Earlier this afternoon the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of musical unprofessionals — traveled to Nicosia to enjoy olives, hummus, sand, sunshine and Mediterranean tanning products. Then we headed to the dance floor to review Sophia Patsalides’ club stomper “I pio omorfi mera” (The most beautiful day). Did we want to dance all night? Or did we hit the sack early? Read on to find out…
“I pio omorfi mera” reviews — Cyprus at JESC 2014
William: “Spread your wings and let the wind take you higher!” It looks like Sophia took her own advice because she has flown straight to the top of my Junior Eurovision list! This song builds perfectly, keeping my attention with each verse and building to a killer bridge. Sophia is a teen dancing queen with a positive message. It’s just perfect.
Chris: One of the major complaints I have with some JESC songs is that they don’t sound like they were written for the artist that is singing them – it sounds like someone older should be singing it, someone younger, too dated, etc. But “I pio omorfi mera” is absolutely perfect for Sophia. It’s a song that fits a teenage girl and Sophia seems to be relishing it. There’s a bit in the middle where the song starts to lose your interest, but the switch to English and the key change pulls it back. A real contender.
Mario: Sophia is great! And you know what: her song is as amazing as she is. It’s catchy, inspirational and it’s a constant mood lifter. I bet lot of you, including myself, think that she should have gone with a ballad, but this is a double win for Sophia. She proves to us all that she is good at both. It’ll be a pleasure to see how this young and very interesting girl grows and what she turns herself into in the future.
Liam: “I Pio Omorfi Mera” has me dazed with its beautiful lines and catchy melody. I catch myself singing as I’m walking down my small suburban Sydney street. Yet I never bring myself to stop. IT’S JUST SO CATCHY!!!!!!
Denise: My second favourite this year. I feel like Cyprus and The Netherlands are really similar, so I’m really curious what will happen to them on the big night. This song is so catchy — you can sing this almost immediately. They also made a bubbly video clip which really adds something to this song. Can’t wait to hear this live!
Bogdan: I had doubts about this at first because I didn’t know whether Sophia could pull it off live, but then I went to her Youtube channel and I was really impressed. Now I have no doubt that “I Pio Omorfi Mera” will sound as amazing on stage as the studio version, which will be a threat to all the other contestants. The chorus is not as catchy as its obvious Dutch rival’s in my opinion, but it’s pretty darn close, and Sophia has the edge of the better voice. The big question is: will the juries love it as much as the viewers?
Patrick: There it is… my favourite of this edition of JESC – CYPRUS! First of all, I’m so happy that the Greek language is back (one of the most beautiful languages on earth!). Sophia is the little Ivi Adamou of this JESC but hopefully with better live vocals! The girl is really talented, amazingly beautiful and yeah that’s it – PERFECT! Kalí tihi Sophia!
Ramadan: As soon as I heard the Cypriot entry, I quickly fell in love with it! Cyprus gets my gold medal of JESC 2014. Sophia is a really good singer. Really catchy and the song stays in my head. VERY memorable chorus. The song makes me want to dance! She is like the younger version of Ivi Adamou. Cannot wait for her to be in the adult Eurovision!
Sopon: My bronze medalist of the year. Although people are pegging another ballad to win, if a dance number were to win, this would be it. It will do well, nonetheless.
Deban: Sophia is very telegenic, and her voice is perfect for this sun-drenced Ibiza pop-dance number. Many young adults are likely to vote for her. She’s fresh, full of life, and bounces to a modern pop song that fits perfectly in 18-30 clubland.
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Wiwi Jury Score: 9.45/10
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