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Cyprus: Hovig – Gravity

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 It is appealing, but it's about 10-years out of date in Eurovision terms, or it's something that ends up…
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He's Only Human

Cyprus are among friends and could even expect some nepotism points from G:son's Sweden.

User Rating: 2.46 ( 17 votes)

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 It is appealing, but it’s about 10-years out of date in Eurovision terms, or it’s something that ends up in andra chansen at Melodifestivalen.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?

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14 comments

  1. Each to there own but 3 and a half stars is far to high for this entry imo, it stands out only because of its genre but that doesn’t make it a good or current song. G;sson alway’s seems to qualify so I wouldn’t be surprised to see this sneak through considering its got Sweden and Greece to vote for them but it will do little to nothing in the final

    • G:son was responsible for one NQ: Norway’s awful 2007 entry, although tbf that was an awful outdated schlager (even for the time) that won a very piss poor MGP that year.

      Come to think of it, Norway don’t seem to fare too well when the year ends in 7…

  2. Like this one. It made an initial impact has a strong chorus and it stood up well to three listens. Gravity seems more credible than last year’s Cypriot faux rock entry and it didn’t sound 10 years out of date to me. (Admittedly, it does sound like Human and not (quite) so good)

    I checked out some videos of Hovig’s vocal and stage presence. Both are, at least, competent. Being uptempo in the first half of semi-one is currently the best thing to be.

    Subject to staging I see this as a safe qualifier. The song has top 10 potential – although maybe Cyprus doesn’t have the natural televote support for it to get there. So, my provisional view is 11-16.

    • Cyprus are in the 2nd half

      • Oops. In my hasty enthusiasm to praise this song I misread Gav’s comments. (My mistake not his). If I had taken a bit more time not only would I have got it right, I might have revised my opinion of Gravity down slightly. As MMM points out the lyrics are rather trite and formulaic.

        Still if Hovig can sing in tune I think it’s got enough to get out of the Semi and finish somewhere on the right hand side of the board.

  3. At the start of the season and after the allocation draw in particular, I had Cyprus as a qualifier and around 20th in the final and that’s exactly what this is. The song is good if a little underwhelming and repetitive but my problem is with Hovig. I don’t think he has a great voice or much charisma. Cyprus are lucky in that they have Greece, Sweden and Armenia in this semi and they should get through comfortably enough and then get a low table finish.

  4. So standard. Give any stranger the task to come up with a melody, and it will have this boring flow… Lyrics rather standard too.

    Too many stars I think.

  5. It’s fine. As everyone else has said here – it’s uptempo and done by a male, so it should do well in the semi. Qualifyer for me.

  6. Did you hear the Greek song which is the favourite to win, by the way? I ts really attrocious, I am very dissapointed.

  7. Really curious about the Croatian review cant wait.

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