The Cypriot Government has responded to the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church of Cyprus and its calls to replace “El Diablo”.
Following calls from the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church of Cyprus for the Government to intervene in the Cypriot entry for Eurovision 2021, the Government has now issued a statement. The statement says:
We respect any views of the Holy Synod or those who disagree with the title of the song, which will represent Cyprus at Eurovision this year. At the same time, however, the Government fully respects the intellectual and artistic freedom of creation, which can not be misinterpreted or restricted due to the title of a song and should not be given dimensions that are not needed.
CyBC has defended the selection of “El Diablo” as the nations entry for Eurovision 2021, with the Chairman stating that the broadcaster should have done a better job of explaining the message of the song.
A man was arrested over the weekend for threatening CyBC staff and property in relation to protests against the song. A group called “Cypriot Christians” also started a petition to have “El Diablo” withdrawn and has inundated the Cypriot broadcaster with telephone complaints. With some callers even threatening to burn down the Cypriot broadcasters building.
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.
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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.