SONG OF THE DAY (SUNDAY FUNDAY): Elena ft Glance – Mamma Mia (He’s Italiano)
When I first heard about this summery europop song buzzing overseas, I thought, please not an ABBA or Mayra Veronica cover. Luckily, it is neither, but an original song by Romanian pop singer Elena Gheorghe – best known for her Eurovision entry “The Balkan Girls” and the hit singles “Disco Romancing” and “Midnight Sun.” For Mamma Mia, she moves away from the traditional Romanian pop sound and incorporates an Italian flavor both in the music and blatantly stereotypical lyrics. Hey if Inna can morph into a Latin singer, why can’t Elena become Italian? All this is said in good fun as the song is light, airy, and so catchy that you can’t help but sing along. For club consumption, the Bodybangers have toughened up the beats while keeping the pop vibe intact. For some reason, this sounds like a song that you hear on cruise ships with a dance routine, à la “Macarena” or “Saturday Night.” I thought for sure I would find a clip on YouTube with the official choreography but the colorful and playful video works just as well.
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