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Eurovision: Cyprus Among First Qualifiers for Grand Final

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Elena Tsagkrinou in her music video for the Cypriot Eurovision entry “El Diablo.” Credit: Screenshot from YouTube

Cyprus qualified for the grand final of Eurovision after an impressive act during the first semi-final of the 65th annual Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on Tuesday.

Elena Tsagkrinou, a 26-year old singer from Greece, represented Cyprus with the song “El Diablo.”

El Diablo has been received exceptionally well by European audiences and Eurovision fans even though it has been quite controversial in Cyprus after being accused of having satanic connotations.

The Cypriot entry made it to the grand final along with 10 other countries (Norway, Israel, Russia, Malta, Azerbaijan, Lithuania, Sweden, Belgium and Ukraine).

The big final is on Saturday, when finalists from the two semi-finals as well as the Big Five (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom) will compete for first place.

The Greek entry for Eurovision 2021

Greece is in the second round of semi-finals for this year’s Eurovision competition, which will take place on Thursday.

Greece will compete against the second batch of competitors, including singers from Iceland, Poland, Bulgaria, Albania, and Denmark, to reach the finals.

Greek-Dutch singer Stefania Liberakakis represents Greece. Stefania became known in the Netherlands at the tender age of nine, when she participated in the Dutch version of the popular talent show ”The Voice Kids.”

With an upbeat, hopeful message for the future after the struggles felt internationally due to Covid-19, Stefania will take part in the second semi-final on Thursday.

“Last Dance” has Greeks feeling optimistic about the country’s chances in the competition.

Following the rehearsals of Greece as well as the act of Cyprus at the first semi-final on Tuesday, forecasts are rather encouraging about the performance of both countries.

Eurovision over the years

The Eurovision Song Contest is the most-watched non-sporting event worldwide. It started as a way to promote cooperation between European countries in the years following the Second World War and it has been a well-established European tradition since.

It is organized annually by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). The Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT) broadcasts the event annually and is responsible for choosing the country’s entry song.

After a year without Eurovision due to the global pandemic, the so-called “Euro-fans” are back and ready for the greatest European song contest celebrating music across borders.

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