Watching the first semi-final in Cyprus, many Eurovision Song Project fans were surprised to see Eva Diva get the axe and fail to reach the second semi. All the jurors praised her entry “Come And Fight For Freedom” at the first audition. Viewers agreed, commenting that she was easily the best act of the first show. Now she’s openly questioning what happened during Eurochallenge 1 and pointing the blame squarely on guest juror Christer Bjorkman.
Swedish Bjorkman was not fond of Miss Diva. He argued that her act was low-quality, mainly beacuse of her clothes. This caused the hashtag #EurovisionCy to take fire on Twitter.
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“I was really sad. To me, it was very important to sing this song at Eurovision. It emitted different messages,” Eva said after the show. “I was angry with Christer. He did not act objectively, he is not professional. This is a singing contest, not a fashion one! He did not even say a word about my entry, whereas all the other judges did.”
She also alleges that Christer has a very personal grudge against her team: “Christer set war to me and my producer, Henrik Bie, who comes from Sweden and had arguements with Christer at the past”.
Here’s the back story. Henrik Bie was the producer of Caracola’s entry “Smilling In Love” at Melodifestivalen 2008, which was elliminated during the Second Chance show. The following year he sued Bjorkman and SVT, with the accussation he pre-determined which entries would pass and which would not. Nothing came of the lawsuit, and Bjorkman and SVT were cleared of any wrongdoing.
Eva is now breathing fire. Here are some posts, attacking Christer, CyBC and the Eurovision Song Project. We have had to * the many expletives.
“Tell me please which other country does boot camp for the Eurovision Song Contest? Its all bull sh*t! they should choose 20 singers and let the public decide! I was called many BAD things on the show,Like FAKE and my clothes were critisized.. Christer Björkman – Mr Melodifestival U ARE AN A**HOLE AND YOU LOOK LIKE ONE TOO… DONT F*CK*NG TELL ME ABOUT MY CLOTHES LISTEN TO THE F*CK*NG SONG!!!!!!!!!!! DONT MATTER WHAT YOU WEAR DOES IT?IS THIS A FASHION COMPETITION?
I HAD TO PAY FOR THE CLOTHES I WAS WEARING-I HAD TO PAY A DANCE SCHOOL TO HELP ME WITH MY MOVES AND THEN WE GET CRITISIZED ON TOP FOR LOOKING GOOD-GO AND F*CK YOUR SELVES !!!!!!
THE ONLY FAKE PERSON HERE IS THE F*CK*NG TV NOT ME!
THIS IS NOT THE END -BEC I DONT LET ANYONE MAKE A FOOL OF ME!
Cyprus will never go forward and it shows…always and forever making the same f*ck*ng mistakes.you wanted to bring Christer Björkman bec it makes cyprus look good …HOW DARE RIK BRING HIM…. WHAT FOR??? HE MADE EVERYONE LOOK BAD EVERY ONE HE NEVER HAD ANYTHING NICE TO F*CK*NG SAY!!!!!!!!!!!! THIS IS WHY I DONT GO ON ANY COMPETITION IN CYPRUS BEC ITS A F*CKING MAFIA PLACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
ELENI IRAKLEOUS’ ELIMINATION WAS UNFAIR
That’s what many Eurofans said, as well as juror Alex Panayi: