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TONY NEOPHYTOU

“DRIVE TIME”

CYPRUS EUROVISION SONG RELEASED WITH OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO

After weeks of teasing the world with only the title ‘Fuego’, the Cyprus Eurovision entry by Eleni Foureira has finally been released.

We were promised an ethnic up-tempo track and Eleni has certainly lived up to that script, releasing her official Eurovision music video for ‘Fuego’ on March 2nd.

The video is filmed at the Piraeus Municipal Theatre and Armeniakos Home, by well-known Greek director Apollon Papatheocharis.

Eleni will be Eurovision “eye-candy” and impresses with her absolutely stunning looks in the many outfit changes we see in the video. The song’s theme undoubtedly demonstrates Eleni’s sense of empowerment, one in which she’s taking full charge of her fate and destiny.

As the video climaxes to its final scenes, Eleni flicks a lighter which sets a car ablaze; providing the video with a somewhat ‘iconic’ moment. Maybe a little ‘trigger-finger’ compliant, we think it may be wise to avoid giving a lighter to Eleni, right?

Her Cypriot entry is penned by composer Alex Papaconstantinou, or Alex P, a Greek-Swedish producer, well-known in Eurovision circles. He collaborates on the tune with Geraldo Sandell, Viktor Svensson, Anderz Wrethov and Didrick.

The song is a well-produced, radio-friendly hit and has entered the London Greek Radio play-list; one that is certain to be heard numerous times in the weeks ahead.

The progressive track starts with atmospheric nuances of clarinet and rather excitingly the track’s speed at 101 beats per minute, includes quiet pre-drops before each chorus. The great pop catchy ‘hooks’ are comprised of useful clarinet riffs, adding the ethnic feel to it.

Cypriot broadcaster CyBC confirmed that Greek star Eleni Foureira would fly the flag at the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon earlier this year.  CyBC chiefs felt that the Albanian-born singer was right for this year’s contest as the up-tempo song compliments Eleni as a singer and dancer.

She is charismatic, who’s stage-skills are expected to ”attack” the Cypriot entry effectively which will no doubt, help this upbeat song.  Sacha Jean-Baptise will be responsible for the Cypriot stage concept; She is a Swedish director with Eurovision pedigree under her belt.

Eleni was born in Fier, Albania and is a Greek artist of Albanian origin. She has lived in Greece from a very young age when her family settled in Kallithea, Athens.

In the last few years, Eleni has released four successful studio albums and multiple singles. One of those hits was ‘Sto Theo Me Paei’, a Greek cover of the 2015 Eurovision entry of Israel ‘Golden Boy’ by Nadar Guedj.

More recently she has released singles in both Greek and English and in 2017 scored an international hit with the song ‘Send For Me’, a collaboration with successful producer and rapper A.M. SNiPE.

The Cypriot delegation will be quietly optimistic about their qualifying chances for a fourth year, following the recent successes by Minus One, John Karayiannis and Hovig.

The First Eurovision Semi-Final airs on Tuesday 8th May, at 8pm on BBC 4. Eleni will perform 19th – last in the running order, considered by many as one of the preferred positions in the draw.

It has also been revealed that the UK is voting for the first Eurovision semi-phase competition. The tele-voting accounts for 50% of the vote, with the other 50% from music expert jurors, which will decide the Top 10 qualifying countries.

The Eurovision Final takes place on Saturday 12th May, on BBC One and London Greek Radio wishes Eleni Foureira the very best of luck in the competition.

Watch it here: the Official Cyprus Eurovision music video to ‘Fuego’:


Article written by Tony Neophytou