EUROVISION 2016 - STOCKHOLM - SWEDEN

 

SECHUK JURY 2016 - COMMENTS & SCORES FOR: CYPRUS

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ALTER EGO

 

MINUS ONE

SECHUK JURY

Rating

 245.5/320 (76.7%)

 

INTERNATIONAL JURY

CYPRUS

INT

JURY TOTAL

122.5

 

Amar

I really enjoy the song, but I could see it getting lost among other entries. When you look at Minus One as a group and then hear the song, it almost doesn't make sense, but the song and staging do have potential!  

6

 

Benedek

This song is a sure qualifier.Cyprus is back in the game of good results.Cyprus is stating to be a good contender for a good spot now consistently. I think this song will end between top 10-15 and that's a very good result for this country.It is catchy, modern, rock so i think it will do well.

7.5

 

Christos

Very good effort, nice video clip, good looking boys and a contribution that will be discussed. I sincerely hope to defeat although Europe has limited the border over the Alps, a pity because the poor South is trying but Europe remains deaf ....Wkae Up Europe.... the fairytale is gonna be over soon!

9

 

Daria

Good Eurovision rock tune with familiar music lines, but itís typical for G:son. Last year I was missing such entries, so itís good that rock babies are back to Eurovision! I hope they will deliver a good staging like Georgia 2011 or Turkey 2010!

9.5

 

Douwe

In stark contrast to the very mellow 'OTISHD' from 2015, this years Cypriot entry 'Alter Ego', (co-written by Minus One and Thomas G:Son) has a hook that grabs you by the throat and is instantly memorable with driving, rhythmic drums and a soaring vocal. This is far from subtle but with an energetic staging in Stockholm  this edgy and powerful rock song could score a lot of points for Cyprus and deservedly so.

9.5

 

Elena

This song reminds of The Killers - Somebody told me. Nothing bad about that, it's a good song and I like the classic rock sound. Even though I like this, it doesn't catch my attention 100%. Depending on the live performance this can be a nice refreshing break. Cyprus will get at least one 12p ;)

8

 

Frederico

This is an ok rock-pop song with a strong Swedish-fication that I think weakens its rock credentials. However it works well but rather repetitive. 

5

 

Josť

I don't see ESC like the showcase for a rock band, I think Minus One will have to be very creative and will have to present a good show, if they don't want to be "another rock band" dressed in black, returnining with the hands empty with more pain than glory to their homeland. This is not my musical style, however the song is nice.

6.5

 

Mark L

Whilst this isnít the type of music I would normally choose to listen to, I can see the attraction of this song. Will definitely make the final and probably finish mid table

6

 

Melissa

This is amazing! One of the best rock songs I've heard entered into the contest. I can't fault this at all!

9

 

Octavio

I didn't expect something so good.  The song is really powerful, the chorus is memorable and it gives space for a very strong performance on stage.

6

 

Paul C

A good quality rock song for Cyprus this year. It's sounds good, I am just wondering how will it sound on stage. Not a winner for me but still a good entry.

7

 

Pia

This is best so far ! Something modern but still melodical ! Good singer , good voice a s o do I have to say more

9.5

 

Roberto

Incredibly catchy tune, an uplifting anthemic pop-rock entry, powerful and compelling. It's hard to get this out of your mind. I really hope now in a very good and effective stage performance, so we can welcome Cyprus , deservedly, into the Grand Final, with a real chance to get a high placement. Good luck. 

9

 

Roy

I do like the name of the group MINUS ONE, reminded me of the Cyprus boyband ONE which was great. MINUS ONE however did not look like the kind of music I would like, wild rock, but then with Thomas Gson writing the song, it really is quite good. It is not a top song for me, being a schlager fan but I can live with this and can see them doing well, at least make the final easily. At least 500 times better than Georgia .

7

 

Samantha

It doesn't exactly break new ground, but it's memorable, has a great hook, and the performers are engaging. Always nice to see a bit more of a rock edge in the Contest!

8

 

UNITED KINGDOM JURY

CYPRUS

UK

JURY TOTAL

123

 

Andrew C

Cyprus certainly can't be accused of sticking to a formula. As different as it can be to last year's entry as is possible and a great rock song. Hope this does really well for them.

8

 

Andrew G

this is really good, I like this and it should do well,this is a quality pop song,

10

 

Daniel

This is fantastic! This song could do very, very well for Cyprus . I really want to hear and see it live. 

9

 

Danny

This sounds like almost every single one of those rock entries that turn up in Melodifestivalen every. Itís catchy with a strong chorus (you can tell itís a G:son song) but Iíve heard this kind of song countless times before and it doesnít excite me at all. Still it is different from anything else in the line-up so far, which can only be a good thing. 

5

 

David B

On paper, this shouldn't work. It feels like an old Melodifestival reject handed to a faux rock group . . . who manage to make a decent fist of it! Maybe not a winner but this has to be Cyprus ' finest hour for many a year.

7

 

David E

My inner schlager-rock God is loving this loads! The chorus sounds like The Killers, and thatís a good thing in my book. Sir Thomas of G:Son always delivers such a quality product. General excellence.

9

 

Dean

Schlager rock with echoes of Cutting Crew's I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight, and Magnus Carlsson's Mot mig I Gamla stan. This is great. I can see it going big, big, big. Well done Cyprus !

9

 

Eddie

Totally surprised by this. Was expecting something darker but then I saw Gson was involved. Great sound - hope it has a massive stage production. Could do very well for them. Really radio friendly.Reminds me a bit of Manga from 2010.

8

 

Gary  

This sounds like something from Melodifestival in the 2000s and a touch too Swedish sounding for my liking.  Itís too polished to be a real rock song and the fan hype is just bemusing to me (when do they/we ever rave about a rock song at Eurovision?!). I do not want a Eurovision that is full of ďSwedishĒ songs, thank you. They sound like they can belt out a number though, so good luck to them.

6

 

Joe

A delicious pop melody disguised as rock. This reminds me of the Killers, and I'm sure this will woo a fair number of voters. This could well be one to watch.

7

 

Mark M

Promises more that it delivers for me. albeit it's a more than competent rock/boyband type song.  Catchy enough for not going to be troubling the top of the leaderboard.

4.5

 

Martin

Vying for the "Eurovision rock song" title with Belarus , 'Alter Ego' hooks you in with its strong drum and guitar rhythms, along with the pop song structure. What lets this down are the vocals, seemingly lightweight for this type of entry.  I suspect, however, that this will be a stage-show spectacular!

7.5

 

Matt

This is more like it!  Ok, it might have had some Swedish help but, that aside, this is far and away the best to date.  Build, mood and a great tune which keeps my interest to the end.  Let the sunshine island rock!  Excellent.

10

 

Nico

Congratulations to Cyprus for trying something different. This is a great rock song that should stand out from the fluffy pop and ballads. Love the howling! If this were Turkey it would be guaranteed top 3, but it's being staged by the MF team so who knows; hopes of a top 10 position maybe....

9

 

Sally-Ann

Hurray - a proper song!  This was written by the Eurovision dream team but there is nothing cliched about it.  A rocking good number sung by a proper band and I look forward to its live performance.  One of the most credible entries in this year's contest. 

7

 

TristŠn

Normally this is not my kind of music at all, but this is not too bad. It has a real good catchy beat to it and is a definite qualifier. But I can't listen to it without getting the chorus of The Killers' song that goes "Somebody told me, you had a girlfriend, looks like a boyfriend" bit. Same key and all. So have to mark it down for that.

7