Ela (Andromache song)

2022 song by Andromache

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"Ela"
The official cover for "Ela"
Single by Andromache
LanguageEnglish, Greek
Released9 March 2022
GenreEthnic-pop
LabelPanik Records
Songwriter(s)
Eurovision Song Contest 2022 entry
Country
Artist(s)
Entry chronology
◄ "El Diablo" (2021)

"Ela" (Greek: Έλα; transl. "Come [on]") is a 2022 single by German-Greek singer Andromache. The song is scheduled to represent Cyprus in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin, Italy after being internally selected by CyBC, the Cypriot national broadcaster for the Eurovision Song Contest.[1]

Background and composition

"Ela" was composed by a mix of Greek, Albanian, Dutch, Swedish, and Spanish songwriters, namely Alex P, Arash, Eyelar Mirzazadeh, Fatjon Miftaraj, Filloreta Raci, Geraldo Sandell, Giorgos Papadopoulos, Robert Uhlmann, Viktor Svensson and Yll Limani.[2] Critical commentary noted "Ela" as an ethnic-pop song with a "modern European" production incorporating a "Balkan" instrumentation, which includes the Greek bouzouki and Albanian fyell brezi.[3]

Release

The song was first released on CyBC on Cypriot TV program Ola ston Aera on 9 March 2022. The music video for the song was released on 10 March 2022, while it was released on digital platforms on 11 March 2022.[2]

Eurovision Song Contest

Selection

In September 2021, CEO of Panik Records George Arsenakos claimed that the label had signed an agreement with CyBC to establish a national final in order to select the Cypriot entrant for 2023.[4] In January 2022, it was announced an agreement between the two parties is already in place for the 2022 selection and that the performance of the chosen act will be staged by Marvin Dietmann and Dan Shipton, both having previous experience at Eurovision.[5]

Andromachi Dimitropoulou, former contestant of The Voice of Greece, was rumoured to be the selected representative for Cyprus. The Cypriot radio programme Good Morning Show reported that the name of their national representative ended with -machi, and in addition to this, Dimitropoulou is signed with Panik Records.[6] Dimitropoulou was officially announced as the Cypriot entrant with the song "Ela" on 9 March 2022 during the RIK 1 programme Ola ston Aera.[7][8][9][10][11]

At Eurovision

According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the "Big Five" (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) split up the competing countries into six different pots based on voting patterns from previous contests, with countries with favourable voting histories put into the same pot. On 25 January 2022, an allocation draw was held which placed each country into one of the two semi-finals, as well as which half of the show they would perform in. Cyprus has been placed into the second semi-final, to be held on 12 May 2022, and has been scheduled to perform in the first half of the show, 9th out of the 18 countries performing.[12][13]

References

  1. ^ Santos, Pedro (9 March 2022). "Cyprus: Andromache to Eurovision 2022 with "Ela"". Eurovisionworld. Retrieved 9 March 2022.
  2. ^ a b Adams, Williams Lee (9 March 2022). "Cyprus: Andromache will sing 'Ela' at Eurovision 2022". Wiwibloggs. Archived from the original on 9 March 2022. Retrieved 9 March 2022.
  3. ^ "Andromache teams up with an international team for 'Ela'". Illyrian Pirates. 27 March 2022. Archived from the original on 27 March 2022. Retrieved 27 March 2022.
  4. ^ Argyriou, Giannis (24 September 2021). "Cyprus: Through a talent show the representative at Eurovision 2023!". Eurovision Fun. Archived from the original on 24 September 2021. Retrieved 24 September 2021.
  5. ^ Granger, Anthony (31 January 2022). "Cyprus: Marvin Dietmann & Dan Shipton to Stage Eurovision 2022 Performance". Eurovoix. Archived from the original on 31 January 2022. Retrieved 1 February 2022.
  6. ^ López, Víctor (7 February 2022). "Cyprus: Andromachi To Represent the Nation at Eurovision?". Eurovoix. Retrieved 8 February 2022.
  7. ^ Eurovision Song Contest [@eurovision] (7 March 2022). "It's the final week of national selections for #Eurovision 2022 already? 😱 Here's all the releases we know…so far 😉". Retrieved 7 March 2022 – via Instagram.
  8. ^ Argyriou, Giannis (4 March 2022). "Cyprus: The announcement of the song on March 9!". Eurovision Fun. Retrieved 5 March 2022.
  9. ^ "Eurovision 2022: Ο κύβος ερρίφθη, με Ανδρομάχη στο Τορίνο η Κύπρος". Fosonline (in Greek). 7 March 2022. Retrieved 7 March 2022.
  10. ^ "Eurovision Κύπρος: Η Ανδρομάχη μας λέει «ELA!» και ταξιδεύει για Τορίνο τον Μάιο". Lifenewscy (in Greek). 9 February 2022. Retrieved 9 February 2022.
  11. ^ Christou, Costa (9 March 2022). "Andromache to represent Cyprus at Eurovision 2022 with "Ela"". ESCXtra. Retrieved 9 March 2022.
  12. ^ "Eurovision 2022: Which Semi-Final is your country performing in?". Eurovision.tv. EBU. 25 January 2022. Retrieved 25 January 2022.
  13. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest 2022 Second Semi-Final". Eurovision.tv. EBU. 25 January 2022. Archived from the original on 29 March 2022. Retrieved 16 April 2022.
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