The Eurovision Song Project — the Cypriot national final — takes place on February 1. So the Wiwi Jury is busy reviewing the competing songs (and enjoying souvlaki, hummus and other Mediterranean delights). Now it’s time to dig into Panagiotis Koufogiannis. His song “Without Your Love” and is currently leading our poll. Do we agree with our readers?
Deban: Yes, you know it’s a song, but your brain retains none of the melody. In a contest where entrants are constantly finding ways to turn up the volume, Panagiotis Koufogiannis may struggle to court voters. Yes, he brings a Maya Sar quality to the panel, backed by a mini-choir, but there’s a strong possibility that this may get swallowed in a sea of 40 entries (should it advance to Vienna). This silent storm approach needs more of a storm.
William: I love a sensitive man who shows vulnerability. Unfortuantely the sensitive man in question has brought a seriously dull song. He may survive without some chick’s love, but he ain’t gonna survive #eurovisioncy without the audience’s love. And trust me: he ain’t gonna get it. You can’t vote if you’re asleep….
Robyn: Aw, I just wanna give him a hug. He sounds so heartbroken when singing this tale of lost love. It’s not an especially compelling song, but Panagiotis makes the most of the song’s sentiments and gives a heartfelt performance.
Sami: First I have to say that it’s not half as good as Andre’s entry with the same name from 2006. But this one isn’t that bad actually. It’s super boring, but if you really stay awake these three minutes, I think you might say it wasn’t the worst three minutes of your life. It’s also quite touching and he looks great on the stage, even if he doesn’t hit all the notes in the live performance.
Kristín: Panagiotis might not be the strongest singer, but he gives his all in this performance, which kind of grabs my attention. I can’t say that the song does. It’s a little bland, and it bares too much of a resemblance to Lisa Andrea’s entry from 2004, and I was probably one of very few who thought that song was incredibly boring. My apologies to Panagiotis, but “yawn”.
Judit: Tears came to my eyes — it’s lovely and painful and my first thought was, “poor guy.” But something is missing. Maybe a melody? Nothing stuck in my head. Cyprus wants us to cry, but I may be crying for the wrong reasons.
Billy: Christer would say that he is better than the song. And I agree. “Without Your Love” gets really slow some times. With some changes, though, and the addition of backing vocals, it could do well in Vienna. I firmly believe that Panagiotis is a talented young artist, and I encourage him to take part at Eurovision auditions in the future with a more powerful entry.
Patrick: I got goosebumps… and that’s a good sign. This is so beautiful! Panagiotis knows how to sing with emotion. Good singer with a strong song. “Without your Love” is a BIG ballad with the orchestra and amazing lyrics. The total package! If you think it’s boring, that’s your problem because this is a masterpiece! I’m impressed.
Wiwi Jury Verdict: 6.18/10