Cyprus Entry: Hovig - Gravity

Gravity - Hovig |

Definitely one of the better concept music videos of Eurovision 2017; Hovig brings a great visual that easily relates to the song he is singing. He represented Cyprus at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, and easily impressed with his song, music video, and performance; but, on the night of the Grand Final, he seemed to have been overshadowed due to the running order, especially comparing the points from the Semi-Final to that of the Grand Final. He placed 21st overall with 68 points, 32 came from the televote, and 36 from the jury vote. The stage performance integrated some of the dance moves featured in this music video, continuing with the theme. Watch Hovig perform his Eurovision 2017 song "Gravity" whilst a woman mirrors his movements and helps create this forceful gravitational music video.

Hovig, full name Hovig Demirjian, is mostly known for competing in the second series of The X Factor Greece in 2009, where he came seventh overall. This helped him launch his musical career, which saw him release a number of singles. He also took part in the Cyprus national selection for Eurovision 2010, titled Epilogi tis Kipriakis Simmetohis, with the song "Goodbye", where he came third. Zip forward a handful of years and he tries to represent Cyprus again, this time for the Eurovision Song Contest 2015, in the national selection show called Eurovision Song Project, with "Stone In A River", where he came fourth. For this year, he was chosen through internal selection. The song was written by Thomas G:son.

The music video really brings out the title of the song, relating to it literally. It's a great visual representation of Gravity itself whilst also crossing into the meaning of the song.

There's both a performance piece and a narrative-performance piece. Hovig stuns us, adding passion and power in his performance visual, which he totally brought to the staging of his song.

As for the choreography dance visual, I felt it was quite restricting and wasn't too complex, but even then they don't nail it exactly right. It seems quite messy if you look at it properly. On the other hand, it adds to the distortion more, it's technically great and amazing to watch.

Overall, the music video is well-thought-out, it works, and it looks great. It engages with the audience and it's fully relatable to the song. There are a few problems with it, as I have discussed, but this is still one of my favourites from this year.
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Cyprus Entry: Ivi Adamou - La La Love

Ivi Adamou is only 18 and was born in 1993 (the same year I was born), this shocked me, she looks like she's in he mid-twenties, so if she's just 18 and can sing like that, I'm in awe of her. She looks a lot like Anne Hathaway. I really hope she does well all across Europe, especially in the UK, I would love to hear more songs by her. She took part in The X Factor (Greece) and came 6th. She then entered the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan, where she came a disappointing 16th, she should've definitely placed higher. The UK didn't award any points to this song, although I did vote for her. After keeping an eye on the UK iTunes top 100 chart, it looked like this might chart on Sunday, but who knows, we'll have to wait and see.

The song was written by Alex Papaconstantinou (who has written a number of songs, including 3 songs for Eurovision), Björn Djupström, Alexandra Zakka and Viktor Svensson. Cyprus chose Ivi through internal selection, but she offered 3 songs and it was a mix of jury votes and public votes on which song would go through. It has already charted in a few places, and I hope Ivi Adamou appear on our screens more frequently, this song should've been a hit at Eurovision and a hit throughout Europe, and it is making it's mark. I just hope this isn't the last we see of Ivi Adamou.

I love this music video, this is clearly the best one from all the Eurovision acts, as far as I'm aware of, however there could be better ones that I haven't seen yet. It links in perfectly with the song, and it's both a narrative and performance piece, that you can't help but love. Everyone should be aware of the storyline, but in case you can't quite identify it or you have a memory loss, it's Snow White.

In Snow White, love is what prevails, and that is all she is waiting for, while she is asleep. And that is exactly what wakes her up, her Prince Charming comes along and kisses her. Again this is a bit of an adaption, as most Snow White stories are, hence the fact that there are two Snow White films that have recently been released.

I like how this one doesn't have dwarfs. But what are these people? Fairies? Angels? I'm not sure, but I think they are much better than Dwarfs hence the fact that Snow White is nice and kind, that is why she's dressed in white, along with the Fairies. Also I'm sure I've seen Prince Charming somewhere before, is he a well-known actor or something?

Overall this is a perfect music video, with quite a horrifying witch, that is very scary, but in a good-humour way. I like so much about this music video, and I haven't got a bad thing to say about it. The song is amazingly catchy too, and I'm sure it's going to be stuck in my head all day. So here's the worthy stars!