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!