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Cyprus: Eleni Foureira – Fuego

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…
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Juries will probably shun Cyprus, however they do boast more allies than the other Swedish-import from Finland.

User Rating: 3.12 ( 27 votes)

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? 

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10 comments

  1. Fandom is already lusting over this! Board line qualifier it will the biggest fanwank of the year! Her live vocals will be interesting to see!

  2. Catriona colville

    Fandom losing their shit over this. We get at least one of these songs every year. Can’t see it making an impact anywhere but the dance floors. No real progression of song, autotuned vocals and no particular chorus to speak of.

  3. It’s… Really not as good as the fandom makes it out to be. 😀

    Heavily autotuned studio version as well.

  4. Its enjoyable but that’s it. You can tell it was written for Helena Paparizou, Eleni usually records more energetic and more… fiery tracks than this.

  5. It’s probably weaker than expected as it lacks any distinction. I wasn’t expecting something so generic from her and I don’t think it has a strong hook, certainly not compared to any of her other songs. As already noted, the auto tune has been turned to 11 as well. I wouldn’t rule the juries out of scoring this ok, I’m sure she’ll have moe clothes on for eurovision and looking back at Cyprus’ last similar attempt, La La Love – also by Alex P- actually scored better with juries
    Since Cyprus are doing the same thing as what Greece did last year (Big domestic name, notable composer, generic uptempo number) I’ll predict a similar result – qualify and finish 20th-15th.

  6. Very generous to call Finland (if Monsters is selected like you said) and Cyprus a beast… I must admit I actually prefer this to any of Finland’s song’s. On radio I can see why Finland would win out here but on stage I think this is more appealing as there is much less chance of this being screwed up (provided she can sing of course, or at least pull it off). I think juries will be more generous to this song (based solely on the song) as its at least somewhat modern whereas Finland’s are dated af. Like you say I think only one will survive the heat in semi 1 and at this moment in time (despite how much I hate it) I think Finland will win out.

  7. I actually think this is a well constructed pop/dance song. Gav, you call it generic but to me it doesn’t sound like the Scandi-pop to which this term normally applies – e.g Malta. (Then again, as you say, maybe it is just better at hiding its influences).

    For me the the main problem is that either the production or the video presentation is not turning up the energy/emotional uplift to the max. I can’t quite put my finger on it but something is currently missing. The comparisons to Monsters are apt. In video form at least Monsters has the feel of a potential winner (albeit that there may be many a slip between video and live!) while Fuego doesn’t.

    The staging may lift Fuego. (After Ukraine, we can probably expect more on-stage arson).

    The second half of semi one is beginning to look quite competitive, so qualification is not entirely assured, although for now my provisional guess is that (if vocals and staging are okay) it will get through and end up right hand side.

  8. So the fandom was right and the experts failed to see it’s potential

    • Which bit are you saying I’m wrong on?

      *Has allies/diaspora for support
      *Modern song
      *Has potential for memorable choreography-led staging

      And when comparing to Saara Aalto, I said ” One could turn up in Lisbon and surprise while the other massively disappoints.”

      Don’t forget, these reviews are written in sequence before all songs are selected and prior to the running order. Not everything can be 100% correct, in fact it’s rarely 70% correct. These reviews just give an overview at a very early stage. But as I highlighted in the bullet points, Cyprus did have the potential to wow with choreography, which they did. But I’m sure the thoughts you posted here were spot on… oh wait, you’ve popped up after the event. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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