Circus Mircus

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Circus Mircus
Circus Mircus at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022.
Circus Mircus at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022.
Background information
OriginTbilisi, Georgia
Years active2020–present
LabelsStockton Records
  • Shota Darakhvelidze (Ludwig Ramírez)
  • Nika Kocharov (Igor Von Lichtenstein)
  • Sandro Sulakvelidze (Bavonc Gevorkyan)
  • Archil Sulakvelidze (Iago Waitman)

Circus Mircus (Georgian: ცირკუს მირკუსი) are a Georgian progressive rock band. The band mostly plays experimental music, mixing numerous genres, each representing a life experience and the "inner world" of each member.[1] They represented Georgia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 with the song "Lock Me In", placing 18th in the second semi-final, failing to qualify for the final.[2]

Circus Mircus consists of four members, who use pseudonyms.[3] Shota Darakhvelidze plays Ludwig Ramírez (bassist), Nika Kocharov plays Igor Von Lichtenstein (vocalist, guitarist), Sandro Sulakvelidze plays Bavonc Gevorkyan (drummer), and Archil Sulakvelidze plays Iago Waitman (vocalist and keyboardist).[4][5]


The band was supposedly formed at the end of 2020 in Tbilisi, when three local circus academy dropouts became friends and left the academy to start their own band. According to a member of the band, the three "weren't good enough, [we were] probably the worst in the crew, [and] that's why we became friends."[2]

Allegedly, the fourth member was added when they “picked [him] up from the street and promoted [him] to bass player."[6] While the names of the group's members have since been revealed, playing with identity is significant to Circus Mircus' group persona. They state, “identities are so old fashioned and we don't care about faces, as you can always be whatever you want to be, as long as you work hard."[6]

On 14 November 2021, it was announced that the group had been internally chosen by Georgian Public Broadcasting to represent the country in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022.[2] Their competing song "Lock Me In" was released on 9 March 2022.[7] They performed 5th in the second semi final, and came 18th (last) with 22 points; 13 from the professional juries and 9 from the televote, failing to qualify for the grand final.

Their songs "Weather Support," "23:34," and "Rocha" were nominated for an Electronauts Award in the category of "Best Music Video".[8]


Extended plays

Title Details
Circus Mircus
  • Released: December 5, 2020
  • Label: Independent
  • Format: digital download, streaming


Title Year
"The Ode to the Bishkek Stone" 2020
"Semi-Pro" 2021
"Better Late"
"Weather Support"
"Lock Me In" 2022
"Love Letters"
"Soul Pop"
(featuring Blolbrst & Tato Rusia)
"Lizard in a Fish Tank"
(featuring Qaji Todia)
"Pin-Drop Mind" 2023


  1. ^ Mamsikashvili, Rezo (14 November 2021). "Georgia: Circus Mircus will represent Georgia at Eurovision 2022". Wiwibloggs. Retrieved 14 November 2021.
  2. ^ a b c "Georgia's Circus Mircus take their show to Turin 🇬🇪". European Broadcasting Union (EBU). 14 November 2021. Retrieved 14 November 2021.
  3. ^ ten Veen, Renske (15 November 2021). "LIST: 8 clues the Young Georgian Lolitaz could be behind Circus Mircus". Wiwibloggs. Retrieved 9 April 2022.
  4. ^ "Turin 2022 / Participants – Circus Mircus". Retrieved 9 April 2022.
  5. ^ #ამშაბათკვირას 4 ნოემბერს სირკუს მირკუსის კონცერტი გაიმართება (in Georgian), retrieved 8 November 2022
  6. ^ a b Wilson, Katie L. (14 May 2022). "Eurovision's wackiest acts in the final - and those who didn't make it through". Mirror. Reach PLC. Retrieved 12 December 2022.
  7. ^ "Georgia: Circus Mircus release their Eurovision 2022 song: "Lock Me In"". Eurovisionworld. 9 March 2022. Retrieved 10 March 2022.
  8. ^ Gogokhia, Koka (6 December 2021). "Circus Mircus - Electronauts XII Awards". Stockton Records. Retrieved 6 December 2022.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by Georgia in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by