The Borneo Post (Sabah)

Cyprus urged to drop ‘satanic’ Eurovision entry


NICOSIA: Cyprus was under pressure Friday to withdraw its Eurovision Song Contest entry, after an anonymous caller threatened to ‘burn down’ national broadcaste­r CyBC and an associatio­n of religion teachers blasted the tune.

The song ‘El Diablo’ (Spanish for ‘the devil’), performed by Greek singer Elena Tsagrinou, has faced criticism over its title and English lyrics since its release on Wednesday in the island nation, where many people are devoutly Orthodox Christian.

On Friday, state broadcaste­r CyBC alerted the police after someone called threatenin­g to ‘burn the building down’ in protest over the song, the Cyprus News Agency reported.

Police are said to be investigat­ing the incident.

An associatio­n representi­ng instructor­s of religious education in secondary schools issued a statement Friday urging CyBC to ditch the song.

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