The Wiwi Jury — our in-house team of music unprofessionals — is reviewing and rating the 40 competing songs in Eurovision 2022. Next we review Cyprus, who have chosen Andromache with “Ela”.
Did we come to a positive conclusion? Read on to find out!
Andromache – “Ela” (Cyprus Eurovision 2022)
Review: Andromache – “Ela”
Angus: If one of the lessons last year was that authenticity can pay off in spades, Cyprus has taken the lesson to heart, producing an entry that ticks all the right boxes. Blending the modern pop style that fans have loved with traditional Cypriot influences has given birth to an infectious number, at once enigmatic and totally alluring.
Deban: “Ela” is a mesmerising bilingual track that fuses traditional and modern music. It glides smoothly like fine silk packaged for the dance floor. Andromache is compelling, relatable and easy to love. When heard on low volume, “Ela” sets a subtle tone. When you amp it up, it’s gasolina! Andromache gets five stars for fulfilling Eurovision 2022’s brief. Unquestionably, her submission is the sound of beauty.
Renske: Andromache’s Eurovision song is significantly different than the past few Cypriot entries, which have largely relied on one successful format. “Ela” is more dreamy, more of a memory of “Oniro Mou” than “Fuego”. However, in its dreamy nature, it tends to feel a bit flat after three minutes of listening to the entry. “Ela” is a song that is nevertheless more suitable than others for streaming, which has started to become more and more decisive at the contest.
Luis: Cyprus has decided to explore the whole spectrum of female pop bangers and this year they’ve gone for the chiller side of it. “Ela” is breezy, summery and delicate despite the heavy percussion it has. Andromache’s fine vocals fit perfectly with the song’s mood, and the music video rounds off the package. It’s weird how the chorus has a basic reggaeton beat, which feels familiar, but its slower pace makes it feel relaxing. I call it “chamomile twerking”.
Oliver: Andromache’s style of ethereal Mediterranean pop is one that ruled the Eurovision world in the mid-noughties. “Ela” shares similarities with tracks by Kalomira, Helena Paparizou and Hadise, who all sopped up huge numbers from the televote in their heyday. The otherworldly verses and dancefloor-ready choruses of are a gorgeous blend of musical ambrosia that has long been missing from the song contest stage. The track slopes into repetitiveness in the final 60 seconds; regardless, this energy is spellbinding, and should surely see Cyprus safely through to another final.
Cyprus Eurovision 2022 ranking
In the Eurovision 2022 Wiwi Jury, we have 18 jurors but only have room for five reviews. The remaining scores are below:
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 3 and a high of 9.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 7.31/10
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