Geia sas! Last night, the Wiwi Jury touched down in Nicosia to catch some rays and up our vitamin D intake! We sunbathed from dusk till dawn, and once we’d topped up our tans, we turned our attention to Cyprus’s Eurovision 2017 act Hovig and his song “Gravity”. Did we la la love or ha ha hate it? Read on to find out!
Hovig – “Gravity”
Hovig Demirjian, 28, is a Cypriot singer of Armenian heritage. In 2009 he participated in the Greek/Cypriot version of the X Factor and ended up placing seventh. Hovig entered the Greek national final for Eurovision twice before — in 2010 when he placed third with “Goodbye”, and in 2015 when he placed fourth with “Stone in a River”. Hovig was internally selected by CyBC. His song “Gravity” was written by the Swedish maestro Thomas G:son. At Eurovision 2017 he hopes to make us move. “I will be dancing in Kyiv, which doesn’t come easy for me,” he told us in Amsterdam at Eurovision in Concert. “It’s the first time I’ve been to dancing class — I am working really hard and it’s coming out quite well. But thank God for good choreographers!”
Robyn: Thomas G:son is a talented songwriter, but there’s evidently a limit to how much magic he can conjure up in one year. “Gravity” is ok and Hovig is a good performer, but the end result is just a bit boring. Having said that, I do still like it as a song and the boredom could easily be relieved via dynamic staging. Let’s see.
William: The dark and mysterious opening includes deep electro beats and syncopated clapping, both of which set the tone for this contemporary and intriguing track. The Swedish production is sleek and polished, and Hovig’s voice suits dark pop rather well. But ultimately this feels rather clinical and flat. Rather than connecting a series of emotions this feels like one long chant. Still, a respectable entry.
Deban: Drawing inspiration from Rag’n’Bone Man “Human”, Hovig’s “Gravity” is uncomfortably familiar, but not as good as the former. Although the production is sleek, this “Gravity” ends up being too safe. Repeat spins only highlight how vapid Cyprus 2017 is. Unlike other entries that brew over time, this track loses its sparkle almost immediately.
Chris: “Human” does nothing for me; “Gravity” does. It’s a real step change for Hovig from 2015, but the music video at least seems to show it’s working for him. Well structured and the chorus is a particular highlight. It won’t be a song for the Eurovision record books, but “Gravity” is another solid entry from Cyprus.
Angus: “Gravity” is like a slice of moussaka. Delicious at first, but if you have the whole thing it’s too heavy and leaves you feeling bloated. The first minute is dark and intense, but squanders all of that promise in what follows because it just repeats. Even the middle eight, normally a guaranteed offer of something different in a Eurovision song, flatlines. Cyprus will need superlative staging to put this through to the grand final.
Forrest: When listening to “Gravity”, the phrase that continuously springs to mind is “good enough”. The instrumentation is contemporary, but has a rather generic sound. The lyrics are inconsequential and cliché ridden, but the hook is catchy enough to make the song memorable. The problem here is that “Gravity” had three minutes to do something, anything, but squandered the opportunity. The song doesn’t do anything wrong but, in equal measure, it fails to take a chance or develop any further than “good enough”.
Jovana: The very first second this song started, I thought, “I’m only human after all”. “Gravity” is a decent, radio-friendly contemporary pop song and a certain qualifier, but it lacks originality – especially now that Rag’n’Bone’s “Human” is such a big hit.
Luis: Hovig’s song is actually like gravity: most of the time you don’t remember it’s there. It’s not a bad song by any means, and Hovig is a likeable performer, but apart from the Rag’n’Bone Man resemblance, little remains after you stop listening. I quite like it while it’s on, despite the fact that it’s a bit flat and linear. Maybe my attention is on the video, which is fantastic, so if they manage to translate it into the stage, we’ll see Cyprus in the final for the third year in a row.
In the Wiwi Jury we have 38 jurors but only have room for 8 reviews. The remaining 30 scores are below:
We have removed the highest and lowest scores prior to calculating the average. This is to remove outliers and potential bias. We have removed a low of 2.5 and a high of 10.
Wiwi Jury Verdict: 6.5/10
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