Cypriot superstar Eleni Foureira is riding a huge wave of success. Her banger “Fuego” delivered Cyprus its best-ever result at Eurovision and the only thing hotter than that fire is Eleni herself.
The Albanian-born stunner recently announced a collaboration was in the works with Doron Medalie, the man who wrote “Toy”, the only song that burned brighter than “Fuego” with the European public. Now she has released “Caramela” — the fruit of that collaboration — and we’re feeling the Latin flair.
“Caramela” — Eleni Foureira
“Caramela” has a distinctly Latin feel and has trademark Foureira written all over it. The song may have originally been released in Israel last year by Moshe but Eleni’s version has a unique feel. It may not be the pop banger that “Fuego” fans are looking for but the Iberian flavour is nothing new for Eleni. After all, she released “Fuego” in Spanish.
Eleni’s version of “Caramela” is a blend of Iberian heat, Greek substance and Hebrew flourishes, making this a truly international collaboration. This isn’t the pair’s first time working together either. Eleni recorded her own version of Medalie’s “Golden Boy” in 2015, which she performed at the Wiwi Jam in Lisbon.
Foureira and Medalie also worked together on her 2016 song “Come Tiki Tam”. The result was an ethnopop banger that was submitted as a possible Greek entry. Ultimately, Greece sent Argo with “Utopian Land” and failed to qualify for the grand final.
“Eleni Foureira and I are good friends and really enjoy working together. She really wanted to come to the Gay Pride parade in Tel Aviv but did not make it because of a tight schedule. Eleni is aware of the Israeli audience love, and I send her so many videos of people dancing to “Fuego”. Now that we (Israel) have won the Eurovision and the Cyprus threat is gone, I believe that an exciting reunion will soon be formed between Eleni and the Israeli audience.”
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