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Cyprus’ Tamta and Greece’s Katerine Duska compete in the Eurovision Song Contest Final on Saturday at Tel Aviv Expo both countries made it via the semi-finals this week.

Cyprus sings in the number #11 slot, Greece #13 in the running order of 26 tonight.

Eleni Foureira was confirmed as a special guest interval act, last year’s Cyprus runners-up; she takes part in a tribute segment to former Eurovision entries.

The UK’s entry Michael Rice, with ‘Bigger Than Us’ is set to perform #16 in the line-up.

LGR’s Eurovision guru Tony Neophytou said, “Cyprus and Greece qualified and that is a great achievement, for patriotic reasons; Eurovision is increasingly competitive, and this year is no exception”.

Cyprus’ qualification streak continues for a fifth year, long may this continue. Greece made a strong comeback to the final following last year’s shock exit at the semis.

Tamta, performs infectious-catchy ‘Replay’ track, up-tempo pop-banger with a horns-fuelled chorus. Tony says, “The brass, or instrumental parts, are the biggest asset to this song, and no doubt gives it a slight edge.”

‘Replay’ shot to number one on the London Greek Radio, (LGR), Airplay Chart this month.

The song’s composer Alex Papaconstantinou, aka Alex P, was the man behind Eleni Foureira’s ‘Fuego’ – last year’s unlucky runners-up in the competition. He collaborates on the tune with Sweden-based songwriters, Geraldo Sandell, Viktor Svensson, Albin Nedler and Kristoffer “Bonn” Fogelmark.

The Greek pop singer  struts the stage and the choreography is slick and on-point, with Sweden-based dancers Lamin, Kenny, Niklas and Benjamin.

Sacha Jean-Baptise, the creative woman behind ‘Fuego’, is in charge of the staging, and no doubt elevating the good modern radio-ready song.

Cyprus’ qualification streak continues for a fifth year, long may this continue.  Greece made a strong comeback to the final following last year’s shock exit at the semi-finals.

Katerine Duska with mid-tempo pop ballad, ‘Better Love’. Another relevant and radio friendly, lovely melodic track.

Tony’s view is that “the songstress has a unique and distinctive voice and doesn’t hold back.  ‘Better Love’ features strong vocals and that trademark soulful rasp, with melodic hooks swirling beneath the orchestral drums.

She nails the live vocal in the routine, especially the long high-note as the track climaxes, which earns high marks, with expert jurors.

Canadian-Greek indie-pop artist Katerine Duska co-writes Greece’s entry, ‘Better Love’ with Greek-British musician Leon of Athens and Scottish songwriter David Sneddon.

Reviewing the performance, Mr Neophytou said, “Katerine is in an ‘Edwardian’ frock with her ballerinas and her fencers on stage to tell the story, which is aesthetically pleasing. Flowery prop on stage, girls in yellow-frocks, it is pop-art, that’s brave staging, as it asks the viewer to interpret the elaborate stage, and indeed, focus on quite a few things.”

Tony looks at a few other contenders…

Netherlands with Duncan Lawrence ‘Arcade’, is a well-crafted ballad, with a genuine and sincere vocal. The type of slow-song which cuts to the soul. In March, after a 41 songs marathon, Tony picked out The Netherlands and Italy, as potential front-runners.

Italy (Mahmood, ‘Soldi’), is a hip hop track, sung in Italian, with a line in Arabic. The song is about his dad who walks out on him as a child; there’s a sad, moody feel to it; incredible good beat, with catchy refrains and peak moments in this well-made song.

Switzerland with (Luca Hänni, ‘She Got Me’) a “ethnic” pop song with exciting ‘clarinet’ breaks, and infectious beats.

Sweden, John Lundvik with ‘Too Late For Love’ and gospel-choir, very polished staging, catchy song, Sweden’s the usual Top 5, or there-about for years.

Azerbaijan (Chingiz, ‘Truth’), ethnic and modern fusion, just think of Greek-pop Laika, it’s sort of like that, Azeri-style. Some wicked effects his ‘body’ descends during the break-down part; digital robots, laser surgery on his broken heart, visually gripping.

Australia with Kate Miller-Heidke’s song, ‘Zero Gravity’, infuses operatic style with a pop beat. It covers a dark subject: her post-natal depression after giving birth to son Ernie. Kate, and two dancers are flying on poles above the ‘earth’ and is eye-catching staging.

Russia with Sergey Lazarev ‘Scream’, a dramatic ballad, is composed by Dimitris Kontopoulos and the man behind the creative staging is Fokas Evangelinos both Eurovision veterans.  The stage with mirrors/holograms, multiple images each aspect and emotion of his personality. In short, a strong Greek team is behind it, with the same people as the 2016 second-placed Sergey entry.

The Eurovision Song Contest Final airs tonight on BBC1 at 8pm GMT.

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


Article written by Tony Neophytou

Cyprus’ Tamta and Greece’s Katerine Duska have qualified for the Eurovision Song Contest’s final following a high-energy semi-final in Tel Aviv.

Australia, Iceland, Belarus, Serbia, Estonia, the Czech Republic, San Marino and Slovenia will also compete in the 26-strong event on Saturday.

A total of 17 international acts took to the stage on Tuesday night but only 10 moved on to the final following a 50-50 vote split between the public and music experts jury.

This result means Cyprus’ qualification streak continues for a fifth year, long may this continue. Greece made a strong comeback to the final following last year’s shock exit at the semi-finals.

Tamta was the opening act with infectious-catchy ‘Replay’ track, an up-tempo pop banger, that’s current and radio-friendly. The song builds to a horns-fuelled chorus with a thumping bass-line. LGR’s Eurovision guru, Tony Neophytou says, “The brass, or instrumental parts, are the biggest asset to this song, and no doubt gives it a slight edge.”

‘Replay’ shot to number one on the London Greek Radio, (LGR), Airplay Chart this month.

Georgian-Greek singer, Tamta Goduadze, 38, agreed to do the Eurovision gig last December and fulfilled a long-time ambition to participate in the event.

The song’s composer Alex Papaconstantinou, aka Alex P, was the man behind Eleni Foureira’s ‘Fuego’ – last year’s unlucky runners-up in the competition. He collaborates on the tune with Sweden-based songwriters, Geraldo Sandell, Viktor Svensson, Albin Nedler and Kristoffer “Bonn” Fogelmark.

Tony believes, “Both entries were qualifying worthy; with strong production, catchy hooks, melody, creative and thoughtful staging, exciting camera-work, with credible performers to support the entries.”

The Greek pop singer worked the stage with a cutesy charm; whipping up excitement in the crowd at Tel Aviv Expo. The choreography was on-point, with Tamta, centre and front of stage with dancers Lamin, Kenny, Niklas and Benjamin from Sweden.

Sacha Jean-Baptise, the creative woman behind ‘Fuego’, is in charge of the staging, and no doubt, the slick routine, elevated, a good, modern radio-ready song.

Katerine Duska came on number 16 in the line-up, she performed mid-tempo pop song ‘Better Love’. Another relevant and radio-friendly track which, the reviewer believes “the song has hit-potential that goes far and wide. It forges the idea that Greek music has multi-versatile styles, genres, sub-genres, with this lovely, melodic indie-pop track.”

Canadian-Greek indie-pop artist Ms Duska co-writes Greece’s entry, ‘Better Love’ with Greek-British musician Leon of Athens and Scottish songwriter David Sneddon.

Tony’s view is that “the songstress has a unique and distinctive voice and doesn’t hold back.  ‘Better Love’ features strong vocals and that trademark soulful rasp, with melodic hooks swirling beneath the orchestral drums.”

The stage act is colourful with blossoming flowers, pinks and purple-like tulips. Greece have no camera-effects or tech gadgets as part of the show, instead a song, Katerine interprets with an honest and sincere vocal.

Reviewing the performance, Mr Neophytou said, “Katerine is in an ‘Edwardian’ frock with her ballerinas and her fencers on stage to tell the story, which is aesthetically pleasing.”

The Greek pop industry should continue to invest in good, quality acts, and for sure it is scratching the surface. Tony believes, “Cyprus and Greece have a wealth of song-writing talent, that could put their foot forward at Eurovision. The composers, producers, that write high-impact, ethnic pop songs, every-day hits, that are extremely popular on LGR, would no doubt be rated pretty high at Eurovision, with creative staging”.

UK residents could not vote in this round but will be able to during the 18-act second semi-final on Thursday and the final on Saturday.

The Eurovision Song Contest Final is broadcast on Saturday 18th May on BBC1.

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


Article written by Tony Neophytou

The Eurovision Semi-Final 1 airs on Tuesday 14th May at 8pm UK time with Cyprus and Greece competing among 17 countries. The aim is clear-cut: a Top 10 finish guarantees qualification to the final on Saturday.

As Eurovision week begins at the Tel Aviv Expo in Israel, Cyprus and Greece are well-fancied ‘favourites’ in the first semi-final to qualify.  Katerine Duska is slightly edging it at 2/1 ‘first favourite’ to win the semi-final for Greece.  Both countries are Top 12 to win the Eurovision outright and seize the 2019 trophy.

Tamta and Katerine Duska have entered the London Greek Radio [LGR] official Air-Play Chart this month.  The tracks, ‘Replay’ and ‘Better Love’ are proving popular with listeners, which reflect their cross-over potential, as hits and radio-friendly songs.

Cyprus is opening the first semi in slot number one, officially launching Eurovision this year.

Tamta performs ‘Replay’, an up-tempo dance track that has a horns-fuelled chorus with a thumping bassline. LGR’s Eurovision guru, Tony Neophytou says, “The brass, or instrumental parts, are the biggest asset to this song, and no doubt gives it a slight edge.”

Georgian-Greek singer, Tamta Goduadze, 38, agreed to do the Eurovision gig last December and fulfilled a long-time ambition to participate in the event.

The Greek star who is very popular in her hometown, could be quite popular in Tel Aviv.

CyBC chiefs felt that the Georgian-born singer was right for this year’s contest as the up-tempo tune compliments Tamta as a singer and performance-artist, comprising that “complete package”.

The song’s composer Alex Papaconstantinou, aka Alex P, was the man behind Eleni Foureira’s ‘Fuego’ – last year’s unlucky runners-up in the competition. He collaborates on the tune with Sweden-based songwriters, Geraldo Sandell, Viktor Svensson, Albin Nedler and Kristoffer “Bonn” Fogelmark.

Sacha Jean-Baptise, the creative woman behind ‘Fuego’, is in charge of the staging and “it looks like it will no doubt be an elevated, good, modern radio-ready song”, according to Mr Neophytou.  Tony has had a sneak-peak of the rehearsal footage and the Cypriot staging “is on-point, very slick, and professional.  It appears that many disciplined hours, weeks and months has clearly gone into this and they hope it will pay-off.”

He added, “It’s a slick black, white and blue presentation with smart camera work and quick shot changes. Tamta is the pop-star oozing confidence, sexiness and a cute smile; front and centre of the stage, with four dancers Lamin, Kenny, Niklas and Benjamin from Sweden.

“It is street-dance, choreographed and rigorous, for three minutes, which are highly entertaining.  Tamta is in a white and black outfit, black pleather boots snaked all the way up to her thighs; with a nice Eurovision “trick” of a costume-change adding a dynamic element to the stage show.

“For the “replay” lyric, we get the repetitive camera tricks as we see in Tamta’s music video, with some smoke pyrotechnics for the final chorus of the performance.”

Canadian-Greek indie-pop artist Katerine Duska co-writes Greece’s entry, ‘Better Love’ with Greek-British musician Leon of Athens and Scottish songwriter David Sneddon.

Tony Neophytou’s view is that “the songstress has a unique and distinctive voice and doesn’t hold back.  ‘Better Love’ features strong vocals and that trademark soulful rasp, with melodic hooks swirling beneath the orchestral drums.

Her soaring vocals and catchy chorus give the tune that feel of a “competitive” package and a possible game-changer, as Greece embarks on a comeback to the Eurovision final, after a shock exit at the semis last year.

Tony continued, “The pop-art staging is colourful, with flowers blooming and romantic overtures that suit the song.”

Katerina said, “I’d like to keep it [the song] open to interpretation”.  Tony added that the song has great-depth lyrically.  “It’s a mid-tempo track, ethereal that in essence, is about purist and unconditional love”, Mr Neophytou concluded.

One interesting theory behind the inspired-staging, suggests a painting of renaissance from “Garden of Earthly Delights” by Hieronymus Bosch.

Reviewing the performance, Tony Neophytou said, “Katerine is in an ‘Edwardian’ frock with her ballerinas and her fencers on stage to tell the story, which is aesthetically pleasing.”

Backing-vocalists Erasma Markides and Eleni Ponzantzidou, along with dancers Dimitra Vlachou and Fania Grigoriou complete the line up for Greece.

The Eurovision first Semi-Final airs on Tuesday 14th May at 8pm on BBC4.

The Eurovision Song Contest Final is broadcast on Saturday 18th May on BBC1.

Tamta performs in the running order of 17 at slot number #1.  Meanwhile, Ms Duska is at #16 second to last.

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


Article written by Tony Neophytou

Cypriot broadcaster CyBC confirmed in December that Greek star Tamta would fly the flag at the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Georgian-Greek singer, Tamta Goduadze, 38, ticks-off Eurovision on her wish-list; that’s right a song contest she has thought about doing for absolute ages. Tamta came agonisingly close to achieving it – not once, but twice and denied the chance which is lucky for Cyprus as she said ‘Yes!’ to the Cypriot proposal this year.

The pop up-tempo track ‘Replay’ is very current and very radio-friendly.

Her catchy song reigned number one on the London Greek Radio, LGR, Official Air-Play Chart this month.

It’s very upbeat, very infectious horns-fuelled chorus with a thumping bassline. The brass parts are a big asset to the song and no doubt gives it a slight edge.

CyBC chiefs felt that the Georgian-born singer was right for this year’s contest as the up-tempo tune compliments Tamta as a singer and performance-artist comprising that “complete package”.

The song’s composer Alex Papaconstantinou aka Alex P was the man behind Eleni Foureira’s ‘Fuego’ – last year’s fantastic runners-up in the competition. He collaborates on the tune with Sweden-based songwriters Geraldo Sandell, Viktor Svensson, Albin Nedler and Kristoffer “Bonn” Fogelmark.

The music video is portraying Tamta within a very urban and industrial context, that seems to fit accurately the modern song. It’s very slick and well-made, with Greek director Giannis Michelopoulos piercing together a lot of fast-paced shots and costume changes. If you blink, you will miss Tamta alternate a street-wise lass, to “dominatrix”, and casual-girl-next. The pop-idol is playing the role of an enchantress who’s spinning ‘a man into a state of infatuation’. A fun act/entry oozing that “sexiness” x-factor, so on trend with a particular type of pop-genre now.

Sacha Jean-Baptise, the creative woman behind ‘Fuego’ last year is in charge of the Cypriot staging and no doubt will help to elevate Tamta’s staging and song on the left side of the scoreboard.

Tamta starts rehearsal week at the Tel Aviv Expo which hosts Eurovision this month. The singer confirmed four dancers will join her on stage, all-Swedish professional dancers,  Lamin, Kenny, Niklas and Benjamin and no doubt will give it that strong visual element to compliment the track. It’s slick, stylish, with tight and creative camera-work, that helps create that strong visual impact on stage.

Cyprus is opening the First Semi-Final in slot number #1 with a show-stopper routine to officially launch Eurovision this year.

Cyprus has qualified to four-consecutive finals and Tamta is hoping to emulate that success, with a well-deserved fifth-finalist. The Cypriots have a great form and one that is a very proud achievement for the country.

At the time of writing, Cyprus are virtually neck-and-neck with Greece ‘first-favourite’ to win the Semi-Final. It is a Top 10 ‘seventh’ to win Eurovision, and seize the 2019 trophy. The nation is somewhat a “Eurovision power-house” lately so it’s a winner in our books; and it puts to the centre, and forefront, Cypriot and Greek pop music to a huge audience.

LGR’s Tony Neophytou said, “The Top 10 is potentially theirs; a competitive line-up this year. The Netherlands, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, and Russia’s comeback with Sergey Lazarev. Interestingly their composer is Dimtris Kontopoulos with fellow-Greek Fokas Evangelinos staging Russia’s effort with Eurovision pedigree under their belt.”

Cyprus competes in the Eurovision First Semi-Final which airs on Tuesday 14th May at 8pm GMT.

She performs in the running order of 17 at slot number #1.

The Eurovision Song Contest Final is broadcast on Saturday 18th May at 8pm GMT.

London Greek Radio wish Tamta and the Cypriot delegation the very best of luck in the competition.


Article written by Tony Neophytou

Canadian-Greek indie-pop artist Katerine Duska co-writes Greece’s entry, ‘Better Love’ with Greek-British musician Leon of Athens and Scottish songwriter David Sneddon.

Greek broadcaster ERT confirmed earlier this year that Ms Duska would fly the Greek flag at the Tel Aviv Expo for the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Israel.

Montreal-born singer-songwriter, Katerine, 29, has recorded the song in London with producer and friend Phil Cook.

Greek ERT TV bosses formed a working committee to choose the act for this year. Chairman Dimitris Papadimitriou labelled Katerine (translated), “A Greek artist and talent with immense quality and one that is strongly indicative of indie-pop music.”

‘Better Love’ features strong vocals and that trademark soulful rasp, with melodic hooks swirling beneath the orchestral drums.  This is a very original choice in terms of a Greek Eurovision entry and it’s a song that is uplifting and anthemic.

The well-constructed tune is a very strong competitor this year with a catchy chorus and hooks, which excitingly build-up as the three-minute song captivates.

The songstress has a unique and distinctive voice and she doesn’t hold back in this year’s Eurovision line-up.  Katerine provides a strong vocal hook on top of an anthemic chorus to ‘Better Love’ and the vocally-impressive singer excels in her performance.

The mid-tempo track is current indie-pop and radio-friendly; one that has already entered the London Greek Radio, (LGR), playlist.

The ‘Better Love’ which the song refers to is the eternal quest for a higher love, one which is deep, unconditional and unapologetic. The lyrics about love and empowerment most people and no doubt the listener can relate to it on some level.

Her soaring high-notes combined with strong melodic hooks give the tune that feel of a “competitive” package and a possible game-changer, as Greece embarks on a comeback to the Eurovision final, after a shock exit at the semi-finals last year.

LGR’s Tony Neophytou said, “I think that this is a great Eurovision competition song, one that is a sure-fire qualifier and potentially a Top 10 in the final.”

The music video relies on strong pop-art visuals with pink, light-colours. The creative woman behind this video is Efi Gousi and she manages the staging in Tel Aviv.  Katerine Douska wears pink reinforcing the theme of purist romanticism and a “better love”.  The video is a females-only cast looking very disciplined and artistic.

Katerine said that the staging is planned to compliment the “pop-art” atmospheric concept and she will be joined on stage by backing-vocalists Erasma Markides and Eleni Ponzantzidou along with dancers Dimitra Vlachou and Fania Grigoriou.

Ms Duska was raised in a Greek home listening to esteemed composers Mikis Theodorakis, Manos Hatzidakis and Mimis Plessas, spending countless hours as a young teen tuned into soul, pop and R&B.  She has a background in classical music where she studied classical guitar and interpreting Arias and Lieder, venturing into ‘experimental song-writing’ influenced greatly by the indie-pop and Neo-soul genre.

Katerine studied law at the Kapodistrian University of Athens, only to realise that music was what she actually wanted to pursue professionally.

Katerine rose to indie stardom in 2014 with the hit, ‘One in a Million’ and her cover of the Arctic Monkeys, “Do I Wanna Know”, which has reached over a million views on YouTube.

Her 2015 debut album ‘Embodiment’ won critics over with the lead track “Fire Away”, featuring prominently in a Nescafe Canada advertising campaign.

Greece competes in the Eurovision first Semi-Final which airs on Tuesday 14th May at 8pm GMT.

She performs in the running order of 17 at slot number 16.

The Eurovision Song Contest Final is broadcast on Saturday 18th May at 8pm GMT.

For all of your Eurovision news on Greece, make sure you regularly check back to lgr.co.uk and tune into LGR to hear ‘Better Love’ this Eurovision season.

London Greek Radio wish Katerine and the Greek delegation the very best of luck in the competition.


Article written by Tony Neophytou

Katerine Duska will be flying the Greek flag for the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv this May. Greece compete in the Eurovision First Semi-Final…

Greek broadcaster ERT have confirmed that the Greek-Canadian singer/songwriter, born in Montreal and currently residing in Athens, will sing the song ‘Better Love‘. The self-penned tune is co-written with Leon of Athens and David Sneddon.

Katerine describes her music as alternative producing indie pop, indie folk, and neo-soul.

Greek ERT TV bosses set-up a working committee to choose the act for this year. The  song was recorded in London with producer Phil Cook, who’s credited with working with, Little Mix, Ellie Goulding, Olly Murs, Callum Scott and Dua Lipa.

The panellists felt that Katerine’s “unique”, impressive metallic vocal, coupled with the “modern” song choice were right for this year’s entry.

The working committee comprised of chairman Dimitris Papadimitriou, Artistic Director of the Greek entrant in Tel Aviv, Adam Petros (Music Producer), Fotis Apergi (Journalist), Gianni Petridi (Music Producer), Maria Koufpoulou (Director of International Relations ERT) and Sofia Dranidou (Head of European & International Affairs – International Relations ERT).

“Officially representing Greece at the Eurovision Song Contest this year! Honoured, humbled and insanely psyched! Let’s do this!”

She told Greek TV, (translated) “It is a competition which embraces various musical genres and trends; it’s unpredictable results-wise. Being asked to do so this with a song I wrote myself is a crucial thing.”

Katerine studied law at the Kapodistrian University of Athens only to realise that music was what she actually wanted to pursue professionally.

Katerine studied classical guitar at the Music Academy, as well as singing under the guidance of eminent vocal coach Eleni Melissidi.  A background in classical music with studying and interpreting Arias and Lieder by Verdi, Mozart and Schubert, to modern jazz, has a strong allegiance to music, whatever form it takes.

Katerine rose to indie star status in 2014 with the hit, ‘One in a Million’ and her cover of the Arctic Monkeys’ “Do I Wanna Know”, reaching over one million views on YouTube.

Her 2015 debut album ‘Embodiment’ won critics over with the lead track “Fire Away” featuring prominently in a Nescafe Canada advertising campaign.

Her “trademark soulful rasp” has earnt comparisons to the late Amy Winehouse and it’s believed that she’s probably the first-ever Greek soulful artist, to hit the Eurovision stage.

Greece competes in the Eurovision first semi-final which airs on Tuesday 14th May at 8 pm GMT.

Hopefully, we will see Katerine’s progression to the grand final which is broadcast on Saturday 18th May.

For all of your Eurovision news on Greece, make sure you regularly check back to lgr.co.uk and tune in LGR to hear ‘Better love‘ in the coming weeks.

London Greek Radio wish Katerine and the Greek delegation the very best of luck in the competition.


Article written by Tony Neophytou

LGR Events Presents Rempetika & Laika Night…

LGR Events Presents A Night with Rempetika and Laika, on Friday 15th March 2019, at the Cypriot Community Centre. The line-up is George Gregoriou aka LGR’s Kokis, Nikos Savvides, Giorgos Yerasimos, and Anna Sopiadou who is coming all the way from Greece will be entertaining us on the night.

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Join us at the Cypriot Community Centre, Earlham Grove, Wood Green, London, N22 5HJ.

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Admission £20, with souvlakia included.

For more information and tickets please call London Greek Radio on 0208 349 6950!

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In 2019, our time has also been spent putting together events, such as this one, where all members of our community could come and celebrate our culture together.

We look forward to seeing you all there.

This event is sponsored by Aspris & Son, wine, beer and spirits merchants; Hellenic Bakery and Hellenic Gourmet; Sarrani, experts in property insurance repairs; Varosi Lettings and Estates, with guaranteed rental scheme.


Article written by London Greek Radio

Christina Ellinas has wowed the judges with her performance to ‘Lullaby’ by Sigala ft Paloma Faith in her audition on The Voice UK.

The third instalment of the series last weekend saw Tom Jones heap praise for the singer.

Before auditioning, the 27-year-old former flight attendant told viewers she was “Greek Cypriot” and her beaming smile and bubbly personality clearly made a good impression on the studio audience.

Christina was born in Liverpool and lives in London. She has performed in several pubs in Camden, singing acoustic covers of big names in the industry, such as Whitney Housten, Rita Ora, Coldplay and Zayn Malik.

On last week’s show, she only required one judge to “turn around” in order to make it through to the next stage of the competition, but Will.i.am, Tom Jones and Olly Murs all turned around!

Olly Murs in his performance reaction to Christina said, “That was amazing. Fantastic audition. I love your voice, love the energy, I love looking around and seeing the place feel alive.”

Tom Jones commented: “I love what you did (with your voice) your in control of that song. I couldn’t find any fault with you at all.”

Christina chose Will.i.am as her coach, who she once met on a flight she was working on.

Will.i.am recollected “The year 2012 or 13…” when he met Christina at the airport lounge. That for sure is a pretty happy coincidence.

Christina was supported by her grandmother in the ‘holding area’ with hostess Emma Willis.

Grandma appeared delighted at seeing Christina’s progression to the next round.

Christina mentioned on the show that she enjoyed cooking Cypriot dishes with her grandma.

The singer plays the piano and has an Official Facebook and YouTube channel.

London Greek Radio wishes Christina the best of luck in the talent show.


Article written by London Greek Radio

Tamta Goduadze will represent Cyprus at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv in May.

The Cypriot broadcaster CyBC announced the female artist and song a few weeks ago, ending weeks of speculation.

Tamta will sing ‘Replay‘, a pop-dance, up-tempo number.  Her entry is penned by Greek-Swedish hitmaker Alex Papaconstantiou, aka ‘Alex P‘, the man behind Eleni Fouriera’s ‘Fuego’ – the impressive runners-up from last year, along with Sweden-based songwriters Teddy Skye, Viktor Svensson, Kristoffer “Bonn” Fogelmark and Albin Nedler.

Tamta, 38, was born and raised in Georgia, where she started singing at the age of five and moved to Greece at the age of 20.  After singing on a TV reality talent contest, she was signed by a major record label in Greece and has a back catalog of several hits.

The sure-fire Eurovision track is believed to be exactly moulded for Tamta’s signature pop-style credentials.

CyBC chiefs felt that Tamta was right for this year’s contest as she is perceived earnestly to have the “complete package” that comprises of a strong ‘live’ singer and entertaining act.

The Cypriot tune will be officially released in February or March, further maximising Eurovision fans excitement.

Cyprus also returns with Eurovision artistic stage director Sacha Jean-Baptise, the woman behind ‘Fuego’.  She will be tasked with elevating Tamta’s stage routine ensuring that it will translate into points on the scoreboard.

The Head of the Cypriot delegation, Evi Papamichael explained that a big named artist would be a necessary solution to answer the Eurovision’s competitiveness, amidst so many countries, which numbers 42 this year.  She said that Tamta was the broadcaster’s preference this year.

Tamta has had a long-time quest to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest and almost came close to achieving it on previous occasions.  In 2007 Tamta was pipped to the post by Cypriot singer Sarbel, in Greece’s Eurovision heat stages, with the ballad ‘With Love’.  In 2016, she missed the deadline for the Greek selection process by a few hours with the subsequently-released track ‘Unloved’.

Tamta felt it an incredible honour to be representing Cyprus, a nation which has always strongly supported her music endeavours and undertaking this bold task, was a way of her giving something back to her Cypriot fan-base.

Having released four studio albums (including a Best Of) and multiple hit singles, Tamta is frequently heard on the LGR airwaves.

For all of your Eurovision news on Cyprus, make sure you regularly check back to lgr.co.uk and tune in to hear “Replay” on LGR in the coming weeks.

London Greek Radio wish Tamta and the Cypriot delegation the very best of luck in the competition.


Article written by Tony Neophytou

Welcome to our guide to New Year’s Eve events in London. Are you thinking of a night out this New Year’s Eve, well the team at London Greek Radio rounds-up a few ideas

On Monday 31st December London Greek Radio are hosting our first NEW YEARS EVE at the Country Club Trent Park in Oakwood. 9 pm till 4 in the morning.

Join us for the party of the festive season, featuring DJ Magis on the decks and live musical entertainment by Cypriot Greek singer Mixalis Theodosiou.

Mixalis is expected to fire-up the atmosphere for what is said to be one of the biggest live Greek parties of the year.

DJ Magis will be mixing Greek & English hits, all night long. Fusing all the best Modern Laika, Greek Club, Greek Classics and Zeimbekika with all the biggest English hits of the decade.

Standard tickets are available for £25. For table packages please contact Vassoula at London Greek Radio on: 0208 349 6963.

Event tickets are available to purchase below. See the website link… Or to avoid paying the online booking fee, tickets can also be purchased over the phone by calling LGR on 0208 349 6963.

http://www.lgr.co.uk/lgr-presents-nye-at-the-country-club/

This event is strictly over-18s only.

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Vasilis Saleas at NYE Live Event AND 1st January 2019 Piccadilly Birmingham

Party London Anna presents a live and exclusive evening with the well-known songwriter/composer Vasilis Saleas and his team of fellow-musicians. Vasilis will duet with Titi Mousika on clarinet; Sarantis Saleas, Efi Panou and Aggeliki Polizou. At Crystal Hall, Gate W5, 1 Poppin Business Centre, South Way, Wembley, HA9 0HB; and on 1st January 2019 at Piccadilly Banqueting Suite, 372 Stratford Road, Sparkhill, Birmingham, B11 4AB.

An impressive menu with free drinks…

To book your place and for further info 07999 955 770 or 07366 428 130.

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Inside Out Eventz NYE 2018 at The Decorium

DJ Sooty with live performances by Elizabeth Chapman at The Decorium, 22 Western Road, Wood Green N22 6UH. 4 Course meal, fruit, tea/coffee & midnight vasilopita 8pm-2:30 am £80 adults/under 12’s £50 inclusive with food, or entry only £25 with seating 10pm-2:30 am. Ticket sales & info 020 3356 7777.

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The Greek Cypriot Women’s Organisation in Wightman Road NYE Party 

The long-established Cypriot association are proud to announce, their massive party welcoming 2019 in Greek style! Good food and live music from Laiko-fused band, Prosfiges. Entry £35. Starts 7:30 pm. To book your tickets or for more info call 0740 440 3597 or 0794 041 9569. At the Greek Cypriot Women’s Organisation, Denmark Road, N8 0DZ, corner of Wightman Road.

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George Gregoriou and Nikos Savvides NYE at The Cypriot Community Centre

The much-loved and well-known duo, George Gregoriou and Nikos Savvides will be performing at The Cypriot Community Centre, Earlham Grove, Wood Green, N22 5HJ, for info 0208 881 2329.

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NYE at Panorama Restaurant, Whetstone, featuring Valentino on bouzouki/singing

1174 High Road, N20 0LH, for info 020 8446 6444.

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NYE 2018 at The Penridge Suite

Chris Theoharous is the DJ on the night till late, with a dinner and dance set-up, organised by The Penridge Suite. 020 8362 0880.

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The Greek Cypriot Brotherhood NYE Event

The band of Nikos Siakolas will be in live performance, barbeque, and meze courtesy of Sotiris Kampanelas, till the early hours.

To reserve your place 020 8445 7070, or 07956 257 606.


Article written by London Greek Radio