Back in November, Elena Tsagrinou was the first non-returning artist to be confirmed for Eurovision 2021. And now she has a release date for her Eurovision song. Elena has announced that her entry “El Diablo” will be released on 25 February.
Elena Tsagrinou — who will represent Cyprus in Rotterdam — confirmed the news with posts on social media.
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The post is accompanied by a red-hued photo showing Elena in silhouette. She’s wearing a slinky long dress and holding a heart-shaped balloon.
Printed on the balloon is “Mama mamacita tell me what to do“. This could be a lyric from the song, with Elena calling on her mama for advice regarding her devilish romantic situation.
In her post, Elena has also revealed that she’s about to shoot the music video for “El Diablo”.
Cyprus has assembled their own team to support Elena with her Eurovision 2021 entry. “El Diablo” is written by the Swedish songwriter Jimmy “Joker” Thornfeldt, the Canadian songwriter — and Eurovision regular – Laurell Barker, Brazilian-born songwriter Oxa, and the Danish “Only Teardrops” songwriter Thomas Stengaard.
The “El Diablo” staging will be created by the Austrian artistic director Marvin Dietmann. In addition to staging Austria’s winning Eurovision entry in 2014 for Conchita Wurst, he was also behind their 2016 and 2018 entries – “Loin d’ici” by ZOË and “Nobody But You” by Cesár Sampson.
Elena Tsagrinou’s Eurovision journey
Elena got her start at the age of 14 when she competed on Greece’s Got Talent. Soon after that she joined the band OtherView and had a number of hit singles. Elena went solo in 2018 and soon established herself as a force to be reckoned with in the Greek pop scene.
But singing isn’t all she can do. Elena is also an experienced television host. From 2014 she was a coach on the TV music show Just the 2 of Us and in 2016 and 2017 she co-presented The Voice of Greece. Since October of 2020 she’s presented her own show K-POP Stars on MAD TV.
Eurovision isn’t a random gig for Elena: She’s a fan who understands the significance of what she’s about to undertake. Over the summer, Elena went public with her love of the contest, telling HELLO! Cyprus that she would love to go — but only if she had the right song.
“Eurovision is an institution and I’ve been following it for several years – it is amazing to see so many artists and so many different types of music in one big and spectacular celebration,” she said. “If the right song is found, it would be a great pleasure and honour for me to take part in the competition.”
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