The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to rank and review the 43 songs competing in Eurovision 2018. Next we head to Cyprus and listen to the Greek songstress Eleni Foureira and her song “Fuego” (Fire). Were we feeling her heat? Read on to find out!
Eleni Foureira – “Fuego”
Angus: If Lisbon burns down in a cataclysmic inferno in May, you can bet your Euros Eleni Foureira lit the match! Homegirl has hit it out of the park with her Mediterranean dance ditty “Fuego”. Cyprus may have been burned the last time they sent a woman to Eurovision, but the time before that Ivi Adamou stormed the scoreboard and (live vocal dependent) Eleni should light up the stage this time around too. This song sizzles and anyone who thinks otherwise should prepare to get burned.
Bernardo: She has the eyes of a lioness and she is ready to get me. This was the pop banger I needed for my treadmill workout every single day. I’m a bit conservative about how this will play live since we’re yet to see Miss Foureira being sassy with a microphone. The good thing about “Fuego” is that you can clearly identify it from being from that region of Europe. It’s mainstream yet it has a traditional touch I like.
Deban: A pop banger that sets your shoes on FIRE! “Fuego” is one of the few tracks that doesn’t need to be remixed for the dance-floor. It is club-ready, and the perfect launchpad for the fearless Eleni Foureira. Arresting, beautiful and unashamedly sexy, Eleni hooks you in and OWNS every frame. She sings, she dances and sashays whilst plugging bananas and collagen supplements. Others have arrived to compete. However, she is here to party and to make her mark —I love her!
Padraig: Much of the discussion around “Fuego” has focused on Eleni’s vocal ability — or potential lack of. Well, iconic finalists Eleftheria Eleftheriou, Ivi Adamou and Samra Rahimli all say hi. Because let’s face it, we’re not here for Eleni’s vocals. “Fuego” is an unashamed bop. And unlike other uptempo rivals such as Australia, it has no airs and graces about being anything more than it is. Great big dirty dance numbers sung by pop princesses are always welcome at Eurovision, especially in a year filled with dirges. And once Eleni doesn’t sound like a cat in heat, all should be fine.
Steinunn: I can understand why people would like this song, it‘s fun and sexy sung by a sultry singer and has most of the elements to make a good banger. But I‘m just so sick of this kind of song. Eleni sure is beautiful, but for some reason, I feel like she‘s just another one of the extremely good-looking ones that can hold a note but not much more than that and distract you from that fact with her sultriness. Hope she will prove me wrong in Lisbon when we get see her live, but for now “Fuego” is far away from lighting any fires within me.
Sebastian: Eleni brings out la pasión, la calor and la ‘feather boas’ in “Fuego”. Serving some Iveta Mukuchyan-inspired sex appeal, “Fuego” is the sultry pop banger that brings life to a ballad-skewed Eurovision. The song also plays to the visually-stunning Eleni’s strengths – substituting heavy and demanding vocals with an instrumental pre-chorus that oozes absolute class. While staging will make or break this in Lisbon, no doubt this will be the radio hit of the upcoming European summer. Let it burn bright, goddess!
In the Wiwi Jury we have 20 jurors but only have room for six reviews. The remaining 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 4.5 and a high of 10.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 7.61/10
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