Cyprus Elena Tsagrinou First Rehearsal Eurovision 2021

Cyprus’ Elena Tsagrinou has taken to the Rotterdam Ahoy stage for her first rehearsal of Eurovision 2021. Did she set the arena alight? Let’s see…

Cyprus Elena Tsagrinou “El Diablo” — Eurovision 2021 first rehearsal

Oliver: A very professional first rehearsal from Cyprus. It’s nothing mind-blowing, but it feels familiar, and that could work to Elena’s advantage. She’s wearing a bejewelled fringe dance costume similar to the one from the music video, and she’s joined on stage by four dancers wearing red latex. A mirror behind Elena and her dancers helps fill every inch of the stage. The whole thing screams seduction. However, there are a couple of awkward moments that require perfection. At one point, Elena lays on the floor and twists into a one-handed crab pose, and it looks clunky. But overall, solid execution, even if the ideas are somewhat stale.

Padraig: I still don’t worship at the altar of “El Diablo”, but after today’s rehearsal I might just be on the path to conversion. It’s nothing that we haven’t seen before — I’m getting flashbacks to both Eleni Foureira and Tamta, and a lot of Luca Hanni vibes. But it’s very slick and stylish. Elena and her team keep the viewer engaged throughout, she starts off on the floor, before engaging in choreo that would stand up against some of the best Drag Race lip-syncers. The LED is a hellish crimson for the most part, that’s when it doesn’t have “El Diablo” scrawled across it in blood red. For the final act, this falls away to reveal the words as a standalone prop, with actual flames burning behind. And best of all, Elena remains completely at ease throughout. Even an issue with her mic didn’t stop her from slaying the demons.

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Maldric
Maldric
5 months ago

Cyprus´s entries are almost the same since 2018 :/

Mr X
Mr X
5 months ago

what a cheap copy of Tamta…..

Jake
Jake
5 months ago

I have always found this entire song a excellent copy of so many things we’ve seen before, but Elena proved she was a woman amongst a lot of girls trying to act older with their female bop stagings in this semi

Poppa
Poppa
5 months ago

Wish they had male dancers in red PVC (bulges and all).

They could have presented an interesting story of Elena vs the El Diablo. Kind of like Beat It by MJ.

Still though, amazing vocals, staging and song.

Liberio
Liberio
5 months ago
Reply to  Poppa

i am not sure if you would be more interested in the performance or the bulges 🙂

Poppa
Poppa
5 months ago
Reply to  Liberio

Both equally ?

Last edited 5 months ago by Poppa
Miss Uncongeniality
Miss Uncongeniality
5 months ago

Definitely Cyprus and Ukraine had the best rehearsals of the day… and I’m not a big a fan of Ukraine… and about Cyprus, even though the song is not the most original or inventive, Elena is real star, she knows how to deliver a great show, and has for example the charisma that others, like Efendi, lacks

Ted
Ted
5 months ago

I had marked this song down in my personal rankings because it is clearly a Lady Gaga copy. But that staging has elevated the song for me. The lucie jones esque LED mirror – Fabulous. See you in the final Cyprus.

Whisker
Whisker
5 months ago
Reply to  Ted

I was thinking about the Lucie Jones’ mirror too. UK 2017.

There was nothing original about the song anyways, they had to copy a staging element too.

Poppa
Poppa
5 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

Oh god. Get a life.

Ben
Ben
5 months ago
Reply to  Ted

I thought of it as more of a Shady Lady vibes with the mirror behind her

esc_fl
esc_fl
5 months ago

What did I just see?????

Badwoolfgirl
Badwoolfgirl
5 months ago

My bad, bad angel. You put the devil in me.

Henry
Henry
5 months ago

Come on everybody, this first rehearsal was already very good and she will improve the next rehearsals.. This will sail into the final and ends up in the Top 10!

Blanche
Blanche
5 months ago

I’m pretty surprised by her vocals actually, it exceeded my expectations. The song still sounds as ‘heavily inspired’ though.

Anywayzz, Cyprus probably will take it’s position at GF with ease and our bitching about the songs originality will continue for awhile.

Bob
Bob
5 months ago
Reply to  Blanche

lol @ bitching about originality, no offence intended. but when most of these former Eastern block countries entered the contest the idea of originality went out the window and instead we got weirdness and even more political voting, complete garbage can win the contest, good songs can even be eliminated (eg. Cyprus, Comme ci Comme ca , 2007)

Sabrina
Sabrina
5 months ago

Elena looks great and seems to confirm that she has the stage presence to sell a song like this. The staging mirrors (pun intended) what the song does, it’s something we’ve seen before many times, but presented in a very professional and commercial way.

Robert
Robert
5 months ago

Vocals – impecable
Staging – lackluster

Roodi
Roodi
5 months ago
Reply to  Robert

Vocals and staging were amazing the reaction was from the press was amazing for a reason.

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
5 months ago

Marvin Dietmann really killed the staging!

Nina
Nina
5 months ago

Haha so hilarious comments. SLAY QUEEN!

Alex
Alex
5 months ago

Like it or hate it, this looks and sounds like an easy qualifier. And I’m one of those thinking that the originality of the song is questionable, but come on, I’m not going to deny the quality of this performance. Elena is amazing.

Sonam
Sonam
5 months ago

Bitchiness won’t help any bitch’s favorites to overshadow or steal Cyprus place in the Grand Final. Just sayin’ 

Jo.
Jo.
5 months ago

I liked the mirror effect. Overall, pretty much what we expected from them…

Whisker
Whisker
5 months ago

I can’t with those lyrics. I can’t listen to this. And it’s not just the lyrics. Riding Lady Gaga’s coattails is overwhelmingly embarrassing. I don’t like the choreo either.

Marios
Marios
5 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

I cant i cant i cant!!!!!!!i cant even bother to reply to your comment!!!!

yeahyeahfire
yeahyeahfire
5 months ago

Sorry but i didn’t like this, it’ too generic and bland for me….Her vocals seemed a bit off too…The choreography was mediocre but i think they made the right decision to not make Elena dance a lot, the mirror was unexpected and was the only thing that made this performance interesting for me.

This is just a rehearsal and please respect my opinion, i just don’t like this song (it’s too generic for me, the same goes for Sweden too)

Last edited 5 months ago by yeahyeahfire
Roodi
Roodi
5 months ago
Reply to  yeahyeahfire

Her vocals were good

A R
A R
5 months ago

All is good, but without “wow effect”.

Matt
Matt
5 months ago

Generic performance, don’t like it.. A NQ for me..

Alex
Alex
5 months ago

I love her dress and the LED screens with EL DIABLO.

I don’t like the red jumpsuits of the dancers, and i believe they should have brought male dancers portraying the el diablo and not female dancers.

In general, this is a very polished performance, the song is catchy and Elena is pulling those vocals. Cyprus will do well and better than 2019.

Candy
Candy
5 months ago

Cyprus just secured the gf

Chris
Chris
5 months ago

This is my country and honestly I find all the comments about repetition pathetic. You know Cyprus is participating in this for 40 years during which we have sent ballads, pop, rock, traditional, dance etc. And guess what? Nobody appreciated them. So if now we found ground with pop divas so be it. What is wrong with that? Finland for example sends rock very often (and I am happy they do) I don’t see anyone complain. Anw best of luck to our girl may she rock the stage and score high!

London Boy
London Boy
5 months ago
Reply to  Chris

Completely agree with you. Sweden every year send same generic pops and even export their songs now to other countries and people find it hard to understand if a small country is making a big effort because they want to win it for once, always finding to nag about!! These forums are becoming way too toxic and boring. Cyprus was amazing for first rehearsal and will definitely be on top 10 if not top 5. Congrats to the team!!!

Ellen
Ellen
5 months ago
Reply to  Chris

Exactly. Some people aren’t commenting with bad intentions, but when they’re using that kind of critics ‘already done/used/seen before’ while we don’t see them complaining on other things exactly in the same case — as examples, Finland sending rock songs to ESC or Albania sending ballads and even Belgium competing once again with a melancholic and dark ballad — I can’t help but think there’s hypocrisy in their comments. Even if it’s not intentional from them.

Marios
Marios
5 months ago
Reply to  Ellen

Unfortunately it is intenional!!!!

Berco
Berco
5 months ago

Honestly, I was expecting a more uptempo dancing and glorious staging for this song, because it has potential for these elements. Nonetheless Elena’s vocals seem far better than those of Tamta’s, it’s a good sign.

Jamie
Jamie
5 months ago

Impressive staging, but the whole thing is very familiar… like Cyprus is sending clones.

Last edited 5 months ago by Jamie
Alex
Alex
5 months ago
Reply to  Jamie

it’s not familiar at all. take your pills.

Viggz
Viggz
5 months ago

I think Cyprus has the best staging so far of all in semi 1, well done!

Roman
5 months ago
Reply to  Viggz

Russia is 1st still, Cyprus is 2nd. Just my opinion

esc1234
esc1234
5 months ago

It’s the first time that Cyprus has a massive prop on stage and some pathetic creatures call it a replay copycat. In 2019, they called replay a copycat. Do better people, stop being toxic

Angelos
Angelos
5 months ago

Elena looks stunning and the staging solid. The biggest suprise for me is how stable those vocals sound!!
Btw I wonder how many years have to pass so a country can send a contemporary modern song without being accused of copying foureira, luca hani, tamta etc.

Wheatley
Wheatley
5 months ago

Love the little “The Exorcist” homage there. This will attract a lot of televote points on the night. The Grand Final night that is.

voix
voix
5 months ago

Cyprus is one of the countries that bring spice and spectacle in the contest but for the average fandom queen they are repeating themselves and deserve NQ. In the meantime, Sweden sends a generic pop song for the 8th time. Hmmmm

Kas
Kas
5 months ago

Smarty mirror, nice dress, static (?) choreograpgy, unstable vocals….flying microphone.
Borderline qualifier (with these vocals).

whoareyoupeople
whoareyoupeople
5 months ago
Reply to  Kas

Delusion.

Kas
Kas
5 months ago

To what ?

Colin
Colin
5 months ago
Reply to  Kas

These vocals were pretty good here, no? And the staging looks devilishly slick. 😉
Now, the *only* way that Cyprus miraculously manages to be a shocking NQ is for Croatia, Israel, and Azerbaijan all to outshine it. Stay tuned…

Kas
Kas
5 months ago
Reply to  Colin

She has faced a lot of problems with her vocals…and I’m not talking about these 30 secs. Never talked about NQ. With these vocals will be 8-10th. With improved ones in the middle. Always tuned…

Last edited 5 months ago by Kas
Roodi
Roodi
5 months ago
Reply to  Kas

Her vocals were very good for dancing and singing at the same time.

London Boy
London Boy
5 months ago
Reply to  Kas

Call your doctor.. you are not bored yet talking the same crap again and again?

Kas
Kas
5 months ago
Reply to  London Boy

U2 maybe ? Never talked before about mirrors, dresses or choreography….

ps-make a try not to be offensive in a personal level.

Last edited 5 months ago by Kas
Whoareyou?
Whoareyou?
5 months ago
Reply to  Kas

Literally everyone is talking about how her vocals sounded much better than expected, yet you found out that her vocals are unstable. Considering that you constantly make negative comments about specific countries, I would say you really need to stop being so bitter.

kas
kas
5 months ago
Reply to  Whoareyou?

Ok. I’ve exactly the opposite feeling and I really don’t care about the talk of the town (who is ”everyone” ?). Is this a problem ? Would be less bitter screams like ”YAS SLAY QUEEN…Nicosia 2021, 2022, 2023…she is the best and f the rest…omg she is so talented….she has a great message…she can walk on the water” ? Never told to anybody what to do or how to feel. I’ve my personal ears and eyes and opinion as you’ve your own. Try to respect different views and opinions and if you want to talk, talk with arguments. It’s impossible… Read more »

London Boy
London Boy
5 months ago
Reply to  Kas

When you will drop your Ka(s)ka mouth and negative obsession I will stop pointing it out to you how about that?

Alex
Alex
5 months ago
Reply to  Kas

Delusional, toxic troll. If the country was different, you would be praising.

kas
kas
5 months ago
Reply to  Alex

Ohh mille merci…

London Boy
London Boy
5 months ago
Reply to  kas

Change your pills dear clearly they don’t work!!!

kas
kas
5 months ago
Reply to  London Boy

mille merci too

Whoareyou?
Whoareyou?
5 months ago
Reply to  kas

You really do sound like a Greek/Cypriot trol that bashes the songs just to feel like he is cool and different. It’s sad.

kas
kas
5 months ago
Reply to  Whoareyou?

Actually it’s sad to see ‘talibans’ trashing different opinions with doctors, pills, curses etc. Really sad. And becomes worst when you try to make psychological profiles to people you don’t know (I don’t have any problem with you personaly, you’re kind enough). I don’t believe that you’re bad persons, bud take into consideration that fanatism makes people blind. ps-where exactly did I bash (sic) these songs ? My last comment for Gr was that her acoustic version was a very nice surprise. And my comment for Cyp was that she will qualify. Borderline with these vocals and in the middle with… Read more »

Stephanie
Stephanie
5 months ago

Nothing what we haven’t seen before of Cyprus!

Serena00
Serena00
5 months ago
Reply to  Stephanie

It looks better than Replay, but still pretty generic

voix
voix
5 months ago
Reply to  Stephanie

Name one staging that is identical with El diablo which you havent seen before. If you cant, you are just bitter

Stephanie
Stephanie
5 months ago
Reply to  voix

Someone has a hard time to accept criticism. Well, than you may explain to me the difference between 2018 and 2019! And besides when Sweden brings each year practical the same thing, there is a lot of criticism, and rightly so, but o dear if you say the same thing about Cyprus!

Last edited 5 months ago by Stephanie
voix
voix
5 months ago
Reply to  Stephanie

Where are you from Karen?

Stephanie
Stephanie
5 months ago
Reply to  voix

Karen??? And where are you from???

Pasadena
Pasadena
5 months ago
Reply to  Stephanie

Cyprus has competed in ESC 36 times. Before Fuego their best result was a 5th place. Who can blame them for trying again.

Marios
Marios
5 months ago
Reply to  Stephanie

Excellence that is!

Somebody
Somebody
5 months ago

I’m not sure if the first impression stirked me well about this staging. She delivers vocals, but looks static more like Tamta.

Jørgen
Jørgen
5 months ago
Reply to  Somebody

Yes but Tamta in the chorus could have done way more things because Replay’s chorus had a dance break similar to Fuego while Elena has to deliver vocals.

Alex
Alex
5 months ago
Reply to  Somebody

Completely different songs and stagings.

Josef
Josef
5 months ago

Her vocals are FIRE! I really like it, the dancers kinda remind me Maruv style.

sarah
sarah
5 months ago

Her live vocals are amazing. Love the staging

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
5 months ago

Say what you want about the song but there’s no denying that Cyprus know how to present this stuff.

London Boy
London Boy
5 months ago

The demos in the choreography must be these wiwi trolls bellow lol. If the choreography was different they would try to slag off the vocals. If the vocals was good they would talk about the dancers. And if that also fail they will say yes but the hair is the same like Tamta.. Can’t stand you seriously..!! Just enjoy the show after two years for gods sake

Ellen
Ellen
5 months ago
Reply to  London Boy

True.

Personally, I think that Elena is looking gorgeous and sickening. She definitely has great chances to qualify for the final

Last edited 5 months ago by Ellen
Sot
Sot
5 months ago
Reply to  London Boy

No hate to Elena, she’s amazing, it’s just the song that is a spinoff of Bad Romance, Fuego and Replay…

But I love it still! (my 17th)

Sot
Sot
5 months ago

Judging by the picture, the staging here is neither Fuego nor Replay…

IT’S BOTH

But that’s ok, because Elena can sing and Cyprus will be back in the top10

Sot
Sot
5 months ago
Reply to  Sot

Ok, I saw the snippet, this is top5 material (the performance, not the song)

Darren
5 months ago

Predictable staging.

Eventually Europe will get bored of Cyprus sending the same thing every year. I like “el Diablo” by the way, but I think next year Cyprus need to do something different. From they came back in 2015 until 2018, they wher giving us something different every year, but from 2019 onwards, it’s been a replay of 2018

voix
voix
5 months ago
Reply to  Darren

europe has more important things than not voting a country because they send pop songs. Its you who remembers useless staff, apparently

Darren
5 months ago
Reply to  voix

It’s not because they send pop songs.
Sweden gets hate for sending similar songs every year but Cyprus is doing the exact same.
The “Europe has more important things to worry about” remark makes zero sense. People will be watching and voting…duhh

Last edited 5 months ago by Darren
Whoareyou?
Whoareyou?
5 months ago
Reply to  Darren

I mean; people voted for She got me, one year after Fuego. If that’s not enough of an answer to you…

Darren
5 months ago
Reply to  Whoareyou?

Different country, different performance, different sex, different show altogether.
People also barely voted for Tamta in 2019 too, she almost didn’t make it, if that’s not enough of an answer to you.

Roodi
Roodi
5 months ago
Reply to  Darren

Tamta was a very bad live singer the staging looked messy.Elena is a very good live singer and the staging looks amazing.

eurovisionfun
eurovisionfun
5 months ago

El diablo lit replay(ed) Fuego(s) on the eurofans

Last edited 5 months ago by eurovisionfun
just an esc fan
just an esc fan
5 months ago

this has to stop in some point fr. can’t they get a risk and actually do smth different?

Nati
Nati
5 months ago

Exactly.

VladF
VladF
5 months ago

Sweden sends the same song since forever. I didn’t listen you complaining, honey.

just an esc fan
just an esc fan
5 months ago
Reply to  VladF

oh honey im sure u don’t know that sweden hasn’t ever been in my top20 since 2014..

also someone who thinks sweden is by far the most overrated country in the contest 😀

George
George
5 months ago

Yeah, we are tired. How many fuegos??

Doris
Doris
5 months ago

2020 was different from 2018 and 2019.

Leo
Leo
5 months ago
Reply to  Doris

Yeah but the song wasn’t even gonna qualify so they decided to return to their safe zone

whoareyoupeople
whoareyoupeople
5 months ago

Arent you tired to constantly do this same comment all the time?

George
George
5 months ago

Prediction: This could be a NON qualifier,her voice is bad and i am tired of Cyprus doing copy paste of Foureira’s act,move on guys,that was 2018, we are in 2021.

GUEST
GUEST
5 months ago

Cyprus pulling a replay on us every year.

Roodi
Roodi
5 months ago
Reply to  GUEST

well this type of songs always do well in ESC so there is nothing wrong with that.