In the dispute over Cyprus’s musical contribution to the Eurovision Song Contest, the Orthodox Church and the country’s government have now also spoken out.
The song “El Diablo” by the singer Elena Tsagrinou for this year’s ESC has been criticized because it speaks of the devil (El Diablo).
The Orthodox Church of Cyprus issued a statement on Tuesday evening calling on the government to withdraw the song. The Cypriot President’s spokesman denied this in a television interview on Wednesday morning. More than 16,000 people have now signed an online petition against the song.
Church of Cyprus calls for the cancellation of the song selection
The Cypriot Church demanded that the government should cancel the choice of the song. The song should “be replaced by another one that expresses our history, tradition and what we stand for,” said the synod’s announcement. The press spokesman for the Cypriot President Nikos Anastasiades, however, referred to the freedom of art on Wednesday morning. “It’s a musical competition, let’s not give it unnecessary dimensions,” Viktoras Papadopoulos told the Cypriot television station Alphanews.
Because of the song, unknown people threatened to set fire to the headquarters of the Cypriot State Broadcasting Corporation (RIK) last Friday. The state television then declared that the song was not about paying homage to the devil, but about the struggle between good and evil and about the fact that a young woman wanted to break away from a man, a useless person.
Elena Tsagrinou will run for Cyprus in 2021
The song “El Diablo” was composed by Jimmy Thornfeld, Laurell Barker, Oxa and Thomas Stengaard. This year the ESC will be held in Rotterdam between May 18th and 22nd. Cyprus is represented at the competition by the Greek singer Elena Tsagrinou.