The Cypriot broadcaster is defending “El Diablo” after calls from a Christian group for the song to be withdrawn from Eurovision.
CyBC the public broadcaster of Cyprus is having to defend their entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2021, after a religious group has called for the song to be withdrawn from the competition. A group called “Cypriot Christians” has started a petition to have “El Diablo” withdrawn and has inundated the Cypriot broadcaster with telephone complaints this morning.
Police are investigating the calls following some members of the public threatening to burn down the Cypriot broadcasters building. The police are now carrying out patrols around the building to prevent any incidents from occurring.
The broadcaster has released a statement defending Elena’s song and explaining the message of the song:
It is the eternal struggle between evil and good. Through this troubled relationship with Stockholm syndromes and despite the paranoia he experiences, in the end the truth always shines, where she seeks help to get out and shake the bonds on a path to freedom.
Especially nowadays, we hope that the song and its correct interpretation will be an inspiration not only for women but for anyone who experiences similar situations.
Who is Elena Tsagrinou?
Elena Tsagrinou was born in Athens in 1994. Throughout the years, she has performed on the biggest music shows in Greece and Cyprus at a considerable number of concerts. She has collaborated with many other famous Greek artists such as Konstantinos Argyros and MELISSES.
Elena Tsagrinou was the very first act that was not planned to participate at the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest being confirmed, on November 25.
Image Source: Dimitris Skoulos | Source: Alpha Media
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.