What do you get when you cross one of Eurovision’s best songwriters with this year’s breakout superstar of Eurovision? Sweet bliss!
Doron Medalie, the man who wrote this year’s Eurovision winning song “Toy”, has announced that he will be collaborating with this year’s Eurovision runner-up Eleni Foureira for a new single titled “Caramela”.
Despite being rivals on this year’s Eurovision stage, Doron and Eleni have a rich history of working together in the past. In 2015, Eleni recorded her version of Medalie’s “Golden Boy”, Israel’s entry for Eurovision that year. Her cover has amassed almost 20 million views on YouTube, and has now become part of Eleni’s repertoire of hits. She even performed it at this year’s Wiwi Jam in Lisbon.
In 2016, the pair collaborated again in an attempt to represent Greece at Eurovision with the heavily ethnopop “Come Tiki Tam”. Greece ultimately chose Argo with the ethnic “Utopian Land”, which went on to become Greece’s first non-qualifier.
“Eleni Foureira and I are good friends and really enjoy working together. She really wanted to come to the Gay Pride parade in Tel Aviv but did not make it because of a tight schedule. Eleni is aware of the Israeli audience love, and I send her so many videos of people dancing to “Fuego”. Now that we (Israel) have won the Eurovision and the Cyprus threat is gone, I believe that an exciting reunion will soon be formed between Eleni and the Israeli audience.”
“Caramela”, written by Doron, Moshe Peretz and Avi Ohayon, was released in Israel last year by Moshe, amassing over 25 million views. With a sound that would not be out of place on salsa and bachata dancefloors worldwide, the song combines a Latino flair with typical Israeli banger beats. Have a listen to Moshe’s version below.
Eleni, who is currently touring Europe, will no doubt bring her unique Latin flair from “Fuego” to this new sickly-sweet collaboration. Our Foureira thigh-high boots are quaking!
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