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He's Only Human
Cyprus are among friends and could even expect some nepotism points from G:son's Sweden.
They’ve been trailing the release of Gravity for over a week, and today, Cyprus has finally released the full version of Hovig’s song, Gravity.
Evidently, Gravity’s composer, Thomas G:son, has been listening to Rag’n’Bone Man over the winter, as the song’s verses are, let’s say, influenced by his most recent hit, Human. Unfortunately for Cyprus, the favourable comparisons end there, but it’s not all bad.
When I first heard the snippet last week, I was quite taken with what sounded like a catchy chorus. It is appealing, but it’s about 10-years out of date in Eurovision terms, or it’s something that ends up in andra chansen at Melodifestivalen. I guess that’s the risk when you employ one of Melodifestivalen’s most prolific writers. Having said that, the are some bold layers in the arrangement, enough to suggest that Cyprus will bring another cracking stage show to Eurovision.
Given the state of the first half of semi-final 1, Hovig should standout enough to be in contention for qualification from the second half. Cyprus are among friends and could even expect some nepotism points from G:son’s Sweden. This most recent cover video showcases his reliable vocal and ability to connect with a song. And here at Armenia’s Depi Evratesil, Hovig proves that he will be well at home on the Kyiv stage.
There are a more upbeat entries emerging now, so Cyprus will need to hope that Gravity isn’t pulled down the qualification pecking order. And just in case Cyprus are tempted to follow a space theme, spacemen do not have a good qualification history at Eurovision. See Moldova 2016 and Montenegro 2013.
Can Cyprus land another Eurovision Grand Final appearance?