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This is the sort of song that will do well in the arena, and with a great stage show, top-10 should be within reach.
Having failed to represent Cyprus last year, Minus One were internally selected for Stockholm and will travel to Eurovision with the Thomas G:son written song, Alter Ego.
I was skeptical of Minus One’s prospects, but Alter Ego is perhaps the best Eurovision entry from Cyprus since the semi-finals were introduced. Yes it’s rooted in Melodifestivalen pastiche and isn’t genuine rock, but is it really pretending to be anything else? I don’t think so.
What we have is a well produced, commercial, pop-rock package that wouldn’t look out of place at a Killers concert, and last time I checked, they were doing rather well. The verses could even be influenced by Somebody Told Me, albeit slower and lacking the same level of impact. Once the chorus kicks in, it’s impossible not to engage with this song – it’s a real foot-tapper that will stand out in both semi-final 1 and the final.
People have already mentioned 2011 Turkish group, Yuksek Sadakat, as a potential comparable, however Live It Up had a rockier, less commercial sound, in addition to an untelegenic singer and a bland stage concept, which deservedly failed to qualify. Manga are a slightly better match in terms of power, but even they were rockier. Softengine had a modern edge, but were less rooted in pop and didn’t perform strongly on the televote.
Admittedly, I can’t remember a pop-led rock song entering Eurovision, or at least one as enjoyable as Alter Ego. This is the sort of song that will do well in the arena, and with a great stage show, top-10 should be within reach. There’s plenty here for both the juries and voting public to enjoy!
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