The eleventh artist to feature in our Who Is Series for the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest is Elena Tsagrinou from Cyprus.
Elena Tsagrinou was born on 16th November 1994 in Athens, Greece. She has been influenced by music since she was young, attended a Music High School, and participated in Greece Got Talent at 14 years old. In 2013, she began her position of lead singer in the band OtherView, releasing multiple singles over the next five years. She left the band in 2018 to pursue her solo career, releasing her first solo single “Pame Ap’ Tin Arhi”, composed by Dimitris Kontopoulos. The singer has performed at the MADWalk – The Fashion Music Project and the MAD Video Music Awards on several occasions, with OtherView and as a soloist.
Alongside singing, Elena has had a successful career as a coach on Just The 2 Of Us, and as a presenter, co-hosting The Voice of Greece in 2016 and 2017.
In November 2020, it was revealed that Elena would represent Cyprus at the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest. Her competing song “El Diablo” was composed and produced by Jimmy Thornfeld, Laurell Barker, Oxa, and Thomas Stengaard. Her staging will be directed by Marvin Dietmann.
Listen to “El Diablo” here.
Elena will perform in the second half of the first semi-final on the 18th of May.
Image source: Dimitris Skoulos
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.