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  • Writer's pictureKyriakos Tsinivits

Elena Tsagrinou releases ‘El Diablo’ her Eurovision 2021 song for Cyprus

Elena Tsagrinou, Cypriot broadcaster (CyBC/RIK) and her record label, Panik Records have released ‘El Diablo’, Elena’s Eurovision 2021 song, representing Cyprus.

The music video was initially available exclusively on the Panik Records website, as well as in the mobile application Panik Music on iOS and Android (preferred on mobile phone devices) from today until the evening of Saturday, February 27 (Cypriot time).

The modern and dynamic music video is directed by George Benioudakis. The fashion is by internationally renowned Greek designer Silia Kritharioti. The music video choreography was by the successful American choreographer Chali Jennings. The video premiered on RIK1 on the 'Happy Hour' show.

The music video is heavily influenced by Swedish singer and songwriter Zara Larsson's 'Love Me Land' which was released in July 2020.

'El Diablo' will be released in all digital music stores on Sunday, February 28. On the same day, the music video will premiere on the official Panik Records YouTube channel.

The Cypriot broadcaster (CyBC) announced that Elena Tsagkrinou will represent Cyprus at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 back in late November 2020.

Elena’s Eurovision entry is a song about falling in love with someone as bad as 'El Diablo’. The song is written by Jimmy “Joker” Thornfeldt, Laurell Barker, Oxa, and Thomas Stengaard.

You might already know some of these names from other Eurovision songs like 'She Got Me', 'Only Teardrops' and 'You Let Me Walk Alone'. The staging will be organised by artistic director Marvin Dietmann, who also is no stranger to the Eurovision Song Contest.

Elena is one of the most talented and glamorous singers of the Greek pop scene, who managed to stand out from the very first steps of her career. Born in Athens in 1994, at the age of 14 she took part in the talent show ‘Greece Got Talent’, reaching the semifinals. In 2013, she was selected by OtherView as the band's lead singer and with them she released many hits.

After five successful years with OtherView, Elena started her solo career releasing a single with the symbolic title ‘Pame Ap’ Tin Arhi’ (Let’s go from the start).

Throughout the years, she has performed on the biggest music shows in Greece and Cyprus, at a number of concerts and she has collaborated with many other famous Greek artists such as Konstantinos Argyros and MELISSES. She also has a successful career on television that began in 2014 with her participation, as a coach, on the TV music show ‘Just The 2 Of Us’, while during the 2016-2017 seasons, she co-presented with George Kapoutzidis ‘The Voice of Greece’. Since October 2020, she is presenting her own show, titled ‘K-POP Stars’, on MAD TV, the leading music channel in both Greece and Cyprus.

Cyprus debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest back in 1981 with the Island performing ‘Μόνικα’ finishing up in 6th place. Over the years Cyprus managed to reach fifth place three times firstly in 1982 with Anna Vissi’s ‘Μόνο η αγάπη’ and then again in 1997 with Hara & Andreas Constantinou ‘Μάνα μου’ and again in 2004 with Lisa Andreas’s power ballad ‘Stronger Every Minute’. It wouldn’t be until 2018 when Cyprus would get its best result yet when Eleni Foureira stormed Eurovision Song Contest with her runner up placed epic banger ‘Fuego’.


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