Likely Televote Appeal
Likely Jury Appeal
Juries will probably shun Cyprus, however they do boast more allies than the other Swedish-import from Finland.
Cyprus has just presented Eleni Foureira’s song for Lisbon.
The 30-year old will perform Fuego in the second half of semi-final 1.
Well, what did we expect?
Fuego is as generic as this year’s songs are likely to get. Swedish-writer, Alex P, has drenched the song in Scandie/Avicci influences, carefully disguised with regional instrumentation flourishes. I tend to think this would qualify from a Melodifestivalen heat, but it’s also the type of Danish MGP fanwank that struggles to be performed live and thus fails miserably.
Juries will probably shun Cyprus, however they do boast more allies than the other Swedish-import from Finland. Finland is the superior beast here provided Monsters is selected. But it will be interesting to compare staging, as Saara will probably go bat-shit-crazy and Eleni will presumably dress rather suggestively; both are capable of spectacularly damaging their chances, and at this early stage, maybe only one of them makes the final. One could turn up in Lisbon and surprise while the other massively disappoints. Saara Aalto does at least have vocals and a better song on her side.
Hopefully we get to hear Eleni perform a proper live rendition of Fuego at one of the pre-concerts, as that’s the main question mark at present.
- Has allies/diaspora for support
- Modern song
- Has potential for memorable choreography-led staging
- Eleni not very votable
- Overly sexualised staging/outfits will detract votes
- Not the sort of song juries will support
Are Cyprus’ qualification hopes still burning, or have they been extinguished?