Today the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — travelled to Nicosia and bathed in the glorious Mediterranean sun. Whilst we tried to remove the sand from places sand shouldn’t be, we got together and reviewed Cyprus’ Junior Eurovision 2016 entry “Dance Floor” by George Michaelides. Did we want to join George on the dance floor, or were we rushing for the exit? Read on to find out…
CYPRUS’ JUNIOR EUROVISION 2016 SONG
“DANCE FLOOR” REVIEWS – GEORGE MICHAELIDES
William: In a sea of power ballads that tend to blend together, George brings a refreshing and rebellious dose of house. The clanging, the banging, the heavy electro-beat — Junior Eurovision has never welcomed a song so riotous and mature. And while it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea — teen queens tend to hang at the ice cream parlor, not ‘da club — George serves this with attitude and pizzaz (and without a teddy bear or message of peace). He owns the dance floor and I like it.
Mario: Anthemic and moody, “Dance Floor” demonstrates George’s call to be both a singer and dancer — and slay at both. Standing out from the bunch for its club sound, this takes no prisoners, avoids JESC clichés and remains true to itself. It’s a song that will require a massive stage performance, so it’ll be interesting to see what CyBc, known for its simple staging, has in store for us this year.
Bernardo: George Michaelides may be a kid, but he is killing it with those dance moves. I welcome Cyprus to JESC this year with a standing ovation. Among all the ballads, they bring fun and dance and, dare I say it, sun. With no televote this year, it’s unclear how George will do. But with a strong stage show, George can walk way from this experience very proud.
Jason: Cyprus is likely to stand out this year with George and his very grown-up club banger. This isn’t junior in any respect! I am not sure if this will be a jury hit, but it should pick up some points for being polished and original. The only negative for me is that the lyrics should be sung with more conviction. We need some more oomph!
Chris: After the joyous innocence of “Not My Soul”, there’s the potential that the song is simply too adult for JESC. Not only that, but last year we saw “Oluja” fall apart during a similarly prolonged instrumental break. I have faith in George as a performer to be more entertaining, however, as he’s clearly the best part of the track.
Deban: “Dance Floor” transitions seamlessly from the playground to clubland. George Michaelides brings welcome energy to a track that harks back to the glory days of Aiya Napa. Teens of all ages will relate to this, as well as adults who celebrate juvenile escapism.
Jordi: It seems that Cyprus have come back to the contest with another high energy entry. Despite its ability to stand out from the ballads this year, the song does fall short slightly for me. George’s powerful song makes me want to stand up and dance, but it really failed to grab my attention. The opening is incredibly strong but the chorus fails to match it. However, powerful staging and creative choreography could pull votes Cyprus’ way.
Josh: Cyprus is delivering another big dance track following their efforts at JESC 2014. George Michaelides should be commended. Although the track doesn’t showcase his vocals as much as other songs in the competition do, he absolutely destroys the performance aspect of this song. He gets it. He’s a handsome kid with great charisma and potential, and with some backing dancers and an awesome light show, “Dance Floor” could stand out for all the right reasons.
Renske: I love how Cyprus went for a contemporary song. Although “Dance Floor” might not be the next club hit or a jury favourite, it is a good effort. The use of many instrumental parts can be a huge risk when it comes to a stage performance, but if George can deliver an energetic performance, this might surprise us all.
Robyn: This is such an unusual choice of song for a Eurovision entry — Junior or regular. A dance track with long instrumental sections and a barely there chorus doesn’t seem like a good mix for a song competition. But George is a cute and confident performer and is totally working it in the video. I suspect he will genuinely appeal to younger audience members, who will enjoy seeing a cool, confident performer deliver a song with swag.
Our jury for 2016 consists of twenty-one jurors, but we only have room for ten reviews. The remaining eleven scores are listed below.
The highest and lowest scores are not counted prior to calculating the average score. This is to remove outliers and potential bias. We have removed a low of 4 and a high of 10.