Elena Tsagrinou will represent Cyprus at Eurovision 2021 with her song “El Diablo”.
CyBC announced Elena as its representative for Rotterdam last November. However, fans had to wait until the end of February to hear the entry, which received its worldwide premiere on a local afternoon chat show.
And now we’ve compiled 10 facts about Elena Tsagrinou. Let’s do this!
Cyprus at Eurovision 2021: Facts about Elena Tsagrinou
1. She’s Greek
Born in Athens on 16 November 1994, the 26-year-old is an established singer. She was involved in music since childhood and even attended a music high school. Aged just 14, Elena became a semi-finalist in Ellada Eheis Talento (Greece’s Got Talent).
2. She was the voice of OtherView
In the summer of 2013, she successfully beat 200 people to join the dance-pop group OtherView. Founding members Vassilis Koumentakos and Dimitris Isaris had organised the auditions to replace their previous lead singer Crystallia. And thus Elena became their new front woman. In 2014, they released their first track together entitled “What You Want”. A few months later, they released “O giros tou kosmou” (Around the World). Several more hit singles followed. In an interview with wiwibloggs, Elena revealed that she’s still in touch with the boys and they’ve wished her luck for Eurovision.
3. She was a professional singer on Just The 2 Of Us
In 2014, while still with OtherView, Tsagrinou participated as a professional on the music show Just The 2 Of Us — the Greek version of the British talent show Just the Two of Us. The programme involved non-singing celebrities teaming up with professional singers to sing a duet. One pair was eliminated at the end of each episode. Elena was paired with Actor Ivan Svitailo. They just missed out on a podium position, finishing in fourth place.
4. She went solo in 2018
In 2018, Tsagrinou announced her departure from OtherView. After five years with the band, she wanted to focus on her solo career. She signed with Panik Records — the same label behind beloved Eurovision acts like Demy, Eleni Foureira, and Anna Vissi — and released her first solo track “Pame Ap’ Tin Arhi”. There was also an English version called “Summer Romance”. The lyrics were written by Nikos Moraitis and the music by Eurovision maestro Dimitris Kontopoulos. The Greek version of the song has over 1.7 million views on YouTube.
5. She’s worked with music industry heavyweights
Elena has collaborated with some of the biggest names in the Greek music industry, including Konstantinos Argiros and the band MELISSES. In 2019, she released the single “Pare Me Agalia” (Give Me A Hug) with the hip-hop artist Mike. He’s also her other half, and she’s shared many loved-up shots of them both on Instagram. Elena continues to work with the best at Eurovision. Her songwriting team includes Thomas Stengaard (“Only Teardrops” – Eurovision 2013 winner), Jimmy “Joker” Thornfeldt (Jennifer Lopez, Enrique Iglesias, Pitbull), Laurell Barker (“She Got Me” — Eurovision 2019) and Oxa.
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6. She does her bit for charity
Elena is also a very charitable person. In December 2018, she featured alongside a host of Greek stars on “Ela tin protochronia”. The collective, which also included Elias Vrettos, Giorgos Kartelias, Elina Papila, Bo, REC and OGE, was known as Sok FM & Friends, after the radio station which organised the campaign. The song’s aim was to raise funds for Ark of the World. This is a voluntary, non-profit organization for special care and protection of mothers and children.
7. She’s a TV presenter
Elena isn’t just a voice on record. She’s also a regular face on TV. She was the backstage presenter for The Voice of Greece during the 2016-2017 season. She also appears on MAD TV’s K-POP Stars, which explores one of her favourite genres of music. MAD TV is the leading music TV station in both Greece and Cyprus.
8. She’s a Smurf
Elena is triple threat. Not only can she sing and present but she is also a voice actress in films. Elena’s vocals can be heard on the Greek dubs of several popular animated movies. She plays Jenny on 2013’s Free Birds. Jenny is a wild turkey, originally voiced by American comedian Amy Poehler. In 2017, Elena took on the role of Smurflily in Smurfs: The Lost Village — Modern Family’s Ariel Winter voiced the character in the Hollywood version.
9. She loves Eurovision
Eurovision isn’t just a random gig for Elena. She’s a huge fan of the contest and understands the significance of what she’s about to take on. Over the summer, Elena went public with her love of Eurovision, 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.” She tells wiwibloggs that three of her favourite 2021 acts are Bulgaria’s Victoria, Malta’s Destiny and Australia’s Montaigne.
10. She has a dog named Poo
A deep dive into Elena’s Instagram shows that she’s very much a dog person. She even reveals to Eurovision.tv that she has a dog named Poo. Thankfully, there’s a perfectly innocent explanation behind her canine’s name — its a poodle! Several other puppers grace her timeline, but it’s unclear whether all of them belong to her.
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