The Wiwi Jury: Cyprus’ Ivi Adamou with “La La Love”

Wiwi’s Jury journeyed to the sunny island of Cyprus this morning to review Ivi Adamou’s “La La Love.” Did it set our hearts racing, or have us diving into the ocean ahead of Eurovision 2012? Check out our quick takes below…

Wiwi: One of Wiwi’s Twitter followers called this song “La La Lousy.” That’s way harsh—and completely off the mark. This is exactly the kind of frothy pop that voters respond to at Eurovision. The rather simple lyrics, which you can read here, are easy to remember (she says “la” 134 times), and the melody gets stuck in your head instantly. Admittedly, it starts to feel a bit monotonous after the two-minute mark, and never really takes us higher. But given how happy it makes me, I’m fine being stuck on the ground. I just hope that being on that ground doesn’t mean I’ll get hit by Ivi’s flailing limbs. She needs some back-up dancers and choreography to make this really pop. In any case, Wiwi is hopeful “La La Love” will give Cyprus what it deserves: a spot in the Top 10. Ivi, who clearly has a knack for lip-synching, gives us energy and life and is la la lovely.

Score: 7.5/10

Vebooboo: Praise Jesus, another feel-good song has come along. To quote Ivi Adamou, “I just feel the energy taking over me.”  If Qele Qele and Shady Lady can finish in the Top 5, I think this girl might have a chance of coming Top 10. I’m just curious to hear her sing it live…but assuming she can nail that, then this could do quite well in Baku.  It’s upbeat, she’s pretty, and it’s a simple but catchy tune.  Work it out, Ivi!

Score: 8/10

Meows Kitty: I guess it’s not a bad dance number but could do with some backup dancers with a more structured routine, as opposed to her dancing like a wild jungle woman on her own.

Score: 5/10

Deban: This year’s Cypriot entry packs a punch. Delivered by Ivi Adamou, a Cypriot singer who rose to fame in Greece and Cyprus following her participation in the Greek version of The X Factor, Although she didn’t win it, many of these contests favour the runners up. Here, she’s singing a song that upbeat, euro and bursting with a catchy chorus. The song is composed by Alex Papaconstantinou, Bjorn Djupstrom, Alexandra Zakka, Viktor Svensson with a sound that’s reminiscent of Stargate meets Guetta.

It is one of the freshest entries in this year’s selection. Its strong elements of the 80’s translate well in the current vein of dance music. Music aficionados may argue that it’s an auto-tuned sound that’s not worthy of a continental showcase.

I completely disagree. Yes, they may have tweaked her voice here and there, but she’s auto-tuned to club perfection. Her beauty queen looks also give off an energy that may pitch itself in ESC 2012’s Top 5.

Score: 8/10

The Wiwi Jury Verdict: 7.13/10

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