CyBC (RIK) is not going to change the song El Diablo (“The Devil”) chosen for the Eurovision Song Contest because of criticism, said the chairman of the board of directors of the corporation Andreas Frangos, Blagovest-info reports.
The choice of the song, which contains the lines “I gave my heart to the devil,” drew criticism from part of the society. The television began receiving calls from angry citizens demanding to withdraw the song from the competition, some threatened to set fire to the television building.
Metropolitan Isaiah of Tamassos and Orini said that “in addition to blasphemy, all kinds of physical and emotional addictions are being promoted.”
The leadership of the television tried to clarify that the meaning of the song was misunderstood, and it speaks of the struggle between good and evil. There is no question of changing the participation of Cypriots in the Eurovision Song Contest this year, Frangos said speaking on the show on RIK.
The Eurovision Song Contest, canceled last year due to the pandemic, will take place from 18 to 22 May at the Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam, with performers from 41 countries.