One thing Cyrpus should have done was send a killer pop song to Vienna as they could have easily cleaned up in this year’s contest. Instead we’ll get a charming guitar driven ballad that’s a little reminiscent of Extreme’s 'More than Words'. Mirroring the issue facing the Swiss entry, the Cypriot’s chances will also suffer from the sheer volume of very similar entries that it will be compared against. Fortunately Karayiannis has drawn a late run in the Semi which often bodes well for advancement into the final. The highlight of this entry is a well-timed and unexpected acapella interlude three quarters of the way into the song.
4 Questions with John Karayiannis
What are three interesting aspects about your entry?
- The relaxed melody & chord structure. And the unusual middle section.
- The lyrics – I love a storyline where the ending is not what you think. I can relate to them so well.
- The simplicity. The surprise. A song anyone can sing with just a voice and guitar/piano.
What are three impressive facts about you?
Impressive? Umm... difficult for me to say but...
- I have ten pairs of glasses – in case I lose any (because I can’t see further than my nose!)
- The online game World of Warcraft has ten million subscribers. My team was 58th in the world. Impressive huh? (Only if you’re a gamer I guess!)
- To achieve this amazing feat I didn’t sleep for six days! Then no-one could wake me for a week.
Do you have a (lucky) routine before you go on stage?
Yes. I do my vocal warm up sequence that’s on my mobile and then check I have my lucky lighter in my pocket.
Why is the Eurovision Song Contest important for you?
For me personally, it’s the best song competition in the world, and always will be, and I’m so excited to be part of it this year. But it’s also important for me because of my country. Nothing would give me more pleasure than seeing Cyprus host the Eurovision Song Contest next year!
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