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Cyprus: Minus One – Alter Ego

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…
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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.

User Rating: 3.91 ( 30 votes)

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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27 comments

  1. Don’t you just love when an act with no hype at all comes out of nowhere and blows you away? That’s the magic of Eurovision for you.

  2. I was very pessimistic for Cyprus when Minus one where announced and had more or less wiped Cyprus from my memory. I have to admit I’m pleasantly surprised with how good the entry is, Its not my cup of tea but from an objective point of view I can see its quality.

    With a second half draw and Greece voting I would be confident enough of this qualifying in previous years but semi final 1 is building up to become a massive blood bath of a semi. I would certainly rate there chances higher than Iceland ( there only real competitor at this moment in that semi).

  3. Totally forgot this was being released today. Note to self: Never underestimate G:son, because this is excellent!
    Mind you, they still have many things working against Cyprus. But it’s so refreshing to get a descent entry out of nowhere after a pile of mehs.

  4. I’m pleasantly surprised. This would be a certain qualifier in a fair world. Of course Cyprus only really have Greece as a guaranteed source of points and Montenegró are going for something similar. Still, this is very good and should make the final.

  5. Under the new voting system,it seems an act that can score strongly in either the Jury or the Televote should be in line for finishing left hand side of the scoreboard. And to me, this looks like something people could latch onto. Although, the one thing to be conscientious of is the competition from other bands like Argo, the Georgian lolitaz guys, Highway and more. Could get crowded if Germany chooses Avantasia too.

  6. Agree with what everyone has said. I think this is a contender.

  7. I’m not getting excited. It’s a pleasant surprise of course, it bleeds G:Son. It’s a fun and enjoyable listen, but essentially for me it’s a Swedified polished up version of Yuksek Sadakat. A dance song with electric guitars and leather. It will sail into the final and should land a decent result, but unless the quality of this year’s contest doesn’t pick up heading into March, (which is unlikely,) then I don’t see this troubling the top 5.

  8. Love this from Eurovision Apocalypse:

    “Cyprus have turned to the rock for this year’s Eurovision entry. Or at least according to the rank and file fansters. But one close listen will tell you a whole different story. There may be guitars and serious gurns to the camera from a pug ugly drummer, that much is true. But that’s just about where it ends. […] So what they’ve ended up delivering is a song that wouldn’t be out of place in the lower reaches of a MelFest semi-final, but smoothed some slightly fuzzy guitars over it, and set the drum machine to ‘Phil Collins’, and have tried to palm it off as meaningful rock. Not on my watch, sunbeam.”

  9. Im with Ben on this.I dont think its anywhere near maNga standard and thats without the diaspora.One of the worst guitar solo’s iv ever heard and even the wolf sounds more like a Chihuahua.It has some staging potential as long as the viewers dont spot how fake it all is though so id want to see that before taking it on,but at this stage its a big no.

  10. Am I the only one here who thinks this is awful, or am I listening to a completely different song? There’s barely any rock in it and it sounds UGLY

  11. I actually think it’s more authentic rock than the soppyness of maNga “We Could Be the Same” but is less polished or tuneful as a song.

  12. This is pop rock to me I’m no fan of the rock genre but this is good very good. The fact that it is pop rock and not your normal rock opens it up to a wider audience also. To call it a dance song with electric guitars and leather is just daft in my opinion, sorry Ben. Will this win? I don’t think so but it’s not one I would want red either at this point. As Black and blue points out there is the potential that Greece and Montenegro could come up with something just as good from a band point of view and the chance that Kállay Saunders Band wins in Hungary. Plus others left to choose just in this semi alone.

  13. Litesound. There’s your comparison. It’s better than said Belorussian entry but it’s the most accurate comparable.

  14. It is schlager disguised as a rock tune.
    No idea how it will finish but I give the finger to this one.

  15. I think this is one of the nicest songs that has been chosen until now, and I hope it qualifies for the final.

    I’m only a bit worried about how it will look like on stage. In the past this sort of rock songs did not always make a good impression on screen.

  16. Question: If Greece doesn’t qualify (which could finally happen this year), will their diaspora turn to Cyprus? if so, this can go top 10.

    • That’s something I’ve been considering myself and there is a good chance of it happening. The diaspora may turn to Cyprus regardless of whether Greece qualify anyway. The Greek entry is not known at all and will be singing in a dialect of Greek. Unless Argo really pull something good out of the bag, which based on the little previous ‘songs’ seems unlikely, I think Cyprus can definitely benefit from the demise of Greece, maybe not to the same extent.

      Can minus one get top 10? Maybe just about, I don’t think it will be too high with juries and it depends on how good or bad Montenegró (similar genre)and Greece are.

    • Greece will qualify so it’s irrelevent.

  17. Not sure about Top 10. More like 13th on a good night.

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