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With the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 tonight, singer Andromache missed out on the chance to represent Cyprus in this year’s final at the weekend.

All eyes were on the Greek girl on Thursday night as 2022’s entry took to the stage singing “Ela” in the second of this year’s semi-finals.

The 27-year-old newcomer’s full name is Andromachi Dimitropoulou and she was born in Germany and raised in Ilia, Greece.

Andromache was hoping to follow in the footsteps of Elena Tsagrinou, Tamta, and Eleni Foureira whose results helped Cyprus to consecutive finals, from 2015 to 2021.

Qualifying for the final at Cyprus’ expense was Belgium, Czech Republic, Azerbaijan, Poland, Finland, Estonia, Australia, Sweden, Romania and Serbia.

Cypriot bosses stuck to the formulae, of internally picking a singer and song-package with Andromache mixing traditional Greek folk and Byzantine, with modern music.

The track is an ethno song that embellishes the instrument of bouzouki and the flute which blends into the ensemble, giving this track a more modernised touch, mixing old and new.

The percussions and the bouzouki add some magical reverie to the song.

LGR’s Eurovision fanatic said, “When I first heard this it felt hypnotising and catchy enough, with its nice melodic embellishments.”

“This is a really good radio song which has soared to top of London Greek Radio play-lists, in recent weeks”.

“On reflection Cyprus is a radio friendly song, perhaps it requires other elements translating it to the stage. It is a lovely tune, chilled and laidback, with maybe its lack of a build-up holding it back as a Eurovision competitive song entry,” Mr Neophytou commented.

Tony Neophytou furthermore said, “I don’t know, maybe she felt nervous at first verse, and gradually felt more in her stride and composure at the Greek choruses. She grew in confidence, and smiles, as the song was progressing…”

Her performance was met with rapturous applause from the audience.

“The attractive Andromache was standing inside a sea shell structure. The imagery was conjuring up Cypriot exotic flavours, and motifs. She was like a mermaid or maybe a wink, to the Cypriot myth of Aphrodite’s birth, at sea.”

Her female dancers Despina Lagoudaki and Nefeli Theodotou were at either side.

Andromache’s choreographed arm movements, or armography and her dancers give it a fusion of energy.

“Three girls are the Cypriot equivalent to ‘Charlie’s Angels‘,” (Tony quips).

“The staging was aesthetically-pleasing bathed in lots of warm colours. The blue and golden lighting, swept across the sea shell structure and stage reminiscent of Cypriot flag colours, which was a beautiful aesthetic.” Mr Neophytou underscores.

CyBc made the official announcement along with title of her entry “Ela” earlier this year. The song is written by Alex Papaconstantinou, or Alex P, a Greek-Swedish producer, well-known in Eurovision circles.

He collaborates on the tune with Cypriot singer-songwriter Giorgos Papadopoulos, Arash, Eyelar Mirzazadeh, Fatjon Miftaraj, Filloreta Raci Fifi, Geraldo Sandell, Robert Uhlmann, Viktor Svensson and Yll Limani.

Andromache is signed to Panik Records, whose roster includes former Eurovision predecessors such as Ivi Adamou, Demy, Eleni Foureira and Anna Vissi and Elena Tsagrinou.

Thank you to Andromache and the Cypriot delegation for their efforts and roll on 2023, with Cyprus’ pick of the next act and tune.

The Eurovision Final takes place on Saturday night at 8pm.


Article written by Tony Neophytou

Singer-Songwriter Amanda Georgiadi Tenfjord on Tuesday night qualified for the Eurovision Grand Final with her song “Die Together”.

This year, the Eurovision Song Contest takes place in Turin, at PalaOlimpico and the 25-year-old, who is studying to be a doctor, is a half Greek and half Norwegian singer-songwriter, born in Ioannina, Greece and raised in Norway.

Of the 17 competing countries, Greece was one of the 10 that gained enough votes from professional juries and the public to advance to Saturday night’s sing-off.

This is the twelfth time that Greece has qualified for a Eurovision since 2008.

“Die Together” was a “grower” on the London Greek Radio play-lists peaking at #5 in recent weeks.

The introspective song, has the sounds of a strong, melodic electro-pop ballad with emotional overtones which seem to cut deep. It’s a break-up song about a genuine relationship that’s expected to tear at the heart-strings.

Amanda has co-written the track with fellow Norwegian producer and songwriter, Bjørn Helge Gammelsæterx.

LGR’s Eurovision fanatic Tony Neophytou said, “Amanda’s beautiful, captivating performance felt emotional, and intense. Her vocals were on-point, as in yesterday’s jury voting dress rehearsal.

“Goosebumps… man!” Mr Neophytou recollects.

“The camera zooms into a close-up in the acapella section as it gradually builds up with wider stage shots of blue melting chairs. The visually-arresting act is well-crafted and thought out”. Amanda said the imagery of melting chairs is “symbolising break-ups or things coming to an end…”

The dancing silhouettes on-screen added a nice tough. The excellent camera-work complimented Amanda’s story-telling narrative, which underscores this song.

“Her soaring melodies combined with vocal hooks gives the tune that feel of a competitive package as Greece embarks on a Top 10 placement.” LGR’s reviewer furthermore noted.

“The Greek staging was immaculate and well-executed. It was sufficiently subdued and effective, and every single frame and shot was thought-out, presenting a slick, professional routine.”

The singer’s creative staging director is Fokas Evangelinos, a well-known figure in Eurovision circles, tasked with the elevation of her song.

In Mr Neophytou’s view, “Amanda in a white frock is emoting throughout, the song’s three minutes. A stage bathed in whites and blues, not only are these Greek flag colours which is a nice aesthetic. These colours suit it’s sad and melancholic undertones. The blinking lighting effects were in sync with its electro-pop beats, and the crescendo or climatic ‘die together‘ choruses.”

Amanda gave a strong, stoic and dramatic performance. Her frantic, hand gestures to her “Take my heart and rip it out and bring it to the other side” line, in the bridge, intensified the emotion that is felt, on the stage.”

Amanda was second favourite to win Semi-Final 1, with Ukraine still odds-on favourite to win Eurovision. The full results of these semis are released post-Eurovision night.

The Eurovision Song Contest Final is broadcast on Saturday 14th May on BBC1.

London Greek Radio wishes Greece the very best of luck in the competition.


Article written by Tony Neophytou

“British Cypriot” sitcom, ‘Stath Lets Flats’ was a winner at the Bafta TV Awards on Sunday night, scooping Best Male Performance in a Comedy for its star and creator Jamie Demetriou.

It’s a hat-track for Jamie, this is the third Bafta for ‘Stath Lets Flats’ which Jamie created and co-writes.

There have been three series of this popular comedy which also stars Jamie’s sister Natasia Demetriou.

Mr Demetriou beat out tough competition in the form of the new Doctor Who Ncuti Gatwa – who was announced earlier as the next Time Lord, to take home the comedy gong.

Jamie Demetriou is “Stath” an imbecilic lettings agent working at ‘Michael & Eagle Lets’, an apparently chaotic London lettings agency run by his father, Vasos, [Christos Stergioglou).

The set-up is that Stath comes across as incompetent, impulsive and ambitious – in equal measure, and is desperate to prove himself to his Greek-Cypriot father who is retired and at home in series three but still as ever-observant and watchful over his son’s antics.

“I promised myself I wouldn’t sing” (he teased his audience), as Jamie accepted his award. “Thank you so much to everyone who makes this show possible, Channel Four, for having me a part of your insane roster of unbelievable shows that inspired me, and I would never be doing what I was doing if it wasn’t for them. Thank you to Ash Atalla for sticking to this for so long, thank you to Andrew Gaynord for being such a good friend and director. Thank you to Seb Barwell, the producer of this show, who is my rock. And I think a lot of the time he rather not be a rock, but be a producer.

Thank you to this astonishing cast that I’ve had the privilege of working with for so long now, Al, Ellie, Katy, Kiell, Christos, and my amazing sister Natasia who I couldn’t do this show without. Thank you to my flat-mate Ollie Cambridge for just having to put up with a really, really dirty… comedian and to my girl-friend Claire”.

The Bafta TV Awards were held at the Royal Festival Hall on Sunday evening of May 8th.

Jamie Demetriou: “London Greek Radio has been playing in my house since I was a foetus.Same Jamie, same here…


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Eurovision excitement continues as Greece releases this year’s act with Greek TV bosses confirming that Amanda Georgiadi Tenfjord will be their representing artist.

This year, the Eurovision Song Contest takes place in Turin, at PalaOlimpico and the 25-year-old, who is studying to be a doctor, is a half Greek and half Norwegian singer-songwriter, born in Ioannina, Greece and raised in Norway.

The song, “Die Together” has the sounds of a strong, melodic electro-pop ballad with emotional overtones which seem to cut deep. It’s a break-up song about a genuine relationship that’s expected to tear at the heart-strings.

Amanda has co-written the track with fellow Norwegian producer and songwriter, Bjørn Helge Gammelsæterx and Amanda mixes modern pop, folk, electronic, alternative and ambient sounds.

LGR’s Eurovision fanatic, Tony Neophytou’s view is that “the song starts with an acapella section through a vocoder, which steadily builds up into a full-orchestral electro-pop ballad. The progression has its peaks and dynamic twists, causing intrigue and curiosity for the listener. The slow song then explodes to a grand orchestral feel as it progresses to its climatic finish. It is instantaneous with its catchy chorus, which a competition song requires.”

He added, “The singer and songwriter ballad feels honest and sincere. Amanda is a likeable soloist and incredibly authentic, with a well-made, intimate tune. The minimalist stripped-back acapella builds patiently into the explosive, orchestration. This is a potential jury bait song with on-point vocals. Amanda is emoting a stirring intense ballad that has won lots of admirers in recent weeks.”

Tony Neophytou believes in Greece’s chances at a qualification spot: “Her soaring melodies combined with vocal hooks gives the tune that feel of a competitive package and a game-changer as Greece embarks on a Top 10 placement.

He continued, “It is a sad, melancholic song with deep lyrics.”

Since it was released, many avid fans have interpreted its poignant lyrics to mean human bonds, the raging frontline, and conflict situations in the world now. The public reaction seems to give the track extra potency and powerful mileage.

Her immediate and direct lyrics is a sure asset in resonating intimately with the listener like, for example, when Amanda sings: “It’s been a hell of year, and we’ve been living in fear, close to giving up…”

Tony Neophytou also feels that the bridge section, with guitar, is almost uniquely dark and dramatic, with the verse, “Take my heart and rip it out, bring it to the other side”; a verse, she repeats four times, emphasising its blatant edgier undertones.

Tony says, “Amanda with a hauntingly beautiful, well-sung radio hit for the stage performance.”

The singer’s creative staging director is Fokas Evangelinos, a well-known figure in Eurovision circles, tasked with the elevation of her song. Her team says the “thoughtfully staged routine and emotional act” angles every single shot and frame as a captivating performance.

The official music video is filmed on the Greek island of Symi, as the backdrop to narrating Amanda’s song, which will be performed in slot number 15 of a running order of 17.

Greece competes in the Eurovision First Semi-Final which airs on 10th May on BBC Three. The Top 10 qualifying countries will advance to the Final on Saturday 14th May on BBC One.

London Greek Radio wishes Amanda and Greece the best of luck in the competition.


Article written by Tony Neophytou

London Greek Radio Top 40 Songs.

The definitive Chart rundown this month April 2022.

This month’s biggest, most in demand hit songs.

1 Helena Paparizou x Antique – Ti Ti
2 Andromache – Ela
3 Giorgos Lianos – Kathe Mas Stigmi Mia Giorti
4 Anastasia – Amarties
5 Amanda Georgiadi Tenjford – Die Together
6 Haris Varthakouris – Me Poio Dikaioma
7 Panos Kiamos – Na Tragoudo Pos S’ Agapao
8 Nikos Vertis – Pou Na Gyrnas
9 Giorgos Papadopoulos & Elkana Marziano – Katalaveno (Katn Alenu)
10 Eirini Papadopoulou Feat. Nikos Koklonis – Leei Leei Leei

11 Nikos Oikonomopoulos – Pali Gyrisa
12 Giorgos Sabanis – Ase Me Na Se Proseho
13 Ivi Adamou – Agoraki Mou [NEW]
14 Josephine – Tilefono [NEW]
15 Loukas Yiorkas – An M’ Agapas
16 Konstantinos Argiros – Molis Htes
17 Natasa Theodoridou – Yparho Gia Sena
18 Giorgos Giannias & Giorgos Papadopoulos – Vale Fotia
19 Konstantinos Argiros, Rack – Telika
20 Anastasios Rammos – Aliteia

21 Michalis Hatzigiannis & Tamta – Ekdromi
22 Konstantinos Christoforou – S’ Ena Tetarto [LGR ident]
23 Ageliki Darra – Berdemenoi Aggeloi [NEW]
24 Giorgos Mazonakis – Par’ Ta Ola Dika Sou [NEW]
26 Konstantinos Argiros – Tipota Esi
27 Giorgos Kakosaios – Ego S’ Agapisa
28 Giorgos Sabanis – Kati San Asteri
29 Giannis Arvanitidis – Trelos Gia Sena
30 Christos Santikai – Ena Tilefono

31 Kaiti Garbi – Ama Fygo
32 Giorgos Livanis – Meta Tis 12 [NEW]
33 Christos Dantis – As Pan Stin Eyhi Ta Palia
34 Giota Negka – Thalassa
35 Kaiti Garbi, Dionysis Schoinas – Atofio Chrysafi
36 Petros Iakovidis – Asto [Radio, Edit]
37 Giannis Ploutarhos – Tha Se Nikiso
38 Stelios Legakis – Poios
39 Christos Menidiatis – Erotevmenos Mazi Sou
40 Ilias Vrettos – Kala Pige Auto

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Greek singer Andromache will represent Cyprus in the up-coming Eurovision Song Contest, which takes place at PalaOlimpico in Turin.

The 27-year-old newcomer’s full name is Andromachi Dimitropoulou and she was born in Germany and raised in Ilia, Greece.

CyBc made the official announcement along with th​e title of her entry ‘Ela’. The song is written by Alex Papaconstantinou, or Alex P, a Greek-Swedish producer, well-known in Eurovision circles.

He collaborates on the tune with Cypriot singer-songwriter Giorgos Papadopoulos, Arash, Eyelar Mirzazadeh, Fatjon Miftaraj, Filloreta Raci Fifi, Geraldo Sandell, Robert Uhlmann, Viktor Svensson and Yll Limani.

Cypriot TV bosses had been extremely tight-lipped about the entrant for weeks, choosing to announce the details and releasing its official music video on 9th March.

Cypriot chiefs have stuck to the successful formulae, of internally picking a singer and song-package with Andromache mixing traditional Greek folk and Byzantine, with modern music.

It’s is a mid-tempo song fusing Greek/Cypriot ethnic elements with modern production values. It is a solid, well-made ‘slow-tsifteteli’, with its English verse, and Greek choruses.

LGR’s Tony Neophytou said, “On first listening I felt really hypnotised, mainly because of its melodic riffs and Andromaches’ sultry presence and it’s good traits  as a Eurovision song.

He added, “It is evoking Cypriot folklore music which has a veneer of authenticity to today’s music market.”

The track is an ethno song that embellishes the instrument of bouzouki and the flute which blends into the ensemble, giving this track a more modernised touch, mixing old and new.

With its catchy choruses and useful ‘Ela’  hook, the song is almost uniquely seductive and sung very well.

The percussions and the bouzouki add some magical reverie to the song.

Andromache’s music video to “Na Soun Psema” has accumulated millions of views on YouTube. Her current hit is “Vasano Mou” and other hits include “S’agapo”, “To Feggari” and “De Mporo”.

The whole Eurovision package from Cyprus, with the ethno-beat, helps to stand-out in a competitive field of some 18 songs in the semi-finals.

Andromache’s stage routine will ultimately drive the song’s fortunes at the contest.

Marvin Dietmann and Dan Shipton are responsible for the creative and artistic aesthetics that we will see. There are two female dancers – Despina Lagoudaki and Nefeli Theodotou assisting Andromache’s stage performance.

Tony Neophytou at LGR believes in Cyprus’s chances of qualifying, saying, “Ethnic songs do really well at this contest, especially ones with well-crafted melodies.

He continues, “The mid-tempo song is lively enough, which packs a fair bit of oomph. The sweet ornamented melody is driving the catchy hook-line. A pretty song, which is causual and laidback, which produces a nice result. Her ethereal vocal suits the floaty, airy light template, with its verse and chorus. Her “Aman” utterances, are, so sultry and pleasing… The potential exists of a real great stage act, which will help to elevate it as a radio song probably qualify it as a result.”

The official music video looks like a period set-piece with its old-century aesthetics.

Andromache is signed to Panik Records, whose roster includes former Eurovision predecessors such as Ivi Adamou, Demy, Eleni Foureira and Anna Vissi and Elena Tsagrinou.

Cyprus has a streak of six qualification songs to the finals, from 2015 to 2021 and the Cypriot delegation will be quietly optimistic about their chances at a seventh finalist.

Andromache performs in slot number 9 in the running order of 18.

Cyprus competes in the Eurovision Second Semi-Final which airs on Thursday 12th May on BBC Three. The Top 10 qualifying countries will advance to the Final on Saturday 14th May, on BBC One.

London Greek Radio wishes Andromache and Cyprus the best of luck in the Eurovision.


Article written by Tony Neophytou

LGR Club Nights coming soon

One of the biggest Greek club nights in North London, which is celebrating its tenth year is back soon.

Its been two years since LGR’s 30th anniversary bash as a FM-licensed station at The Country Club, Trent Park, on November 2019.

LGR launched its debut Club Nights on Thursday 19th April 2012, with Cypriot singer Ivi Adamou, Cyprus’ former Eurovision entrant that year. Her performance, with London-Cypriot act Kyriacos Georgiou had wowed over 500 club-spectators…

LGR event DJs and music acts have performed throughout its ten-year reign. The leading-stars-of-Greek music Stan and Kelly Kelekidou, Giorgos Mais, Valentinos Valeas and home-grown talented, G3orge-e, Mixalis Theodosiou, Elizabeth Chapman, and Iphigenia Loucaides have all featured.

LGR Club Nights are celebrating 10 years. 2012 – 2022.

Check back for all of the latest information about our next event, which is coming real soon!

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Top 40 Songs.

The definitive chart rundown this month March 2022.

This month’ biggest, most in demand hit songs.

#LGR the UK’s official Greek music station on FM & Digital.

1 Giorgos Lianos – Kathe Mas Stigmi Mia Giorti
2 Anastasia – Amarties
3 Giorgos Giannias, Giorgos Papadopoulos – Vale Fotia
4 Konstantinos Argiros – Tipota Esi
5 Eirini Papadopoulou feat. Nikos Koklonis – Leei Leei Leei
6 Natasa Theodoridou – Yparho Gia Sena
7 Panos Kiamos – Na Tragoudo Pos S’ Agapao
8 Nikos Oikonomopoulos – Pali Gyrisa [NEW]
9 Anastasios Rammos – Aliteia
10 Haris Varthakouris – Me Poio Dikaioma [NEW]

11 Loukas Yiorkas – An M’ Agapas [NEW]
12 Kaiti Garbi – Ama Fygo
13 Christos Sanitaki – Ena Tilefono
14 Giorgos Sabanis – Ase Me Na Se Proseho
15 Antonis Remos – Ola Gia Sena
16 Christos Menidiatis – Erotevmenos Mazi Sou
17 Christos Dantis – As Pan Stin Eyhi Ta Palia
18 Giorgos Sabanis – Kati San Asteri
19 Petros Iakovidis – Asto [Radio Edit]
20 Nikos Vertis – Pou Na Gynas

21 Fani Drakopoulou – Hamos [NEW]
22 Kaiti Garbi, Dionysis Schoinas – Atoflio Chrysafi
23 Ilias Vrettos – Kala Pige Auto
24 Giorgos Livanis – Osa Eho Zise
25 Nikos Makropoulos – Eho Erota Mazi Sou Megalo
26 Konstantinos Argiros – Molis Htes
27 Peggy Zina – Psyhi Tis Agapis
28 Giorgos Kakosaios – Ego S’ Agapisa [NEW]
29 Giorgos Papadopoulos & Elkana Marziano – Katalaveno (Katn Alenu) [NEW]
30 Andromache – Ela [NEW]

31 Amanda Georgiadi Tenfjord – Die Together [NEW]
32 Michalis Hatzigiannis & Tamta – Ekdromi [NEW]
33 Nikos Vertis – S’ Agapao
34 Despina Vandi – Pou Les
35 Stelios Legakis – Poios
36 Alcatrash – Kapoios Kapou S’ Agapaei
37 Demy – Ela [Radio, Edit]
38 Konnie Metaxa – Aman
39 Giannis Arvanitidis – Trelos Gia Sena [NEW]
40 Dimitris Basis – Kathe Mera

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Urgent Appeal for Stem Cell Donors

The families of four blood cancer patients have joined forces with the Leukaemia Cancer Society to urgently appeal for more people of Greek or Cypriot origin to register as stem cell donors.

All four patients need stem cell transplants to save their lives.

Enfield Recruitment Drive, on behalf of The Leukaemia Cancer Society on Saturday 26th March between 10pm-2pm.

Cockfosters FC, Chalk Lane, Cockfosters, Barnet EN4 9HZ

If you are aged between 16-to-55-year-olds have a simple cheek swab taken.

Please step forward, there aren’t many Greeks and Cypriots on the register and for that reason a number of individuals haven’t found a match so far. If you can’t get there, you can have a kit sent to your home. It’s so easy and takes next to no time.

There is nothing to fear, it is just a cheek swab, so nothing too intrusive. After two years of lateral flows and PCRs, a gentle cheek swab is nothing to worry about.

If you can, please do your part to help.

All nationalities welcome. You never know who you could be a match for! A simple cheek swab could save a life.

For more details contact The Leukaemia Cancer Society on 020 8374 4821 or 07872 633 508.

https://www.leukaemiacancersociety.org/become-donor

Every 20 minutes, someone in the UK is diagnosed with blood cancer – those that affect the body’s bone marrow, blood or lymphatic system – such as leukaemia, myelome or lymphona. Yet, just 2% of the UK population is registered as potential blood stem cell donors. People from Cypriot, Greek and mixed ethnicity backgrounds are under-represented as donors.

Diversifying the register is extremely important to people from our community.

“We do wish more people would come forward; we do need a lot more Greek-Cypriot people. We are greatly under-represented on the register. The Mediterranean community is only a very small percentage of the British registry, a very small percentage. So, we need to do whatever we can to increase that and to make the register more diverse.” (Androulla Stylianou, Co-OrdinatorThe Leukaemia Cancer Society).

Urgent Stem Cell Transplant Needed to Save 24-Year-Old

(Click above article to learn about Alex and his search for a life-saving donor).


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Stem Cell donation drive for Cypriot man

St. George’s Greek Orthodox Church, Kingston upon Thames, recruitment drive, on behalf of DKMS on Sunday 6th March between 10:30am to 2:30pm.

If you are aged between 17-to-55-year-olds have a simple cheek swab taken.

Please step forward, there aren’t many Greek Cypriots like Zac Zacharia on the register and for that reason Zac hasn’t found a match so far. If you can’t get there, you can have a kit sent to your home. It’s so easy and takes next to no time. This simple swab could save Zac’s life.

There is nothing to fear, it is just a cheek swab, so nothing too intrusive. After two years of lateral flows and PCRs, a gentle cheek swab is nothing to worry about.

“Back in August 2021 we were shocked to learn that one of our Community Members Zac Zacharia was rushed to hospital after falling unwell. After extensive tests Zac was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. Zac urgently needs a blood stem cell transplant to save his life.” (Source: St. George’s Greek Orthodox Church, Kingston upon Thames)

St. George’s Greek Orthodox Church, Borough Road, Kingston, KT2 6BD.

If you can, please do your part to help.


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