He’s still a teenager and too young to get into the over-18 clubs of Nicosia.
But that isn’t stopping Cyprus’ George Michaelides from throwing down, as he proves in the official video for his song “Dance Floor”, Cyprus’ entry for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016, which premiered on Monday evening.
Easily the most grown-up entry we’ve heard this year, the song channels house music with its very deep techno beat and electro flourishes. For a split second we thought we’d woken up in a Berlin warehouse — and that’s a very good thing indeed.
In the music video George plays the part of dance demon very well, singing with passion in front of monochrome walls that alternate between black and white.
Lyrically he is here to tell you he loves to dance. “My world is a dance floor,” he says in English. “My heart is beating like a drum. Feel the rhythm. This is who I am.” We’re with you.
Cyprus became the thirteenth country to confirm their participation back in August, returning for the first time since 2014.
A five-member jury panel selected George from RIK’s open submission process. The jury consisted of Lia Kasiou, Spyros Spyrou, Florentios Tsoukas, Salomi Chatzineofytou and Stéfanos Charalámpous.
George is a known entity: He rose to fame as the winner of The Musical Kids, a Sigma TV kids talent show run by Eurovision veteran Alex Panayi.
Michael follows in the footsteps of the country’s 2014 representative Sophia Patsalides.
Her entry “I Pio Omorfi Mera” eventually finished ninth with 69 points.
What do you think of their entry? Can George clinch a first Junior Eurovision title for Cyprus?