Cyprus thanked Sandro Nicolas, who would participate in 2020, for services rendered. Instead, they teamed up with Athens-born Elena Tsagrinou.
That was not without any struggle. The Orthodox Church protested against the song “El diablo”. A declaration of love to the devil was not done they said, and they even demanded from the Cypriot government that the song had to be withdrawn. They hadn’t listened really well: the song was by no means a song of praise to the devil, but is about a woman who falls for a bad man.