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 dance-pop banger that was submitted as a possible Greek entry. Ultimately, Greece sent Argo with “Utopian Land” and failed to qualify for the grand final.

Speaking about his latest collaboration with Eleni, Medalie said:

“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.”

What do you think of “Caramela”? Do you want more of this international collaboration? Let us know in the comments below.

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Juan Cena
Juan Cena
2 years ago

“Caramela” reminds me a lot of early Miami Sound Machine. The sound is maybe a little *too* retro for me (which is saying a lot), but I think a remix or two could be interesting.

Queen Netta
Queen Netta
2 years ago
Reply to  Juan Cena

The original sounds much much better and well produced, listen to it

AngieP
AngieP
2 years ago

Congratulations to Eleni! Keep up the good work and slay girl!

Aris
Aris
2 years ago

Queen of Europe

NoGeoblocks
NoGeoblocks
2 years ago

Doron Madelie may not be the most pleasant person , but he sure knows how to write catchy music. Good luck Eleni! Good luck Doron 🙂

Eyal
Eyal
2 years ago

I’m happy for her!

KESC
KESC
2 years ago

Queen always slaying!! Btw, Aisel also released a new song, which is called “More Emotion”, and which, in my eyes, is better than X My Heart.

Anita
Anita
2 years ago

Netta about Eleni: “When she is on stage you are hypnotised” And she said other sweet things about her. This is a very interesting interview in my point of view https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9obO-2xoG0

Ver
Ver
2 years ago
Reply to  Anita

She’s so sweet omg

Anna
Anna
2 years ago
Reply to  Ver

That’s what I was thinking 🙂

Juan Cena
Juan Cena
2 years ago
Reply to  Anita

I keep hoping Israel does something like Azerbaijan did and invites former female Eurovision participants for an interval show with Netta and Dani International, ending with everyone joining in for “Diva”

Hey, a fella can dream, can’t he?

Idan Cohen
Idan Cohen
2 years ago

Moshe’s voice is EVERYTHING!!!

William Lee Adams
Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  Idan Cohen

Out of curiosity, how popular is he in Israel? And how big was his version of Caramela?

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
2 years ago

Personally, I’m not aware of how big his version was but I do know that he is one of the most successful singers here :3
He was also a judge on tge X Factor Israel (alongside queen Shiri Maymon <3 )

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
2 years ago
Reply to  Roy Moreno

The*

Idan Cohen
Idan Cohen
2 years ago
Reply to  Roy Moreno

Shiri is moving to the HaKokhav HaBa! I’m so happy! we will be able to maintain everything we’ve built in the last 4 years.

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
2 years ago
Reply to  Idan Cohen

How do you know that??
Finally she’s coming!
And yes William, that’s just Eleni being a queen xD

Idan Cohen
Idan Cohen
2 years ago
Reply to  Roy Moreno

What do you mean, it was all over the sites
https://celebs.walla.co.il/item/3169470

Idan Cohen
Idan Cohen
2 years ago

1) He’s a mega star in Israel. His style is soft-Mizrahi music, so even Israelis who don’t like Mizrahi music don’t dislike him.
2) The song was a radio hit and was played pretty much everywhere – clubs, weddings, restaurants..

William Lee Adams
Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  Idan Cohen

Thanks guys — v. interesting! Love that Eleni is able to work with a song written for a guy and make it her own.