Dolly Parton once said, “The higher the hair the closer to heaven.” And today Cyprus’ Eleni Foureira definitely took us to Paradise. Popping and locking, and frequently throwing her hair down and then into the air, she proved that sometimes the best prop at Eurovision is your own body.
The “Fuego” singer slipped into a stunning cat suit with illusion cutouts that glittered beneath the stage lights as they clung to each of Eleni’s curves. Her four backing dancers cut a similar figure, creating an army of fabulous that enticed and dazzled with every choreographed dip and turn. The moves, while very sensual and sultry, don’t stray into the vulgar. This is eye-catching, fiery and somehow beautiful — no fancy LED needed!
A song about fire should definitely have flames — and Eleni has them in spades. The final run-thru featured plenty of fire shooting into the air on the circular stage. Hip shake. Flame. Hair flip. Flame. Less impressive were the on-screen graphics, which are clearly still being rendered. At times fire was meant to shoot out from her. It did so at hip level, leading to all manner of jokes and bodily expulsions. Another graphic element sees purple-ish smoke clouding the screen on either side of Eleni’s silhouette. She whips it away with her hair.
It’s no longer a question of whether Cyprus will qualify for the final. It’s a question of whether they will win this semi — and how high they will climb in the grand final.
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Photo & Footage: EBU (Thomas Hanses)