Hold onto your sequined cowboy hats, because we’re about to dive into the sizzling world of Achille Lauro and his Eurovision spectacle, “Stripper.”

This isn’t your grandma’s Eurovision entry—no, this is the anthem that set the stage aflame in Turin and left us all with our jaws on the floor. With a wink and a nudge, we’ll unpack the layers of this audacious performance, from its head-turning lyrics to the staging that redefined ‘extra.’

So, grab your backstage pass and let’s get up close and personal with the performance that had everyone talking. By the end of this, you’ll be wondering if you’re reading an article or reliving the most thrilling three minutes of Eurovision 2022.

Ready to rock? Let’s crank it up!

This is the Eurovision Corgi review of “Stripper” by Achille Lauro for Eurovision 2022.

Who Is Achille Lauro?

Achille Lauro is a true chameleon of the Italian music scene, a vibrant and eclectic artist whose career has been marked by a daring approach to both music and performance.

With roots in the hip-hop world, Lauro has consistently pushed boundaries, evolving into a singer, songwriter, and rapper known for his genre-blending style. His artistic journey is a testament to his versatility, as he’s dabbled in everything from rap to rock to glam, never shying away from reinvention or controversy.

Lauro’s Eurovision 2022 entry, “Stripper,” showcased his ability to captivate and challenge audiences, bringing a punk-rock edge to the contest that’s as refreshing as it is bold. His performance at Eurovision was a spectacle of defiance and showmanship, a reminder that at the heart of the competition is the celebration of diversity and creativity.

As a representative for San Marino, a small republic with a big heart for music, Achille Lauro carried not just a song, but a statement. His selection for Eurovision speaks to San Marino’s desire to make a splash on the international stage, to stand out in a crowd of nations with a performer who embodies artistic fearlessness.

Lauro’s larger-than-life persona and his track record of platinum-selling hits in Italy such as “Rolls Royce”, “Me ne frego”, and “Bam Bam Twist” to name only a few) make him an ambassador of both the country’s cultural spirit and its bold aspirations.

Achille Lauro’s participation in Eurovision is a match made in music heaven, a convergence of an artist who lives to surprise and a contest that celebrates the unexpected.

San Marino knew what they were doing when they sent him to Turin; they sent a performer who doesn’t just sing a song but delivers a performance that leaves a lasting impression.

His participation may not have secured a win, but it undoubtedly left its mark on the Eurovision legacy, and that’s exactly the kind of thrilling energy that makes the contest so beloved around the world.

Song Analysis – “Stripper”

Diving into the lyrical world of Achille Lauro’s “Stripper,” we’re met with an audacious anthem that’s as provocative as it is poetic.

On the surface, the song may seem to revel in the gritty glamour of nightlife and the raw sensuality of a stripper’s allure. But to stop there would be to miss the depth of Lauro’s artistry.

“Stripper” is a narrative of liberation, a bold declaration of self-expression that defies societal judgment. It’s a song that dances on the edge of scandal, yet at its core, it champions the freedom to be unapologetically oneself.

Lauro’s lyrics weave a tale of duality, of embracing both the masculine and feminine within, and of finding power in vulnerability.

The song’s protagonist is both the observer and the observed, the lover and the beloved, caught in a dance of desire and detachment. Achille Lauro paints a scene where love is likened to a strip club—a place of both fantasy and facade, where hearts can be as frozen as the cash that flows freely.

Yet, amidst the neon glow and the pulsating beats, there’s a call for trust, a plea for authenticity in a world dressed in disguise.

Lauro’s “Stripper” is a feminist anthem in its own right, not because it glorifies the profession but because it embodies the fight against being boxed by societal expectations. It’s about the power of owning one’s story, one’s body, and one’s choices.

The song is a soundtrack for those who dare to live on their own terms, for the strippers of pretense who peel away the layers of conformity to reveal their true selves.

In the grand theatre of Eurovision, where music meets spectacle, “Stripper” stood as a testament to the transformative power of performance. It may not have been the conventional crowd-pleaser, but it was a fiery statement of artistic integrity.

Achille Lauro didn’t just bring a song to the stage; he brought an entire experience—a raw, unfiltered celebration of identity that challenged us to look beyond the surface and embrace the essence of who we are.

Overall Impression

Achille Lauro’s “Stripper” has been met with its fair share of criticism within the Eurovision fandom, but to me, it’s an unapologetic masterpiece of performance art. The song itself might not be the crown jewel in Lauro’s impressive musical repertoire, yet it’s a disservice to label it a flop.

The raw energy and audacity that Lauro brought to the Eurovision stage in Turin was nothing short of mesmerizing. His performance was a bold blend of shock, rock, and undeniable sex appeal, capturing the essence of what makes Eurovision so unique and enthralling.

The staging of “Stripper” was an extravaganza that seemed to take a ‘more is more’ approach, with Lauro opting for every possible effect to create an unforgettable show.

The mechanical bull he rode mid-performance was a stroke of genius, a moment of pure showmanship that will go down in Eurovision history. It’s a toss-up between the bull ride and “the kiss” for the most iconic moment of the act, both equally cheer-worthy and emblematic of the performance’s rollercoaster nature.

In the wake of Måneskin’s triumphant win in 2021, perhaps the Eurovision audience wasn’t quite ready for another Italian rock sensation. It might have been too soon for another artist of such a similar mold to capture the public’s heart.

However, for those three minutes on the Eurovision stage, it was as if we were transported to an Achille Lauro concert, and I was all in for the ride.

Lauro’s performance was a fleeting but brilliant spectacle that, for me, captured the very spirit of Eurovision’s celebration of diversity and artistry.

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Achille Lauro – “Stripper” – Lyrics (Italian)

È una stripper, sì
Questo amore è uno strip club, yeah
Il mio cuore è in un freezer, freezer
Sono a letto col killer, thriller
Like a virgin, virgin
Non è un film, London Calling, corri
Ah, I love Britney
È il diavolo in una Birkin

Ma che stupida voglia che ho
Quella stupida voglia
Metto la gonna più corta che ho
E vado fuori, ah
E vado fuori di me

I don’t know
All I need is love
All I need is love
All I need is love
All I need is love
Ma che stupida voglia che ho
Ma guarda che donna che sono
Nessuno mi può giudicare
Ti fidi di me?
Che stupido uomo

Cowboy, il mio cuore è il suo sex toy
Il mio bad boy
Madonna su Playboy
È una Barbie, ha seicento cavalli
Io il suo beagle, è il mio Personal Jesus

I don’t know
All I need is love
All I need is love
All I need is love
All I need is love
Ma che stupida voglia che ho
Ma guarda che donna che sono
Nessuno mi può giudicare
Ti fidi di me?
Che stupido uomo

Ma che stupida voglia
Ma che stupida voglia
Metto la gonna più corta che ho
E vado fuori
E vado fuori di me

Ma che stupida voglia che ho (all I need is love)
Madonna che donna che sono (all I need is love)
Nessuno mi può giudicare (аll I need is love)
Ti fidi di me?
Che ѕtupido uomo
I don’t know

Achille Lauro – “Stripper” – Lyrics (English)

She’s a stripper, yes
This love is a strip club, yeah
My heart is in a freezer, freezer
I’m in bed with the killer, thriller
Like a virgin, virgin
This is a movie, London Calling, call me
Ah, I love Britney
She’s the devil in a Birkin

What a foolish desire I have
That foolish desire
I wear the shortest skirt I have
And I go out, ah
And I go out of my mind

I don’t know
All I need is love
All I need is love
All I need is love
All I need is love
What a foolish desire I have
Look at the woman I am
No one can judge me
Do you trust me?
What a stupid man

Cowboy, my heart is his sex toy
My bad boy
Madonna on Playboy
She is a Barbie, she has 600 horsepower, ah, uh
Her beagle, is my Personal Jesus

I don’t know
All I need is love
All I need is love
All I need is love
All I need is love
What a foolish desire I have
Oh my goodness, what a woman I am
No one can judge me
Do you trust me?
What a stupid man

What a foolish desire
What a foolish desire
I wear the shortest skirt I have
And go out, ah
And I go out of my mind

What a foolish desire I have (all I need is love)
Oh my goodness, what a woman I am (all I need is love)
No one can judge me (all I need is love)
Do you trust me? (all I need is love)
What a stupid man
I don’t know

Final Thoughts – “Stripper”

And there we have it, folks—the final note on Achille Lauro’s “Stripper,” a performance that stripped back convention and left us with the raw rocking heart of Eurovision. Whether you were dazzled by the daring or left craving a little more melody, there’s no denying that Lauro’s act was one for the history books.

Now, it’s your turn to step into the spotlight. Drop us a line in the comments and let us know if “Stripper” had you spinning on a mechanical bull of excitement or if you’re still looking for your Eurovision ‘kiss’ of approval.

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