Cyprus will have a new representative at Eurovision 2021.
It has been confirmed that Elena Tsagrinou will represent Cyprus at the Eurovision Song Contest next May, with her song El Diablo!
The 26-year-old from Athens has been in the music industry since she was 14, when she reached the semi-finals of Greece Has Talent.
After five years with the band OtherView, Elena went solo in 2018 and has presented shows like The Voice Of Greece.
El Diablo! has yet to be revealed but it already has great Eurovision pedigree, as it was composed by Jimmy Thornfeld, Laurell Barker, Oxa, and Thomas Stengaard – Stengaard being behind the 2013 Eurovision winner Only Teardrops by Emmelie De Forest, and Barker penning You Got Me by Luca Hanni, which came fourth in 2019.
Elena takes over from Sandro, who represented Cyprus in the cancelled 2020 contest with his song Running.
Cyprus has never won Eurovision but came close in 2018, when Elena Foureira’s bop Fuego came second to Netta’s Toy.
So far, Cyprus is the only country to officially announce a new artist for 2021.
Montaigne (Australia), Vincent Bueno (Austria), Efendi (Azerbaijan), Hooverphonic (Belgium), Victoria (Bulgaria), Benny Cristo (Czech Republic), Tornike Kipiani (Georgia), Stefania (Greece), Daði og Gagnamagnið (Iceland), Eden Alane (Israel), Samanta Tina (Latvia), Destiny (Malta), Roxen (Romania), Senhit (San Marino), Ana Soklic (Slovenia), Blas Canto (Spain), Gjon’s Tears (Switzerland), Jeangu Macrooy (The Netherlands) and Go_A (Ukraine) have all been confirmed to return.
However, a number of 2020 entries have also confirmed they will not be competing in their countries’ national selection processes.
Croatia’s Damir Kedžo, Finland’s Askel, Denmark’s Ben & Tan, Portugal’s Elisa, Norway’s Ulrikke, France’s Tom Leeb and Germany’s Ben Dolic have all opted out.
The Eurovision grand final is set to take place on May 22 2021 in Rotterdam.
Credit: Original article published here.