Eleni Foureira has revealed why she turned down an offer from CyBC to represent Cyprus at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021.
Eleni Foureira has revealed to OPEN TV the reason why she declined to represent Cyprus at next years Eurovision Song Contest. Speaking on Just The 2 Of US she explained that she felt it had been too short a period of time since she competed in 2018 to return to the contest. She said that:
Thank you very much Cyprus. I love her very much, but it was too early to go to Eurovision again!
Elena Tsagrinou is set to represent Cyprus at Eurovision 2021 with the song “El Diablo”. “El Diablo” (The Devil) was written and produced by Jimmy “Joker” Thornfeldt, Laurell Barker, Oxa and Thomas Stengaard. The artistic director for the performance will be Marvin Dietmann. who was behind the staging for Conchita Wurst at Eurovision 2014.
Image Source: Andres Putting, EBU. Source: Eurovision Fun
Cyprus debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1981. Their best result was in 2018, with Eleni Foureira and performance of the song “Fuego” won second place with 436 points. Before then, their best results in the contest came in the form of three fifth place finishes. In 2004, Lisa Andreas performed “Stronger Every Minute” in Istanbul, Turkey. She finished 5th in the final scoring 170 points, which included 12 points from Greece. They also placed fifth in 1997 with Hara & Andreas Constantinou and their song “Mana mou”, and in 1982 with Anna Vissi’s “Mono i agapi.” Cyprus withdrew from the Eurovision Song Contest in 2014 due to financial difficulties but returned again in 2015.