Eurovision 2015 meets Eurovision 1984! Cyprus’ John Karayiannis has taken us on a throwback to the days of the Herreys, as he has released the official music video for his cover of their winning song, “Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley”.
John originally covered the song back in Cyprus for the national final and has since been working in to his pre-Eurovision concert repertoire. His producer loved John’s version so much that he worked it in to a full version of the song, followed up by the music video.
Perfectly set in a jazz bar, it’s very much a Bublé-esque stripped back version of the song, with an orchestral backing – a far cry from the choreographed energy of the original. John plays the role of the jazz singer wonderfully, although the video could probably do without the bizarre intro where his “best friend” shouts at a random worker before hurrying John to the stage.
What’s impressive is just how well John can sell the song – it’s not exactly the greatest arrangement ever, but John is able to make it work by his performance. Could that spell well for him when it comes to his performance in Vienna too? “One Thing I Should Have Done” might need the luck of those golden shoes if it wants to get far…