
"It is a movement that brings together dozens of professionals from different fields to create an unprecedented audio-visual experience...The cornerstone of their philosophy lies in the complete neglect of musical frameworks."
Originally three members, Circus Mircus now consists of four members: Damocles Stavriadis, Igor Von Lichtenstein, Bavonc Gevorkyan and Iago Waitman.
Since their formation, the group has been busy and have released ten music videos over the last year.
About the song
In early March the group revealed their entry 'Lock Me In' on YouTube with a still image all black background with the text "This artist condemns russia's invasion of Ukraine".
The group explained more about the reasoning behind not releasing the music video in the YouTube description.
"Due to the war in Ukraine, we feel that it is not the right time to release our happy and colorful music video.
As per ESC guidelines, the submission deadline is near, so we decided to release only audio, while using the black background instead of the official music video footage, to express our share of solidarity towards our Ukrainian sisters and brothers.
We hope to post our music video in the near future, when these terrible events are over and our societies start getting back to normal.
And of course, Слава Україні! Героям слава!"
The group ended up releasing the music video on April 1 on the official Eurovision YouTube channel. The music video features masked and costumed circus performers, mostly shown within a circus tent setting. The video ends showing a TV screen with the hashtag #showmewhatyougot.
Mystery still surrounds the meaning behind the lyrics of 'Lock Me In'. What we do know is the song has some pretty interesting lyrics!
How was Circus Mircus chosen for Eurovision?
Circus Mircus were chosen internally by the Georgian broadcaster and announced as the act to represent Georgia at Eurovision 2022 back in November last year. A rather quirky video was posted at the time announcing the band and their decision to represent Georgia in Turin.
Even though a lot of mystery surrounds the group and their entry, we can possibly expect a very colourful and interesting performance from Circus Mircus next month!
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