The Wiwi Jury — our in-house team of music unprofessionals — is reviewing and rating the 39 competing songs in Eurovision 2021. Next we travel to Cyprus where Elena Tsagrinou sings “El Diablo”. Did we want a taste of her hot sauce? Read on the find out!
Elena Tsagrinou – “El Diablo”
“El Diablo” reviews
Natalie: This is probably gonna be a controversial take, but I think this song is much better than “Fuego”. It doesn’t have the bottomless charisma and energy of Miss Foureira, but it is a lot more modern, dark and sensual in production in a way that I love. It’s kinda repetitive and isn’t gonna win a Nobel Prize for its lyrics, but I feel like this has the same potential for staging that any high-quality club song at Eurovision has. With a very talented performer at the helm and a nice satanic undertone making for a very fierce performance, this will surely be a contender for the top five at least.
Josh: The song is instantly catchy and memorable, and Elena brings so much attitude to it. Most people can relate to having someone in their lives that they thought was amazing, but slowly they assert their influence and try to make you do things to try and take power and control over you. You then see who they truly are, and they can indeed turn into an “El Diablo” type. The song has great production, and a beat that just gets inside your head from the first moment, and makes you want to listen on repeat. The video is slick and shows Elena’s confidence as a performer and vision as an artist, and you can’t look away for even a moment. While detractors might point to the food references (sriracha/taco-tamale) as too silly, and the video elements too much of a copy of other artists to take the song seriously, that’s not enough for me to knock it down that far. While I won’t say this is equal to Eleni’s “Fuego”, “El Diablo” still has ALL the potential to bring a solid left-side result.
Kristín: “El Diablo” is one of the sleekest and best-produced songs of this year’s Eurovision. Elena Tsagrinou is a force to be reckoned with, immensely talented and beautiful. And of course there is that “Fuego” element that has been rather strong with Cyprus in the past three years. They did hit a major speorg note back then and are desperate to repeat the success from Lisbon by giving us another smoking hot Latin pop number. Therefore the song should flow effortlessly and give out the exact same vibe and mood as its predecessor. However, the magic that surrounded “Fuego” is unfortunately lost here. It’s the 3.0 version and by now, it’s getting a bit tired. Well written? Yes. Gorgeous songstress? Oh yes. Mandatory Latin element? Yes, yes, yes. Original? No, not even a little. Cyprus is definitely bringing a big contender for a top ten placing to the table, but I’m afraid this particular “Fuego” clone is leaving me rather indifferent.
Pablo: Cyprus has returned to their roots of female dance tracks! Let’s be real, while “El Diablo” might not be reinventing anything new, what it excels on is in the replay factor. This track lends itself to plenty of relistens without getting stale; between its addictive lines and creepy-but-edgy spectral children’s choir bridge, it really presents itself as greater than the actual sum of its parts. A good result is possible if that confidence is exploited to its maximum potential. P.S, I’m still trying and failing to get “Dripping the lashes on the floor” lyric out of my head. Stunning.
Take a little bit of “Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga and mix it with the music video of “Love Me Land” by Zara Larsson and voila… “El Diablo” happens. Even though I feel like I have heard this kind of song before I can’t deny the fact that I love this! Mainstream pop music at its best! I am sure that Cyprus will do something iconic on stage (at least that’s what I hope), something similar to “Fuego” with a sexy badass performance. If all goes well on stage and Elena’s voice is strong this will be a top ten qualifier for sure in the final.
Elena Tsagrinou – “El Diablo” rankings
In the Wiwi Jury we have 24 jurors but only have room for five reviews. The remaining scores are below:
We have removed the highest and lowest scores prior to calculating the average. This is to remove outliers and potential bias. We have removed a low of 4.5 and a high of 9.5.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 7.45/10
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