The night is long and Eleni Foureira needs you to hold her close and lay a kiss on her lips. Or so go the lyrics of her latest single “Caramela”. She released the toe-tapping, Greek-language track at the end of June, but has today followed-up with the English-language version. Her audience is vast and she’s ready to reach out to even more of you.
The Greek superstar worked on the collaboration with Doron Medalie, the man who wrote “Toy”, the only song that burned brighter than “Fuego” with the European public at Eurovision.
The Latin flair of the original remains in tact, but now her message comes through more clearly for a non-Greek-speaking audience. “I can be your Cinderella,” she says. “There’s nothing else I need tonight. It’s only you I got in sight…”
“Caramela” English version — 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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