Somewhere the Eurovision gods must be smiling. How else would you explain the coming together, Avengers style, of two of Eurovision’s all time greatest Divas – Chiara and Hera Björk? This is the Eurovision equivalent of when Beyoncé joined forces with GaGa. Okay, okay, I may be over exaggerating a little but this is big people! Real big!
Y’all probably think I’m going a tiny bit overboard. Sure, Hera Björk only came 19th (2010) and Chiara could only manage two 2nd places (1998 and 2005) and a miserable 22nd (2009). Big Deal! Well be dismissive at your peril because this song is sheer brilliance.
Hera and Chiara have taken one of the greatest feminist anthems of the 20th century and transformed it from a rootin-tootin guilty pleasure into a dancefloor masterpiece. The two ladies’ voices meld together perfectly and soar as one over some banging beats. Crucially, they sidestep one of the major dance music pitfalls, the loss of personality. Whereas many dance tracks come across as soulless and robotic this tune is full of life and even samples the pair laughing. Now don’t get me wrong, I still love the original but it was always better suited for a school disco rather than a night club on a Friday night. Now there’s no excuse not to let your hair down once the weekend comes.
For those of you wanting more I have some good news. This is the lead single off a 5 track EP which the pair have recorded called “Two Divas 9 to 5“. I’ve yet to listen to it but if “9 to 5” is anything to go by it should be a cracker. And it would appear that this is not a one off project either, for Hera has confirmed to an Icelandic website that herself and Chiara will definitely sing another duet together. I can’t wait!