jESC 2014: Cyprus – Sophia Patsalides – I pio omorfi mera
It’s the continuation of my opinion regarding the 16 competing entries from the 16 participating countries of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2014, which will be held in Marsa, Malta (officially, though, the host will be Malta as a whole. Marsa is only the location of the venue)
Today, it’s all about Cyprus (the third of four returning countries for this year’s jESC edition) and a dance-pop entry in greek and english titled “I pio omorfi mera” (translated as “The most beautiful day”), sung by Sophia Patsalides. The lyrics were written by Sophia herself with the help of Stavros Stavrou in the greek part and the composer of the song, Alexandros Panayi, in the english part (the latter is no stranger to the ESC circles. Besides multiple participations as a backing singer, he got to represent Cyprus as a solo singer back in 1995 with his self-penned dramatic ethnic entry “Sti fotia” (9th place) and as part of a duet formed with usual backing singer Christina Agyri named Voice, singing an equally dramatic ethnic entry also fully penned by Alex himself (with the help of Silvia Klemm on the lyrics), “Nomiza” (21st place). A more extensive biography of the participant can be seen on this link: http://www.junioreurovision.tv/page/participant-profile?song=32433
Now to the opinion of the song: A truly strong dance-pop entry with very well concieved arrangements and beautiful social-empowering lyrics, giving the people a chance to “be who you want to be” (some members have though noticed that the begining sounds a bit like a song from the Portuguese ESC NF 2014 (Catarina Pereira, “Mea culpa”, 2nd). Sophia is surely a great singer – but here’s the question: will she have a stand-out performance for this song (since she supposedly hasn’t sung the entry before a live audience yet + it’s said it’s just Sophia who’ll be on stage: no backing singers, no dancers, just herself and her voice)?
5 entries have been reviewed by now – Georgia is coming next. So watch out for it pretty soon…