Look, we all know Georgia’s been doing its own thing at Eurovision and letting artists follow their passions onstage, no matter how unlikely and idiosyncratic they may seem. From rap-metal to folk-jazz to the word “oximated”, Georgian representatives care first and foremost about what feels right and authentic to them, and that’s why we love them so much. Now, it seems the country has gone one step further in solidifying its status as Europe’s weird cool artsy kid.
In a video message shared on the official Eurovision website, the group Circus Mircus announced its selection as the Georgian entrant for the contest in Turin this May. The short video, addressed to “dear earthlings” – I assume this is a message from a distant planet – features a bearded lute-playing character, who may or may not be a member of the group.
The person describes Circus Mircus as “a movement that brings together dozens of professionals from different fields to create an unprecedented audio-visual experience”. A very clear explanation, just like the description of the group’s belief in “the complete neglect of musical frameworks”. We can already know exactly what to expect.
While there isn’t a lot of information about Circus Mircus out there, the group’s biography on its YouTube and Facebook pages mentions it was formed in Tbilisi in late 2020 by three friends who dropped out of circus academy. Though only releasing a handful of songs since their formation, the trio has already showcased a wide range of stylistic choices, from the light lounge pop of “Musicien” to the hard rock of “Rocha” to a video whose description claims that “the weatherman can be your strongest ally to save you from a broken heart”. Can’t argue with that.
Whichever of their influences they choose to follow on the Eurovision stage, Circus Mircus are sure to continue Georgia’s streak of unique and memorable entries. And what will the audio-visual experience look like? Your guesses are as good as ours. Speaking of which, let us know your guesses in the comments below!