She’s been a popular presence on the Eurovision scene ever since she represented Portugal in 2014. But on Saturday 30 May, Suzy fell victim to an unamusing attempt to besmirch her congenial reputation.
The same day, news broke that Cyprus may not reselect its Eurovision 2020 singer Sandro in 2021. The story was widely shared online, including in the “Eurovision Song Contest – Fans Club” Facebook group. It was here that Suzy’s verified Facebook account left the following message beneath a post on the topic: “Sooo great news! He was soo bad”.
Soon enough, screenshots of the comment were circulating around social media with several websites and high profile social media accounts sharing it.
There was one big problem. The “Quero ser tua” singer was completely oblivious to the drama because she didn’t write the comment in the first place.
Suzy’s Facebook and Twitter account are hacked
When the comment eventually did come to Suzy’s attention, she was not impressed. The singer even reached out to wiwibloggs for assistance in identifying the source of the screenshots — for this was all she had seen.
It was only when we pointed her towards the original comment in the Facebook group that the Portuguese chanteuse realised that her social media accounts had been compromised.
Thankfully, Suzy was able to regain access to her Facebook and Twitter profiles without too much difficulty. And once they were back in her control, she posted the following message letting fans know that she had been hacked.
“My social media was hacked and I just found out 2 hours ago! I want everyone to know that I haven’t heard many of Eurovision 2020 entries, but I just heard Sandro’s song now (after finding and reading all the comments…and I LOVE IT! He, @sandromusic_official seems like a cool guy too. I would never make such a comment, it was an invasion of my privacy as well as image damaging as an artist. Therefore, I found out where it came from and I will find out who did.”
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My social media was hacked and I just found out 2 hours ago! I want everyone to know that I haven’t heard many of Eurovision 2020 entries, but I just heard Sandro’s song now (after finding and reading all the comments…and I LOVE IT! He, @sandromusic_official seems like a cool guy too. I would never make such a comment, it was an invasion of my privacy as well as image damaging as an artist. Therefore, I found out where it came from and I will find out who did it…#eurovision2020 #wiwibloggs #eurovisionsongcontest #eurovisionfans #eurovisionfollowers @wiwibloggs @eurovision @eurovisionnews @eurovisionsongcontestfans @eurovisionspaincom @eurovision_ogae_cyprus
For any doubters, Suzy has made it perfectly clear that she would never make such a declaration about a fellow singer, especially when she had not even heard his song at the time the original comment was made.
Suzy explained her upset to wiwibloggs.
“Throughout the years, I do not speak about my colleagues’ performances. If I do ever, it’s democratically. I never criticise or be sarcastic”.
She goes on to say that she had not heard most of the 2020 songs. And she most certainly had not been familiar with either Sandro or “Running”.
“Unfortunately, because I have been working in my other job, I didn’t see this year’s Eurovision entries”.
She had openly admitted this on many previous occasions. Both in an Instagram live session with her fans and to several websites which had asked for her opinions and rankings of this year’s songs.
On the backlash which arose after the hacker’s comment, Suzy said:
“I don’t know what to do. Because everyone knows how democratic I am when I give opinions or suggestions or my favourite entries. And I’m polite about the way I speak. I would never say that. I’m a 40-year-old woman. I’ve been in the music industry since I was five. I know how to behave. I would never talk bad about an entry I have never heard. And even if I had heard, I would never state that. It’s not my personality”.
Suzy admits that she’s worried that people will think that she’s making excuses.
The whole situation has left the singer perplexed. On the hacker’s motivations, she concedes that “I don’t know what’s the goal”.