Over the weekend the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of musical unprofessionals — hit up Nicosia to soak up some rays in the glorious Cypriot sunshine. While we were topping up our tans, we put on the boombox and kicked back listening to John Karayiannis and his Eurovision 2015 song “One Thing I Should Have Done”. Were we la la loving Cyprus’s entry for 2015 or were we totally over it? Read on to find out!
Cyprus’ Eurovision 2015 song
John Karayiannis with “One Thing I Should Have Done”
Angus: Nicosia have picked a delicate feather for a semi-final full of musical wrecking balls. Every year since 2010 there’s been a song trying to replicate the minimalist success of ‘Me and My Guitar’ but most of them bomb by going too minimal. This is one of them. Cyprus should have taken Ivi Adamou for inspiration, not Despina Olympiou.
Bogdan: I usually hate it when people compare ballads to lullabies, but I have to admit that this one makes me want to reach for my pillow. You could say that the a capella bridge sets it apart from other ballads, but that only highlights the trite lyrics. John has a good voice which he masters beautifully, but one thing he should have done was choose a better song.
Chris: John feels like he’s two years out of date with this song, as it would have been the perfect third to Gianluca and ByeAlex in 2013. “One Thing I Should Have Done” is also, however, weaker than both of these songs and just doesn’t have a huge amount of appeal. Nice voice, but there’s so little else that I enjoy here.
Deban: Giannis has been branded as John for the contest, but he is still as unpolished as ever. However, that is his strength. His raw delivery elevates the message in “One Thing I Should Have Done” making it one of the most honest renditions in this year’s contest. Perhaps too down-tempo for the adrenaline voting public. Fortunately the jury of music experts should save this entry. It holds a lot of value in its subtlety.
Francheska: There’s something to be said for starting out with a bang, and then there’s not really even trying at all. This is so dreadfully boring, it may put the entire sleeping pill industry out of business. There is absolutely no tempo change or variety. It’s just a boring guy who means well singing a painfully dull song. Brb, gonna take a 5-hour nap thanks to this song.
Judit: I can’t understand the hate. It’s a lovely romantic ballad and with his warm voice it’s perfect. He looks like ByeAlex but in a sexier way. It wasn’t my favourite in the national selection but day by day it moves higher on my list.
Liam: This song is a slow, boring ballad. Nothing special, and bound to fail when it reaches the Eurovision stage. Cyprus’ national final, for how long it went, was a failure in my eyes because of this.
Padraig: I was initially rather dismissive of “One Thing I Should Have Done”. It’s not the sort of song that hits you full whack in the face, so it’s easy to write it off as dull or boring. But give it a chance and you’ll discover some real depth. Because quite frankly, the song is heartbreaking! Giannis had the perfect girl, but it wasn’t until he’d let her slip away that he realised it. If staged properly this could be a major dark horse in Vienna.
Robyn: I wasn’t a fan of this at the Cyprus national final, but the studio version is really captivating. John sings this simple song of troubled love with tenderness and vulnerability (and it helps that he is adorable). I suspect the a cappella break is going to be a really powerful moment live (provided the arena audience isn’t too rowdy by that point). Could this be the dark horse of 2015?
Sinan: On first listen I didn’t like it, but on repeat I finally did. It’s a relaxing, feel-good song and there is peace and tranquility here. I’m not really sure if it will go to the final, but let’s see.
William: A sensitive performer, John sings with committment and with the pain if a 1,000 breakups and divorces and severed families. Some may call this boring, but it has a quiet dignity and it builds nicely, albeit in reverse: the bridge is stripped back and John sings without any backing. If he can add a bit more dynamism through staging and lighting, this could sneak into the final.
Twenty-nine jurors review each song, but we only have space for ten written reviews. The remaining 19 scores are listed below.
William C: 1.5/10
To reduce potential bias, we have removed a high of 8 and a low of 0 prior to calculating the average.