JESC Wiwi Jury: Cyprus’ Nicole Nicolaou with “I Wanna Be A Star”


Today the Wiwi Jury – our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — travelled to Nicosia to soak up some delightful Cypriot sun. In between listening to our Hovig and Ivi Adamou playlists, we took a break to review the entry for Cyprus at Junior Eurovision 2017, “I Wanna Be A Star” by Nicole Nicolaou. Do we think Nicole has the star power for a long career in the music industry? Read on to find out.

Cyprus’ Junior Eurovision 2017 song

“I Wanna Be A Star” reviews

Angus: Nicole sings about being a star someday, but as far as I’m concerned she’s already out of this world. “I Wanna Be A Star” is a slice of Mediterranean sunshine and the kind of JESC song that Cyprus does super well year in, year out.

Score: 7.5/10

Deban: Sunny, sassy and full of optimism — “I Wanna Be A Star” takes the kids to the dancefloor, yet remains age-appropriate. This is an all-singing, all-dancing number with a spectacular hand-clapping key change. Nicole will be bringing much-needed sunshine to freezing Tbilisi.

Score: 7/10

Jordi: Nicole Nicolaou’s “I Wanna Be a Star” is ready to give Junior Eurovision 2017 a fun retro and funky feel. This is uptempo and allows for creative, explosive choreography whilst serving good energy. From the very start, it makes you shake your thang – even if you don’t feel like dancing. Who can really resist that cheerful sound? Despite the fact that the melody is really catchy, it also gets a bit repetitive for me. But no matter. Give her some dancers and some hairography moves and get the party started!

Score: 7.5/10

Renske: Nicole is ready to bring some Cypriot summer flavour to the competition. It will be a good alternative to the many ballads in the competition: a moment to stand up and dance. Cyprus has yet to score big with a dance song in Junior Eurovision, but I don’t think this will be an exception.

Score: 7/10

Robyn: The title suggests a junior diva — but the lyrics offer a good twist. “I Wanna Be A Star” is a self-empowerment anthem. It blends a classic disco sound with folky Cypriot flourishes. Nicole comes across as really likeable, just the type of girl to boost the spirits of her peers. It’s a fun jam!

Score: 5/10

William: The sun is out and so is Nicole! This kid-friendly banger has one of the most instantly likeable backing tracks of the entire competition and sets the scene for surf, sand and inspiration as Miss Nicolaou preaches about self-belief and reaching for those stars. There’s nothing wrong with a little ambition and she’s got it in spades. I’m not sure if she’s a natural dancer, but her smile and voice more than make up for that. A nice, bright effort that should come across well on TV.

Score: 7.5/10

Our jury for 2017 consists of 20 jurors, but we only have room for 6 reviews. The remaining 14 scores are listed below.

Antony: 7/10

Antranig: 10/10

Bernardo: 6/10

Chris: 6/10

Cinan: 9/10

Jonathan: 6/10

Josh: 6/10

Jovana: 4/10

Luis: 6.5/10

Marek: 6/10

Mario: 7.5/10

Natalie: 5.5/10

Rezo: 5/10

Sebastian: 7/10








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 4 and a high of 10.