The Vine reviews ‘El Diablo’ for Cyprus

Song 11. Cyprus- El Diablo

This is easily one of the best pop songs this year, and one of the most memorable. Yes, it does sound a little bit like ‘Bad Romance’, but it’s still distinct and a brilliant song on its own legs. I love the use of the chorus to introduce us to the song, instantly grabbing me, before the drop into the contemporary verse. We do need to address the lyrics, however- the chorus lyrics are repetitive but work, but some of the lines in the verses are unforgivable. ‘All this spicy melts my icy’ versus ‘taco, tamale.’ Which is cringier? They’re both pretty bad, and could so easily have been changed to fit the song’s sensual tone- this just makes me snacky. Still, the pre-chorus is memorable for using the breath as an instrumental, which works very well for the song’s sensual mood, but again, the lyrics are just not fitting the mood. But moving on, the drop into the chorus is extremely powerful and the chorus itself is simply superb. It’s loud, powerful, sexy, memorable, and just plays again and again in my head all day. It’s one of the best choruses this year in my opinion. The bridge is jarring on the first listen, and is a little creepy, but I think this works- this isn’t a passionate love song, but a song about falling in love with someone who you know will hurt you. The twisted nature of the bridge hammers that home, and leads nicely into the final chorus. Those two breaths before- are they sounds of excitement? Fear? Both? I just wish the whole song followed this clever, ambiguous approach rather than list Mexican food. Still, that last chorus is sensational, and I love the outro with the whisper. It’s unique, daring, and leaves us all hanging as we wonder what El Diablo will do next. This song may have its problems, but it absolutely makes up for them in the instrumental and the chorus. Sultry, daring, mysterious- this pop song is a wild ride from start to finish, and I for one don’t want it to end. 

Prediction: This is definitely qualifying. Unless there is some absolute catastrophe with the staging, this is sailing through. Televotes will love Elena like Tamta and Eleni Foureira, and juries will back a current sounding pop song. If the staging is strong, this could place in the top 10. Easily. I’d say 6-10.

Photo credit: Panos Giannakopoulos

12. Azerbaijan- Mata Hari

13. Netherlands- Birth of a New Age

14. Switzerland- Tout L’univers

15. Moldova- Sugar

16. Iceland- 10 Years

17. Spain- Voy a Quedarme

18. Israel- Set Me Free

19. Czech Republic- Omaga

20. Belgium- The Wrong Place

21. Croatia- Tick-Tock

22. Norway- Fallen Angel

23. Denmark- Øve Os På Hinanden

24. Latvia- The Moon is Rising

25. Sweden- Voices

26. United Kingdom- Embers

27. Romania- Amnesia

28. Ireland- Maps

29. Serbia- Loco Loco

30. Poland- The Ride

31. Greece- Last Dance

32. Australia- Technicolour

33. Germany- I Don’t Feel Hate

34. Albania- Karma

35. Austria- Amen

36. Slovenia- Amen

37. Georgia- You

38. Estonia- The Lucky One

39. Portugal- Love is on my Side

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