Yesterday the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — travelled to Cyprus. We got ourselves to a sunny Mediterranean beach and discussed Minus One‘s song “Alter Ego”. Did we like this other side of Cyprus’ personality? Read on to find out!
Minus One – “Alter Ego”
“Alter Ego” reviews
Kristin: Oh Cyprus, how you’ve swept me off my feet. This simply has to be in the finals, and preferably reach top 3. Hell, I hope they win. There, I’ve said it! Last year, when Minus One came second in the Cypriot finals, I was in awe because of them. Now I’ve passed the awe and moved straight into hotdamn! This is by far, my absolute favourite this year. A solid rock number with immensely catchy chorus and bulletproof vocals. Dark, yet accessible. I’ll gladly wave the Cypriot flag as a support in Stockholm, no doubt.
Angus: If Cyprus don’t end up in the top 10 this year, something is wrong with the universe. For real, this is the strongest play Cyprus have made since Ivi Adamou rocked that dance breakdown and unlike Ivan, I’m feeling the lycanthropy vibes loud and strong here through the howls. Where do I sign up to be a groupie?
Max: This is an enjoyable three minutes of pop-rock with a chorus that sticks, but I’m not completely sold. I find it a little flat and a little dated. Having said that, I think fans of the genre will go crazy for this come May. Although “Alter Ego” isn’t one of my personal favourites, kudos to Cyprus for sending something outside of the box. Even though rock has found more of a grounding in this year’s contest, this still feels like an original and unexpected entry.
Bernardo: Last year I used Cyprus entry as my toilet break. Not 2016! After casting a sleeping spell over Europe that got them to the final last year, the small island is playing their ace of spades — Minus One with “Alter Ego”. An incredible rock-influenced entry that appeals not only to rock fans but really everyone. This is what I call diversity and risk-taking — Cyprus nailed it. With the correct stage performance we have a top-15 finisher.
Bogdan: Cyprus’s entry this year is the best bet the country’s had for a while. I expect the show will be a dazzling display of energy and lights, similar to Softengine’s show-stopping performance in 2014. “Alter Ego” deserves to reclaim its place in the top 10, in the name of all the pop-rock lovers in the Eurovision fandom.
Cristian: Usually I am not a lover of rock but I think this Cypriot entry is really cool and strong. “Alter Ego” is an energetic radio friendly song, I’m sure Minus One will set fire to the stage with their performance. I definitely cannot see this song staying in the semis.
Deban: Pop-rock shaken into a headbanger’s cocktail. This entry has gusto! It’s bold, fuller flavoured and screams hedonism. Against a backdrop of tamer entries, “Alter Ego” stands out. Should it advance? Most definitely!
Liam: Cyprus is a country that wouldn’t usually send such a good song. So to hear this, I was pleasantly surprised. Never have liked a rock entry as much as this one at Eurovision.
Mario: Good job on this one, Sir G:son! For a country with poor record in Eurovision, this is freaking amazing. Energy-filled and such a 2016 pop-rock music representative, it makes me wonder why isn’t it already on Billboard’s top 100 list, seriously.
Padraig: Not since Manga have we had such a strong rock entry at Eurovision. “Alter Ego” may be too poppy for rock purists, but this is a contest that requires mass appeal. And the track has that by the bucket load. The pounding instrumental, combined with a hook-laden chorus makes for the perfect stadium anthem. Minus One bring us on a frantic rush through the human experience. The lyrics are a tad abstract, even nonsensical, but that hardly matters. With a little pyro, plenty of camera cuts and loads of dramatic lighting there’s nothing to stop Cyprus storming up the leaderboard.
Robyn: Minus One and co-writer Thomas G:son have cleverly combined the band’s rock roots with a really strong, solid pop core. With a lot of rock-style songs in the contest this year, “Alter Ego” stands out as the most accessible and most enjoyable. Even the guitar solo works because the song is otherwise so relentlessly pop. This is the big pop-rock moment 2016 needs.
William: I don’t like rock music, but boy do I love this! It’s everything rock should be — gritty, loud and just a little bit angry. But Minus One wisely hyphenate their rock with pop, creating a delightful crossover track that appeals to music fans regardless of whether they wear shredded jeans or not. Pumped up and pulsating, the chorus is a proper adrenaline rush. Minus One + Eurovision 2016 = SUCCESS.
In the Wiwi Jury we have 40 jurors but only have room for 12 reviews. The remaining 28 scores are below.
William C: 6/10
The highest and lowest scores are dropped prior to calculating the average score. This is to remove outliers and reduce potential bias. We have removed a low of 5 and a high of 10.