Summer is officially here: Helena Paparizou brings the sun with “Haide”

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We bop to her Scandipop and tolerate her melodramatic ballads. But truth be told, there’s nothing quite like a Helena Paparizou ethno-club banger. So we’re thanking the Greek gods for “Haide”, the latest single from the Eurovision 2005 winner.

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Summer 2017 officially started on 28 April, the day Helena dropped “Haide”. Loosely translating as “Go”, the track radiates Mediterranean heat. Replete with traditional instruments, ethno-beats and lush harmonies, we’re instantly transported to the blue waters and white sands of the Greek seaside.

Forget about the so-so “Fiesta”, this takes us right back to the hits of Helena’s heyday ten years ago. It’s so 2005 without being two thousand and late.

The Swedish-Greek star has even released an English version to further our enjoyment, although as is often the case, sometimes it’s better when you don’t understand what’s being said.

The accompanying music video captures the mood perfectly. We watch as Helena and her gal pals unwind by the pool and play tricks on unsuspecting waiters. There’s lots of sunshine, a highly choreographed dance routine and oodles of Bioten product placement. What more could you want?

Helena Paparizou “Haide” (Official Music Video)

Watch the English version.

Alas, “Haide” doesn’t appear to mark a Paparizou renaissance. For shortly afterwards, the “My Number 1” hitmaker gave us “Colour Your Dream” — a wretchedly dated dance number. And not in a good way!

There’s even flashbacks to the awful Scooter when a heavily auto-tuned man shouts “Are you ready”.  However, the song is for a good cause. It’s the anthem for this year’s Colour Day Festival, which celebrates diversity, so we’ll lay down the axe and replay “Haide” instead.

Helena Paparizou “Colour Your Dream” (Official Audio)

What do you think of “Haide”? Will you be adding it to your summer playlist? Let us know in the comments below.

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