She’s a Greek popstress who has long had her eye on Eurovision, and even made a glam Greek cover of “Golden Boy”. Now Eleni Foureira has released the song she intended as Greece’s Eurovision entry for Stockholm. “Come Tiki Tam” is an update on the classic 2000s ethnopop sound, written by “Golden Boy” composer Doron Medalie.
“Come Tiki Tam” uses modern production styles that give it a 2016 flavour, but at its heart it’s the kind of ethnopop number that could easily have been entered by Greece a decade ago. It even throws in a period-accurate key change.
If “Come Tiki Tam” had made it to Eurovision, it would have been memorable. In the song’s saucy chorus, Eleni purrs, “Come tiki tiki tam/Come, do you wanna have some fun?” and the plentiful instrumental breaks in the song would have given plenty of opportunities for Eleni to unleash some moves.
It’s a fun song, but how would “Come Tiki Tam” have held up in Stockholm against the modern pop of “If Love Was a Crime”, the emotional heft of “Sound of Silence” or the sexy edge of “LoveWave”?
In 2013, Eleni performed an iconic version of “Wild Dances”, duetting with none other than Ruslana. The two divas gave great hairography, and the association with Eleni and Eurovision was strengthened.
In January this year, Eleni was reported as saying she’d be very happy to represent Greece at Stockholm, but that ERT were looking for a different type of artist and song that year. And we know that Argo were a very different direction from Eleni’s typical pop style.
Despite Argo’s poor placing in Stockholm, we can’t help think that ERT did Eleni a favour by rejecting the song, giving her the chance to come back with a strong, modern song. Eurovision 2017, perhaps?
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