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.
Reaction to Cyprus’ first rehearsal at Eurovision 2021
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Photos: EBU / THOMAS HANSES