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Man, others freak out over Cyprus’ ‘satanic’ Eurovision song

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 2/28/2021 David Matthews

A Cypriot man was charged with uttering threats and causing a disturbance after he stormed a public broadcaster’s facility to protests the country’s “blasphemous” Eurovision song contest entry.

According to the Associated Press, the devout Christian, who was not named, was verbally accosting employees outside the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation’s news department over the selection of a song called “El Diablo” performed by Greek singer Elena Tsagrinou to represent Cyprus in the yearly contest.

While the man is thus far the only person facing criminal charges related to the incident, the song’s selection has sparked a small controversy in the small country. According to the Cyprus News Agency, a group of high-school religious studies teachers said the song should be withdrawn because it “pledges life-long devotion and professes love for Satan.”

The broadcaster also reportedly received arson threats.

FILE - In this Saturday, May 16, 2020 image, three hosts Edsilia Rombley, Chantal Janzen, and Jan Smit, from left, present the Eurovision's Europe Shine A Light remote television show, in Hilversum, Netherlands, in place of the Eurovision Song Contest that was forced by the coronavirus crisis to retreat into a Dutch television studio in 2020. © Kris Pouw FILE - In this Saturday, May 16, 2020 image, three hosts Edsilia Rombley, Chantal Janzen, and Jan Smit, from left, present the Eurovision's Europe Shine A Light remote television show, in Hilversum, Netherlands, in place of the Eurovision Song Contest that was forced by the coronavirus crisis to retreat into a Dutch television studio in 2020.

FILE - In this Saturday, May 16, 2020 image, three hosts Edsilia Rombley, Chantal Janzen, and Jan Smit, from left, present the Eurovision's Europe Shine A Light remote television show, in Hilversum, Netherlands, in place of the Eurovision Song Contest that was forced by the coronavirus crisis to retreat into a Dutch television studio in 2020. (Kris Pouw/)

The situation is oddly reminiscent of the Satanic Panic hoax that bubbled up the U.S. in the 1980s and 1990s.

The annual Eurovision contest is watched by millions and usually involves controversial or odd songs.

The contest is perhaps most well-known as the international breakthrough for ABBA, who won in 1974 after performing “Waterloo.”

“Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga,” a parody film about the contest starring Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams was released on Netflix in 2020.

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