Eurovision 2018 Review: Cyprus – Eleni Foureira – Fuego

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Eleni Foureira brings summery, swinging pop to Eurovision stage
It is time for Cyprus to step up their game this year in the Eurovision Song Contest. The country’s last top 5 (and top 10) finish dates from 2004 when Lisa Andreas reached the 5th position with her ballad ‘Stronger Every Minute’. For the past three years their entries managed to qualify for the final, but didn’t even reach top 20 on Saturday night. Broadcaster CyBC opted for an internal selection and chose Greek pop star Eleni Foureira with the song ‘Fuego’. Is she going to bring Cyprus some desperately needed Eurovision success?

Foureira attempted to represent Greece at Eurovision a few times, but now ended up representing Cyprus with a song written and produced by Alex P. Alex has written for Eurovision legends Helena Paparizou and Anna Vissi before and did some songs with Polish pop star Margaret. ‘Fuego’ is sonically similar to Margaret’s ‘Cool Me Down’. It swings, brings the summer vibes out with a tropical touch and is catchy as hell. ‘Fuego’ is right on the money with what radio is playing these days and does definitely sound like a potential hit after the contest. The instrumental breakdown has some local instruments added in to make it into a proper Eurovision smash. Moldova finished in top 3 last year with a contemporary pop song like this, so all Eleni Foureira needs now is a memorable and infectious stage show. She does have the star quality to sell this tune well enough to at least top Cyprus’s results of the past three years. Is it original? No. Have we heard this type of track before? Yes. Is it fun nonetheless? Absolutely. What would Eurovision be without these infectious little bops!?



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