Cyprus: Elena Tsagrinou releases her song for Eurovision 2021 “El Diablo”

Cyprus: Elena Tsagrinou releases her song for Eurovision 2021 “El Diablo”

The Cypriot Eurovision 2021 hopeful, Elena Tsagrinou, has  released the song “El Diablo”, the entry she will be performing next May on Rotterdam Ahoy’s stage. 

Elena Tsagrinou’s ‘El Diablo’  was released this afternnoon during the show ‘Happy Hour’ on CyBC 1. After weeks of preparations on the Cypriot entry the result reflects all the hard work and the outstanding creative team behind the entry. 

‘El Diablo’– The creative team

If one of the things that make the Cypriot entry promising for a good placing that’s without doubt the creative team behind it! All names have have their own story fo success in the music industry and within the Eurovision scene. First name to mention is Thomas Stengaard, who was behind the winning ESC 2013 entry,Only teardrops  performed by Emmelie de Forest for Denmark and behind Michael Schulte‘s You let me walk alone which brought Germany in the top 5 at Eurovision 2018.

Next internationally acclaimed name is that of  Jimmy “Joker” Thornfeldt, who has written songs for international artists like Jennifer LopezEnrique Iglesias and Pitbull. The team joins also Laurell Barker, who made it to the Top 5 in Eurovision 2019 with Swiss act Luca Hanni and the song She got me . Last but not least the Brazilian-born singer, dancer and songwriter Oxa. In addtionMarvin Dietmann, who was also behind the staging of Conchita Wurst in ESC 2014 will be responsible for the song’s staging in Rotterdam. 

Its official music video is directed by Giorgos Mpenioudakis and features a contemporary and dynamic choreograpgy under the guidance of Chali Jennings and with Elena Tsagrinou joined by male dancers. The whole spectrum of the on-stage costumes and the overall styling is undertaken by the internationally acclaimed fashion designer Celia Kritharioti

El Diablo will be availiable  on Panik Record’s, and on Panik’s moblie application for iOS and Android devices and will be released on all digital platforms and on Panik Records’ Youtube channel next Sunday on February 282021


Cyprus debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1981 with the group Island, achieving an honorable 6th placing in Dublin. Aphrodite’s island has been represented by some of the biggest names in the Greek and Cypriot music industry: Anna Vissi (1982), Michalis Hatzigiannis (1998), Evridiki (1992,1994,2007), Ivi Adamou (2012), Despina Olympiou (2013), etc.

The country achieved its best Eurovision result this year when it placed 2nd with Eleni Foureira’s Fuego. The Greek famous star was selected internally to fly the Cypriot flag at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon. Eleni’s explosive performanc on  the Altice Arena stage blew away Europe which boosted the country to its highest position ever in the competiton.

This year internally selected Tamta, want to make a strong repeat of last year’s success with her song enttitled , Replay, and through her energetic performance at Expo Tel Aviv accomplished a 13th place for Cyprus, keeping the country on the left side of the final scoreboard.

Last year, CyBC internally selected Sandro Nicolas to fly the flag in Rotterdam with his entry Running, written by Alfie ArcuriSebastian RickardsOctavian Rasinariu and Sandro himself while the production was work of Teo DK. However Sandro never had the chance to perform in Rotterdama as the contest was cancelled due to the covid-19 pandemic.

News Source: Panik Records/ CyBC1

Image: El Diablo/Elena Tsagrinou

Angelo D.

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