In August, Cyprus confirmed its return to Junior Eurovision after sitting out of the 2015 edition in Bulgaria.
And on September 5 Sophia Patsalides — the country’s last JESC participant — reminded Europe that the tiny island harbours some very big talent, as she released her stunning cover of LP’s “Lost On You”.
As with her earlier covers — including Ariana Grande’s “Into You” — Miss Patsalides has produced a stripped-back version of the original, relying solely on the piano and her stunning voice while recording at the Soundscape Studios in Cyprus.
Sophia covers Adele’s “Lost On You”
Mrs. Laura Pergolizzi, aka LP, rose to fame with the track, which topped the charts in Greece and Israel, and cracked the Top 10 in France, Poland and Italy.
So the bar was high to say the least when Sophia decided to give it a try.
And yet her piano-only performance really brings the drama and her vocals give us major feels. This is called taking ownership of a song. Cue the goosebumps!
Sophia covers Adele’s “All I Ask”
Sophia released this cover back in August, proving she’s got the confidence and the skill to tackle the British diva of the moment.
The music is really powerful on its own — but it never overpowers young Sophia, who seems to pour her heart and soul into the music.
Now we love Adele, but it almost seems like this song was written for the Cypriot teenager.
Sophia, who sang “I pio omorfi mera” at Junior Eurovision 2014, still holds the highest-ever Wiwi Jury score for either Junior Eurovision or the adult Eurovision. And somehow it seems she’s managed to improve since then, which blows our mind.
Sophia turns 16 — the minimum age to participate in Eurovision — this December. That’s just in time for Eurovision 2017 in Kyiv, which gives us hope that she might soon find herself on a plane to Ukraine…
So what do you think? Do you want to see Sophia at ESC in the future? Let us know in the comments section below…