In February, after weeks of speculation and years of fans wishing it were so, the Cypriot broadcaster RiK confirmed that Greek star Eleni Foureira would fly the Cypriot flag at Eurovision 2018.

And today she took the temperature in the Mediterranean to a whole new level with the official presentation of her song “Fuego”. Make sure you have a fire extinguisher close by when you hit play. It’s getting hot in here!

Eleni Foureira – “Fuego”

Traditional beats and sounds set the stage for what’s about to come — a major heat wave led by this Greek goddess.

Thematically the song works on a number of levels. Fuego could be the heat, passion and inspiration we draw from each other. It can also represent a sense of emancipation and strength — an internal smouldering that gives life, lust, love and more.

As she sings: “‘Cause I’m way up and I ain’t coming down, you takin’ me higher…’cause I’m burning up and I ain’t cooling down, I got the fire, fuego.”

This upbeat dance number will likely become a summer staple, as it cuts across borders and feelings. It moves from Cypriot realness to uptempo madness, merging all of the elements in an exciting three minutes that seem to speed by.

Visually, she reminds us that she knows how to put on a show. Slaying all of her outfits, she takes us on a visual and spiritual journey that shows off her versatility.

She’s queen of the castle in a barely-there bandage outfit with pink fringe; she’s diva of the manor in a red leather pantsuit; she’s a straight-up showgirl in a golden catsuit while writhing against a wall; she’s the woman who had a very good night as she lays splayed out on the floor clutching a pineapple the morning after; and she’s an urban diva as she works a billowing cape while dancing in a parking lot. Mix it up, right?

A long time coming

Eleni’s Eurovision dreams have been well documented in the past. Foureira almost made it to Eurovision in 2010, when she competed in the 2010 Greek national final with “Kivotos tou Noe”. While she missed out by coming in second place, that did not extinguish her Eurovision desire.

In 2013 Foureira made another appearance at the Greek national final — but this time as the interval act. She joined Ukraine’s first Eurovision winner Ruslana for an attitude-packed cover of “Wild Dances”.

Eleni also spoke out last year to complain about the Greek broadcaster’s “snub” of never selecting her. Clearly, she’s decided that enough is enough and it’s time for a change, and RiK were more than happy to bring her in!

What do you think about Eleni’s “Fuego”? Are you feeling the heat? Could Cyprus have a chance of qualifying for the Grand Final? Tell us in the comment section below!

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Hope hill

Cyprus is the best entry of all I hope people vote for them we know Eurovision is also politics hence just hope this doesn’t influence the result Cyprus is magnificent they deserve to win God Willing

Mario
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Mario

Great song from Cyprus! Please read my blog!
https://marioeurovision2018.wordpress.com/

C C
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C C

When is wiwi gonna do a review of this song??

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

When all the ESC entries get reviewed after the reveals; usually in April.

lasse braun
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lasse braun

a very nice nude fake!
or real?

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Body suit.

Fast Food Music Lover
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Fast Food Music Lover

I have this song on repeat ever since it was released. Fuego!

Jayjay
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Jayjay

Yes because what this is typical of fast food. One eats it, it tastes good for one minute, but after 30 min you are still hungry because the food didn’t have any nutrients. In the meantime it sickens you and makes you fat. Get healthy men and stop listening to that sh*

Johnny B
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Johnny B

I totally disagree with you… to be honest when I first heard this song it didn’t mean so much to me… Surprisingly it grew so much in me lately that I can’t stop listening to it!! When I saw the writer of the song then I realised why… Alex Papaconstantinou wrote songs for Enrique Iglesias, Jennifer Lopez, Elena Paparizou etc. It’s a mater of taste… I guess you don’t like pop songs in general!! cause they would all be “fast food” songs for you!!

jay
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jay

i kinda liked this, a lot actually… its super catchy and you can tell she would bring it on stage. Its the best one Ive heard so far, and the most upbeat.
I am not a fan of what the Portuguese guy said last year when he won, about it being’ about music and not firework’. Music is a personal and subjective thing. Someone music is someone else;s fireworks. If someone wants have fun and have fireworks, why the hell not??? Who are you to judge???

Amor
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Amor

It was very arrogant what he said.

Johnny B
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Johnny B

I totally disagree with you… to be honest when I first heard this song it didn’t mean so much to me… Surprisingly it grew so much in me lately that I can’t stop listening to it!! When I saw the writer of the song then I realised why… Alex Papaconstantinou wrote songs for Enrique Iglesias, Jennifer Lopez, Elena Paparizou etc. It’s a mater of taste… I guess you don’t like pop songs in general!! cause they would all be “fast food” songs for you!

jim
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jim

“oh no its not real music ahdkdkgagghhdfg fast food music !!2!!11!1”
lol the song is catchy and has great visuals, we’ve gotten so many boring ballads this year and people are still complaining everytime we get an upbeat song jeez

Salvador Sobral
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Salvador Sobral

It’ll be another Ivi Adamou. I can’t wait to hear her live.Yianna Terzi already proved she can sing her song on Instagram

Kirby
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Kirby

Plastic.

Marty Mc
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Marty Mc

This song will do well in May, Pending of course the live vocals and performance. I think she will do a great job. Agree there is too much hate these days here with the comments of who is in and who is out, who is wrong and who is right. People interpret things so differently, sometimes misinterpreted and sometimes it gets a bit out of hand. How times are changing since the days of nil points Mona lisa and winners like boom bang a bang. My comment is just spread ‘the love’ it’s a song contest after all!

MaryJane
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MaryJane

Well.. this video teaches a thing or two about your body’s wellbeing 🙂

Mel
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Mel

This is disposable trash with product placement for bananas but I’m kind of into it. It isn’t pretending to be anything it’s not. It’s the Michael Bay movie of Eurovision songs.

Lola
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Lola

My favourite parts of the song is the ones she’s not singing lol I really like that beat !! and damnnnn she’s georges !!

allexo
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allexo

is she naked, if she is, she looks fine as hell.

Beamie
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Beamie

If Love Was A Crime, Poli would like her song back. And she did it with much more charm and not half naked. And why are people dissing Saara Alto in this thread? What has she done to make you hate her so much? Very odd behaviour by some people. Anyway, Ukraine for the win ?

Amafuegolol
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Amafuegolol

Cyprus and Croatia look promising.

L'oiseau
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This is is not exactly my cup of tea, never was. Having said that, within its genre I think the song is very well produced and performed. It sound very contemporary and as a genuine pop song, not some left-overs. You can hear and see that a lot of thought and care was put in all the production elements. However it lacks this special thing that makes it stand out. But the key will be the life performance. It can kill it or it can lead to a whole new level.

Tobias
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Tobias

I don’t think it’s bad, it’s a good contender for Ivi Adamou’s Cypriot Europop reign. 😀 With that being said, the only songs I like more at the moment are Serbia (due to the ethnic elements), France (due to the message and the chill sound) and Greece (due to the epicness). I’m very happy about Salvador’s victory last year and that it started a wave of countries bringing back originality. However, I think also Europop songs can profit from that, because unlike in last years, “Fuego” can stand out a bit more, now that everybody isn’t trying to be “bigger… Read more »

West
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West

Not bad, not great – it’s catchy enough so that the repetetive parts aren’t that much annoying, and the instrumental parts are good. I’m a bit worried about live vocals – not that they would be bad, but there’s some filter over the singer’s vocals in the studio version and so the live vocals will most likely sound different.

Vale
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Vale

Love it! Even though you can definitely hear the autotune on her voice, the song is catchy af and it’s the first real bop for me this year

Stan
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Stan

I have no problem with product placements. If this is what Cyprus had to do to be in esc this year, so be it. Do you prefer San Marino crowd funding?

Please somebody can tell us how to have pictures as avatar?

Denise Return
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Denise Return

” But everyone is following Salvador’s advice:
Music is not fireworks, it’s filling.”

What he means is music is not fast food. It should be filling like a steak or fried chicken. When you make music filling you don’t get hungry. This is the message of the Eurovision

ComeThroughFuego
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ComeThroughFuego

This is how you do it, miss Saara Aalto.

Kris
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Kris

Did I just see a banana advert?

Hada
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Hada

Janeiro would love her

Wheatley
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Wheatley

2 years ago exactly, “Cool me Down” was a “masterpiece” according to 99% of this forum. Fast forward 2 years and 1 Salvador Sobral victory later and somehow this forum is more of a McDonalds than a Eurovision forum with all the “fast food” talk. This is a club banger. It’s not supposed to reinvent the wheel in the music industry nor it is there to invoke deep emotions you never thought you could have. Stop treating Sobral like he is Jesus, or whoever, and stop taking his words by heart. I don’t think he would even want pop music… Read more »

Kris
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Kris

But everyone is following Salvador’s advice:
Music is not fireworks, it’s filling.

And many countries are sending fillers
songs this year.

Wheatley
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Wheatley

I’m pretty sure he said feelings, but i’ll have to agree with you. Most countried did send fillers. Good songs, don’t get me wrong, but mainly fillers for the show. And it’s an audiovisual competition. What’s next? Will New year’s be bad as well because we get tricked into being even happier by the fireworks and not just the passing of the year? Be open minded and try to appreciate things for what they are and not what you want them to be. Everyone is entitled to their taste. And all the pop-shaming this year is getting out of hand.… Read more »

L'oiseau
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Of course he said ‘feeling’…

Krys Ka
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Krys Ka

AMEN!

Lemoni
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Lemoni

@Eve – ”I think you are overreacting a little bit, this place is kindergarten comparing to some other forums”

Totally agree. This place is a kindergarten. I guess esc fans really live in their bubble because I see nothing disrespectful here.
-Some people say ”generic”, ”dated”, ”last place”….
-Others say ”it’s your envy”, ”your country’s song is worse”…
Is this the problem? Is this what you call toxic?
How do you survive in real world if this disturbs you?

Alex
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Alex

I actually appreciate this one. They just wanted to make a good song without trying to reinvent dance music, and it works.

What I *really* appreciate is the double instrumental chorus. You’re worried that there won’t be a real instrumental hook after the lyrics stop, and they make you wait for it and reward you. Very smart.

Marcelo
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Marcelo

Cyprus have gone down at the odds since the release of “Fuego”. They were scratching the bottom of the Top 20 reaching #19. But now they’re back at #22. That must not be a good sign. Poor Eleni, although I still believe she might qualify to the Grand Final.

desfolhada
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desfolhada

fire(doesnt)works

RumahDara
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RumahDara

This song is well produced and entertaining. What i really confused is why some people keep moaning and always looks for the flaws in every entry. Just go make your own music then.

Peter M
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Peter M

The very definition of FAST FOOD MUSIC with no lyrical content. The song is absolute trash but will still get 12 points from Greece.

Salvador Sobral
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Salvador Sobral

And Portugal be bottom 5 with their sleepy boring song. Fast food music rocks!

Marcelo
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This year several countries seem to have though that having songs in Spanish, with parts in Spanish or even a name in Spanish (WTF) would do them right. Already seen that sad puppet for a flamenco song at the Moldavian NF, there’s a full song, even reggaeton, in the Melodi Grand Prix (don’t come and tell me that he is of Chilean descent, because I could not care less), and “Latinized efforts” here and there. I’m not even going to comment on Sweden, for they usually drag and drop so much that Latino is but one of their victims. And… Read more »

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Well I’m mostly British, and songs from other countries have been using varying levels of English at Eurovision for over 50 years now. It’s not an insult to us, it is a great compliment. Usually. 🙂

Marcelo
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Marcelo

You know what I meant by that, mate… It is not like using English to sound more in line with / be more servile to the industry. This is a cheap appeal.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Yes, I see the point. x

Héctor
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Héctor

Every year we need one of this. “Fuego” isn’t original, sounds like something Greece would send some years ago and doesn’t have a first class production, but it achieves its goal more or less. It’s not that I like it, but it doesn’t hurt anyone. Her live performance will determine her fate. If she can pull this out live, it will stand out among all the slower songs. I can see Cyprus 2018 placing like Israel 2017. Not a winner or a top 10 placing, though.

Bastian
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Bastian

I like it 🙂 we need this in esc! I can see it qualifying easily

Maclaren
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Maclaren

So it is 2018 and we still have women clad in peach bodysuits and black kneehigh boots to underpin their sexuality? Lass, you must be fifteen years late to the Eurovision party. Sorry I thought Tayanna from Ukraine was non votable but this is something belonging to the last century

Marcelo
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OH, RIGHT, THIS!!
Thanks, I totally forgot to mention that in my comment (above)

Thanks

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Fashions come and go. This could be the start of a bodysuit revival.
Alternatively, the entire video could just be an advert for a beauty product.

Maclaren
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Maclaren

I know dear Purple Mask, with my love and respect to you, it is less about the outfit it is more about the… aftertaste that I have as a woman watching this. It reminds me of the Presidents Club and I totally switch off after that

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Oh, I’m sorry. I didn’t know. What an awful exploitive event to be reminded of. 🙁

Visionary
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Visionary

Yeah, women should hide under burqas? Bring in the Sharia police maybe?

azaad
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azaad

Let women dress how they want to. In burqas or bodysuits and everything in between. The government and men shouldn’t police it.

Robyn Gallagher
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I quite like this and I wasn’t expecting to. The only trouble is, I can never remember how it goes. Also, I have not fully recovered from the product-placement probiotics.

Ron
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Ron

@Robyn – Apparently she will promote ANYTHING. Everything from men’s AXE deodorants to probiotics and bananas.

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

Probiotics are important and for too long, have been underrepresented at Eurovision.

Ceseraqui
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Ceseraqui

Hahahahha the product placement on that video is juts Hilarious!! I was juts like…. Wtf is happening with all this bananas and pineapples?? ???????

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

I was hating this when it started for the same reasons that have been mentioned…cheap, unoriginal etc. However, two minutes into the song, I was kinda getting into it. Sing it live, put on a performance and I will be ok. Obviously, Amar Pelos Dois it is not, but, hey, not that bad, either.

Krys Ka
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Krys Ka

And Amar Pelos Dois is an utterly boring song. It only won because of his performance. Don’t know why though, because his performance and the song could easily induce coma.

Let’s face it, apart from Euphoria we haven’t had worthy winners in the last couple of years.

Amor
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Amor

Finally a kindred spirit.

Ann
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Ann

Krys Ka – totally agree! I have no idea why people are so in love in him…Ok, I have one: Maybe they think that if they say they like something like his song, it will make them belong to the “better” group of people. Guys, music is for everything! It is NOT “to wake up feelings and learn you something”. Some genres – yes, but there are still genres that exist to entertain, make you laugh, make you dance, help you calm down, be a good background when you sit and drink or are sleepy, there’s games music, folk, church… Read more »

Amor
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Amor

I’m starting to believe that some people do enjoy the song because it is the thing to do. If you genuinely like it thats you but I personally feel nothing.

Jayjay
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Jayjay

Yes it boring for people that haven’t got a clue about music. Amar pelos dois is a masterpiece and much more exciting than this piece of sh*

Amor
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Amor

Its all a matter of personal taste dude. I dont think this song is better than portugal but I honestly dont like either.

Jayjay
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Jayjay

I agree. I respect your taste and you respect mine. Fuego is boring to me. Amar pelos dois still exites me.

Denise Return
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Denise Return

Portugal won because it is music with filling. Like pie filled with meat and potato, it is satisfying because of filling. Not fast food.

Rory
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Rory

This is a song and artist I can stand completely in support of.

Unlike Finland.

It’s a nice track, popish and a bit of ethno to just make it hotter. Nicely done. Summer, come faster!

Kyna
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Kyna

Well I agree on needing a pop song for the sake of balance so here it is. But gosh this is really weak one. I like the beat during the chorus (is there even chorus here??) but even that part is quite weak for me. The predictability is really strong in this one. I always like Mediterranean beats so I had high expectations, sadly it’s not enough fuego to make me dance.
This sells something else other than the song and she indeed is quite good at it I suppose. I’m not buying it tho so I’ll pass.

AzeriChico
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AzeriChico

Well, it’s a good song for me. It’s actually much better than last year’s Greek and Cypriot entries. So good job, Cyprus! But the main issue with this entry will be her vocals I think. She’s not so good at live. But hopefully she’ll prove me wrong. Good luck.

Krys Ka
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Krys Ka

Some people here are moaning about the quality of this track, but I bet they already have ‘aye, aye, aye’ stuck in their heads after the first listen, like I do. I enjoy this entry, giving the fact that it’s a nice bop amongst some of the funeral songs this year.

Daniel
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Daniel

I don’t. Schlabop euroqueens can have their wishes granted, but for me there are far better entries released so far, in a year as diverse as this one when cheap schlabop is largely ignored 😛

Aris
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Aris

Maybe we are too fun for you to handle:P

ikiu
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ikiu

I stopped the song after 50 seconds. how much fun is that?

Sangfreud
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Sangfreud

One for the wig snatchers. Noisy, exciting and hollow. This is music for posing, zero emotional content. When people say “cheap,” I think they mean interchangeable, not making a lasting impact.

This adds to the variety of styles this year, so right on. I agree with everyone who wants some of this in Eurovision, but go ahead and put this in the dictionary under fast food music.

Mr Häggkvist
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Most comments are about the bad aspects of the entry and how bad it is and i think that in this big sea of ballads, indie style pop and soulfull songs this is the type of song that can be staged greatly and be a top 10… she’s a ball of fire and sexiness and i’m quite happy to see some upbeat tunes in Lisbon… Go Girl!!!

Weißbrot
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Weißbrot

There’s no such thing like a ”sea of ballads” this year.

EscAddict
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EscAddict

Every year, idiots complain about ballads.

Hada
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Hada

I’ve seen more than one post out there calling Italy’s song “a ballad”. So I guess for many people non schalger = ballad.

Roxy
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Roxy

So true! Anything other than pop bangers is in danger of being labeled as a ballad here. We need a definition of ballad.

oli
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oli

I love me some diva singing a fast food song. But this song is just meh to me. which is the worst thing for this kind of music. whether is really tacky or a masterpiece. but the meh effect is the worst in eurovision. just don’t be forgettable, it’s the number one rule

Jayjay
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Jayjay

There are more upbeat songs than ballads this year. I guess for you the ESC should be a see if gay techno anthems. Please!

schuyler
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schuyler

MY NEW #1 OMG
it’s like someone made a good version of Safari from the Romanian selection

NickC
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NickC

I am not impressed- but I still place it above Greece, because at least Eleni is visually interesting. But otherwise it is pretty generic and I am curious how they will stage this without LEDs in Lisbon and as the rumours regarding her not being able to sing live: this could easily turn into a train wreck.
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TLOWe
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TLOWe

In 2015 I saw Foureira on stage in “80’s, the ?usical” with Ivi Adamou and Katy Garby. Her singing was on key and on point and her stage presence was formidable! Star power. No worries here about her performances, the rumours are baseless.

Hada
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Hada

Yes it’s fast food music without any artistic or musical merit at all, but nobody is expecting that stuff from Eleni. It’s gonna crash and burn if the autotune in the song is an indication, but we’ll have some fun in the meantime.

Maya G
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Maya G

Not bad, but also not great. Cyprus can do better than sending reheated Swedish noodles year after year.
Eleni will probably go to the final but I’m not sure how well she’ll do there.

oli
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oli

It’s like Rihanna meets Shakira meets any hit from the last 5 months. It’s ok but totally unoriginal. I’m not excited about this but she looks very good though

Daniel
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Daniel

Predictable at most. Ready to grant the wishes of suicidal schlabop euroqueens at this point, but watching how countries are putting more effort in staying away from “bop” (wtf with the stupid who invented that word?), this looks very cheap. Not Belarus-cheap (“Forever” is a disaster while this is at least enjoyable), but ordinary.
This would have rocked Eurovision in 2005, but not anymore.

Wheatley
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Wheatley

I’m not particularly fond of the song either, but this is far from dated. It has no place in 2005. It is more like any Little Mix Charting single from the last couple of years if anything.