The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — are nearing the end of our look back at the best of the 2010s. When it comes to the Eurovision Song Contest, there are often stand-out bangers in the field every single year — but it they don’t always become fiercely iconic. Enter Eleni Foureira from Cyprus, with her irresistible upbeat hit “Fuego”.
Eleni Foureira was announced as the Cypriot entry for Eurovision and the whole fandom was dying to hear her song. She was a huge star in Greece, and she was the ideal candidate for something as demanding as Eurovision. What nobody expected was a video packed with mansions, burning cars… and fruity product placement. What ensued was hysteria for one of the greatest upbeat numbers of the decade and fans dressed up as pineapples with inflatable bananas at pre-shows.
It whet the appetite for what was to come, and once the staging was revealed, it set the press room in Lisbon on fuego. Odds shot up, people were booking hotels in Nicosia… but it wasn’t to be. Eleni was the runner-up but we will never forget that hairography nor her catsuit. Is “Fuego” still setting the Wiwi Jury on (yeah yeah) fire a year later? Let’s see…
Eleni Foureira – “Fuego”
Robyn: It feels like there’s a parallel universe out there where “Fuego” won in 2018. It is such a strong performance, with Eleni, her girl posse and perfect hairography delivering all that needs to be delivered. The only criticism — and this is surely what the Eurovision juries also picked up on — Eleni’s vocals are sometimes the weak point in the performance. But nonetheless, the end product is a super slick, sexy and fun performance that is going to keep Euroclub bopping for years to come.
Oliver: I was obsessed with Eleni Foureira’s music a little bit before she was announced as the representative for Cyprus and knowing her back catalogue of songs, I could not wait for the epic, fiery dance-number to come. Lo and behold, I was not at all disappointed with what ultimately arrived. Granted, at the time I did not see this as a winner but I thought this had so much potential for explosive staging. There is not much to say about this song than what has already been said: it’s absolute pop perfection.
Barnabas: Let’s melt all the coating, take the frippery away and realise that “Fuego” is nothing but Cyprus bringing the classic “hot girl who can simultaneously dance and sing with a Mediterranean bop” recipe back from 2012 (hey Ivi!), giving it a Latin spin (remember, it was 2018!) which, pairing a beat that reminds people of “Despacito” with some erotic lyrics, was also a key in the spectacular result. As a conclusion, although I do admit that the live performance was one of the best this decade and that this is an ultimate party bop, this song is just not my thing and all I have left is my box of mixed feelings.
Florian: Eleni really put everything we could ever ask for in the song’s performance. Sure, it’s not the reinvention of pop music, but it does what it’s supposed to do. And performing on such a high level is far from easy. Moreover, the massive number of streams it picked up on Spotify, particularly in Spain, show her popularity beyond the Eurovision fandom. With “Fuego” Eleni successfully conquered the hearts of many Eurovision fans — that’s me included!
Julian: Before the live shows, I didn’t had “Fuego” on my mind and Israel was my clear winner. However, as Eleni performed her song for the first time, it screamed Eurovision realness. Dancing like that while singing is so hard! She definitely didn’t get every tone but with such a performance, she doesn’t have to. It is one of my favourite live performances ever!
Tom: This is close to Eurovision perfection. Close. I am not going to lie to you and say I thought this would win from the first listen, especially after seeing the music video adorned with a selection of fruit. Now, I love my mangos like anyone else but”Fuego” — which was already a quality pop song, only became my winner in 2018 after Eleni took to the stage. Oh. My. Word. Eleni Foureira is a pop goddess! Anyone who can move like that, sing like that and – most importantly — can do both at the same time flawlessly deserves to be in-front of millions. I was disappointed we didn’t go to Nicosia for 2019, but this is a very special performance which will be remembered forever in Eurovision folklore.
In the Wiwi Jury we have 24 jurors but only have room for six reviews. The remaining scores are below:
Angus: 7 /10
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 5 and a high of 10.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 9.09/10
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