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Top 40 London Greek Radio Airplay Chart. The definitive chart rundown this month, June, 2021.

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

Spinning the best new hit music and timeless favourites…

1 Loukas Giorkas – Gia Tin Ellada [NEW]
2 Kaity Garbi, Dionsis Schoinas – Atofio Chrysafi
3 Sakis Rouvas – Pare Me Agkalia
4 Konstantinos Christoforou – S’ Ena Tetarto
5 Mad Clip & Eleni Foureira – Mporei
6 Michalis Hatzigiannis – Kanenas Monos [NEW]
7 Panos Kalidis – San Trelos
8 Josephine – Paliopaido
9 Giorgos Sabanis – Tipota
10 Evita Sereti, Stamatis Gonidis – I Agapi Einai Charisma [NEW]

11 Konstantinos Argiros – Paraskevi Proi
12 Giorgos Kakosaios – I Mia
13 Petros Iakovidis – Mou Lipses Poli
14 Josephine – 100%
15 Alcatrash – Eisai Oti Echo [NEW]
16 Anna Vissi – Loulouki
17 Christos Menidiatis – Teleftaia Agkalia
18 Giorgos Tsalikis – Esy Ti Na Mou Peis [NEW]
19 Stan – Ki An
20 Helena Paparizou – Gia Poia Agapi [NEW]

21 Giorgos Papadopoulos – Pote Tha Se Do
22 Melisses – Pou ‘nai I Agapi
23 Stavento, Ivi Adamou – Gia Sena [NEW]
24 Gianna Terzi, Paschalis Terzis – Gia Sena Mono [Rania Kostaki RMX]
25 Christos Mastoras, Pix Lax – Na Me Thimithis [NEW]
26 Nikos Oikonomopoulos – Proti Thesi [NEW]
27 Nikos Makropoulos – Kainourgia Premiera
28 Giannis Ploutarhos – Monos Mou
29 Panos Kiamos, Anastasios Rammos – Sta Hirotera
30 Onirama, Locomondo – Kalokairi [NEW]

31 Melina Aslanidou, Glykeria – Ftani Kai Perisevi
32 Gorgos Livanis – Thelo Ki Alla [NEW]
33 Anna Vissi, Babis Stokas – Ki Omos Den Teleionei [NEW]
34 Antonis Remos – Otan Se Rotisane
35 Markella – Fila Me [NEW]
36 Konstantinos Pantelidis – Ki An Me Miso
37 Nikiforos – Pes [NEW]
38 Antonis Remos – Ego Gennithika Xana [NEW]
39 Iasonas Mandilas – Apithano
40 Konstantinos Koufos – La Miami [NEW]

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Top 40 London Greek Radio Airplay Chart. The definitive chart rundown this month, May, 2021, is here.

This month’s biggest, most in demand hit songs.
Spinning the best new hit music and favourite tunes right now

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Original. Authentic. Station

1 Konstantinos Christoforou – S’ Ena Tetarto
2 Kaity Garbi, Dionsis Schoinas – Atofio Chrysafi
3 Anna Vissi – Loulaki
4 Stefania – Last Dance [Greece Eurovision Song Contest 2021]
5 Elena Tsagrinou – El Diablo [Cyprus Eurovision Song Contest 2021]
6 Stan – Ki An
7 Josephine – Paliopaido
8 Panos Kalidis – San Trelos
9 Petros Iakovidis – Mou Lipses Poli
10 Melina Aslanidou, Glykeria – Ftani Kai Perisevi

11 Giorgos Kakosaios – I Mia
12 Konstantinos Argiros – Paraskevi Proi
13 Josephine – 100% [NEW]
14 Giorgos Papadopoulos – Pote Tha Se Do
15 Giorgos Sabanis – Tipota [NEW]
16 Christos Menidiatis – Teleftaia Agkalia
17 Konstantinos Pantelidis – Kairo Tora Paei
18 Nikos Oikonomopoulos – Emena Na Akous
19 Nikos Vertis – Koita
20 Christos Menidiatis – Teleftaia Agkalia

21 Melisses – Pou ‘nai I Agapi
22 Lampis Livieratos – 15 Grammta
23 Haris Alexiou, Onirama – Ximeronei
24 Sakis Rouvas – Pare Me Agkalia [NEW]
25 Mad Clip & Eleni Foureira – Mporei [NEW]
26 Panos Kiamos, Anastasios Rammos – Sta Hirotera
27 Nikos Makropoulos – Kainourgia Premiera [NEW]
28 Stelios Dionisiou, Filippos Pilatsikas, Pix Lax – Diafani Agapi
29 Giannis Ploutarhos – Monos Mou
30 Iasonas Mandilas – Apithano [NEW]

31 Freedom Fighters, Stamatis Gonidis, Vasilis Dimas – Siko Kai Zise
32 Dimitra Galani – O Vythos Sou
33 Antonis Remos – Otan Se Rotisane
34 Elli Kokkinou – Kapoia Mera [NEW]
35 Natasa Theodoridou – Paradothika Se Sena
36 Pegky Zina – Anatropi
37 Despina Vandi – Petra
38 Gianna Terzi, Paschalis Terzis – Gia Sena Mono [Rania Kostaki RMX]
39 Petros Imvrios – Thelo Na To Mathoun Oloi [NEW]
40 Valentinos Valeas – Skeftomai Pws Eisal M Allon [NEW]

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Tonight’s Eurovision Grand Final sees Helena Paparizou in a one-off ‘Rock the Roof’ interval act for this year’s competition.

16 years later since Greece’s first Eurovision winner, in 2005, with the still-brilliant ‘My Number One’.

And just hours after celebrating her Orthodox Greek name, she’s in for a weekend of celebration with Eurovision fans world-wide.

‘Rock the Roof’ will be a spectacular interval performance featuring six previous winners of the Eurovision song contest.

The former champions will perform their winning songs across three unique arenas in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

The roofs of party venue Maassilo, Hotel New York and the iconic Boijmans Van Beuningen Depot museum will be transformed into sky-high stages for the performers.

The other winners involved are Lenny Kuhr (De Troubadour, Netherlands 1969), Teach-In with Getty Kaspers (Ding-a-dong, Netherlands 1975), Sandra Kim (J’aime La Vie, Belgium 1986), Lordi (Hard Rock Hallelujah, Finland 2006) and Måns Zelmerlöw (Heroes, Sweden 2015).

EBU press release outlines: “The winners will perform their song from three unique locations in the Eurovision Song Contest host city Rotterdam. The roofs of the Maassilo, Hotel New York and the Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen will be transformed into a stage, lifting the six former winners to new heights. Hence the name of the act: ‘Rock the Roof’.”

Head of Show Gerben Bakker said: “The Eurovision Song Contest is back after a year of absence. Reason enough to treat the millions of viewers to unique performances from three locations in the middle of the city. The title of this great act is ‘Rock the Roof’ for a reason. By literally filming at great heights, we want to surprise Europe creatively and visually. In addition, I could not have wished for a better city than Rotterdam. Every shot in this city is a hit. Rotterdam will not soon be forgotten.”

“Because this is the 65th Eurovision Song Contest, we are taking a journey through time. Of course we give Dutch winners such as Lenny Kuhr and Getty Kaspers this unique podium with a lot of love. We are particularly proud that Teach-In reunites in the original line-up after a very long time. Every performance has its own unique atmosphere.”

Cyprus, Greece, the UK
Cyprus’ singer Elena Tsagrinou with ‘El Diablo’ have the honour of opening the contest, slot #1. Greece’s Stefania Liberakakis with ‘Last Dance’ is up at slot #10. Elsewhere, UK’s act James Newman, with ‘Embers’ in the running order of 26 is at slot number #9.

The Eurovision Song Contest Final 2021, Saturday 22nd May, at 8pm BST

Photo credit: Panos Giannakopoulos


Article written by Tony Neophytou

Greek singer Stefania on Thursday night qualified for the Eurovision Song Contest Final with her song Last Dance‘.

18-year-old Stefania Liberakakis had taken to the Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam. She was born in Utrecht in the Netherlands to Greek parents from Sofiko Evrou in Greece.

‘Last Dance’ is a 80s slight retro-uptempo catchy song, current and mainstream. The Eurovision-friendly hit which has entered London Greek Radio playlists.

It a progressive well-built song, atmospheric and up-tempo on top of swirling hooks. Stefania dramatically drips over a cocktail of bass lines, scintillating strings and a “Ooh oh oh” refrain drives the up-beat vibes.

LGR’s Tony Neophytou said, “Last Dance is a really pretty song, very melodic. It is catchy and very captivating as a Eurovision song requires”.

The Eurovision veteran Dimitris Kontopoulos and music production ARCADE, composed and produced the tune, with lyrics by Sharon Vaughn. Teaming up with creative director Fokas Evangelinos has certainly proved fruitful, and with his reputation as the innovative stage creator, Greece has an ace up their sleeve.

The hi-tech wizardry and green screen performance: the digital invisible dancers which look really cool. At one point Stefania climbs invisible stairs against a futouristic city landscape.

The four dancers, Giorgos Papadopoulos, Marcos Giakoumoglou, Nikos Koukakis and Kostas Pavlopoulos.

It is very slick and visually arresting, and unique than anything else in this year’s Eurovision line-up.

Mr Neophytou’s view, “Stefania’s teen pop looks, talent and telegenic, likeable, approachable personality, are good assets to this pop-package. The wink to the camera was a sweet touch”.

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.

Stefania sang fourth in the running order and gave a strong performance of the dance number.

The announcement of the 10 qualifying songs was a nail-biter, with Greece ninth to be announced.

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

Bookmakers and fan polls had predicted that Greece would make it through this highly competitive semi-final.

Greek fashion designer Vrettos Vrettakos, fits Stefania into a violet glitter outfit, she’s got real teen pop star looks. The team consists too, of Giannis Mourikis, as the set designer. George Segredakis, who’s designed the costumes of the dancers. Asterman Company, who’s undertook the creation of graphics.

In 2016, Stefania represented The Netherlands at Junior Eurovision in Malta, as part of the three-piece girl group Kisses. Their upbeat song ‘Kisses and Dancin’ placed eighth in the contest.

Amongst the other qualifiers was Switzerland’s Gjon’s Tears ‘Tout L’univers’ ballad number. The Icelandic song ’10 Years’ also qualified and is now sixth favourite to go the distance and win on Saturday.

The other qualifying songs were from San Marino, Moldova, Albania, Serbia, Finland, Portugal and Bulgaria.

Greece are at slot number #10, in the final. Meanwhile, Cyprus’ singer Elena Tsagrinou with ‘El Diablo’ has the honour of opening the night, slot #1. Elsewhere, UK’s James Newman with ‘Embers’ in the running order of 26 at slot number #9.

London Greek Radio wishes Stefania and Greece the best of luck in the Eurovision.

* Pic: Stefania celebrates after securing a place in the final in Rotterdam, in the second semi-final for the Eurovision Song Contest. 

Cyprus qualifies for 2021 Eurovision Final


Article written by Tony Neophytou

Tonight Greece compete in the Second Semi-Final of Eurovision which airs at 8pm BST.

18-year-old Stefania Liberakakis takes to the Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam in her country of birth. She was born in Utrecht in the Netherlands to Greek parents from Sofiko Evrou in Greece.

She is a fresh, very talented young lady and ‘Last Dance’ is a really good 80’s retro up-tempo song. The radio-friendly hit, current, mainstream, which has entered London Greek Radio playlists.

It a progressive well-built song, atmospheric and up-tempo on top of swirling hooks. Stefania dramatically drips over a cocktail of bass lines, scintillating strings and a “Ooh oh oh” refrain drives the up-beat vibes. She is a very good vocalist and in rehearsals Stefania nails a big note at the end of this song.

She is likeable, amenable, telegenic, even gives a cheeky wink to camera, all in all, a lovely pop-package.

LGR’s Tony Neophytou said, “Last Dance is actually a pretty song, very melodic. It’s catchy and very captivating as a Eurovision song requires.”

The Eurovision veteran Dimitris Kontopoulos and music production ARCADE, composed and produced the tune, with lyrics by Sharon Vaughn. Teaming up with creative director Fokas Evangelinos has certainly proved fruitful, and with his reputation as the innovative stage creator, Greece has an ace up their sleeve.

The staging is immensely creative, with its hi-tech, green screen wizardry. The digital invisible dancers with hoodies or other bodily parts are fun elements, which look really cool. At one point Stefania climbs invisible steps, and there’s a bit Stefania and her dancers come together as song progresses.

It’s 80’s aesthetics with blues/purple neon and a city skyscraper, which works with the retro feel to this song.

The four dancers, confirmed as Giorgos Papadopoulos, Marcos Giakoumoglou, Nikos Koukakis and Kostas Pavlopoulos.

It is visually arresting, very different and unique than anything else in this year’s Eurovision line-up.

The Eurovision odds favouring Greece as 10th or so in winning outright, and 4th as a semi-final favourite to advance through to Saturday night.

It has been 8 years since Greece was a Top 10 in the finals, 2013’s, still-great ‘Alcohol is Free’. The team have pulled out all the stops to qualify and to conquer the left-side scoreboard.

In Mr Neophytou’s view, “The stage act is a very slick, professional, and the creativity is really good. It’s a catchy Eurovision song and enjoyable, let’s hope the public has the appetite to lap this up!”

Greek fashion designer Vrettos Vrettakos, fits Stefania into a violet glitter outfit, she’s got real teen pop star looks. The team consists too, of Giannis Mourikis, as the set designer. George Segredakis, who’s designed the costumes of the dancers. Asterman Company, who’s undertook the creation of graphics.

In 2016, Stefania represented The Netherlands at Junior Eurovision in Malta, as part of the three-piece girl group Kisses. Their upbeat song ‘Kisses and Dancin’ placed eighth in the contest.

The Top 10 qualifying countries are through to Saturday night’s sing-off.

Stefania performs in the running order of 17 at slot number #4.

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


Article written by Tony Neophytou

Cyprus’ singer Elena Tsagrinou on Tuesday night qualified for the Eurovision Song Contest Final with her song ‘El Diablo’.

The entry is penned by producer Jimmy “Joker” Thornfeldt, a Swedish Grammy-Award winner. He collaborates on the tune with Laurell Barker, Oxa, and Thomas Stengaard.

It is a radio-friendly hit, current and mainstream, which has entered London Greek Radio playlists.

The fun number stirs with a hidden message, she’s in a toxic relationship with a “bad boy” or even “aliti” in Greek. She somehow escapes the wrong’un by the end of this song.

The refrain that would even make a Yorkshire terrier twerk on demand sinks in, you realise ‘El Diablo’ is just as catchy and addictive as anything on the Eurovision line-up this year.

LGR’s Tony Neophytou’s said, “The Cypriot song is really catchy and is instantaneous which a Eurovision song requires.”

Of the 16 competing countries, Cyprus was one of the 10 that gained enough votes from professional juries and the public to advance to Saturday night’s sing-off.

Elena sang eighth in the running order and gave a strong performance of the catchy up-tempo bop. Elena’s dynamic singing and dancing act, with her four female dancers Chali Jennings, Liolia Kerogli, Paraskevi Karataidou and Mariia Sharafetdinova.

It is a very slick stage show, with features like a great mirror-effect and extremely punchy red colours, even fire-lit flames.

Mr Neophytou’s view, “Elena’s energetic performance and a likeable demeanour helps sell this song. It is very slick and well-done. I think it might get a pretty decent result, potentially Top 10 finish, a result Cypriots would be proud of.”

Elena seems a lovely person and likeable and approachable which helps sell the song.

She finishes with a sideways knowing glance to camera, which is a sweet touch.

Cyprus will be staged with the help of Austrian artistic director Marvin Dietmann who helped Austria to a Eurovision triumph in 2014 with their song ‘Rise Like a Phoenix’.

The announcement of the 10 qualifying songs was a nail-biter, with Cyprus seventh to be announced.

This is the sixth time that Cyprus has qualified for a Eurovision since 2015.

Bookmakers and fan polls had predicted that Cyprus would make it through this highly competitive semi-final.

Amongst the other qualifiers was Malta’s Destiny up-tempo fun number with ‘Je Me Casse’. The Ukrainian song ‘Shum’ also qualified and is now fourth favourite to go the distance and win on Saturday.

The other qualifying songs were from Lithuania, Russia, Sweden, Norway, Belgium, Israel, Azerbaijan.

Elena began her music career in 2008 as the lead soloist of the Greek band OtherView, before pursuing a solo career after she left them in 2018.

Elena is signed to Panik Records one of Greece’s biggest music labels in Greece, and Cyprus, releasing many hits which are much-loved modern hits heard on the LGR air-waves.

It’s now full steam ahead for Team Cyprus towards Saturday night, and beyond that… to stick-to-it’s winning formulae in 2022!

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

*Pic: Elena Tsagrinou celebrates after securing a place in the final in Rotterdam, in the first semi-final for the Eurovision Song Contest. Her female dancers and head of the Cypriot delegation Evi Papamichael in the green room.


Article written by Tony Neophytou

Its that Eurovision time of year. Tonight Cyprus compete in the First Semi-Final for Eurovision, which airs at 8pm BST.

26-year-old Greek singer Elena Tsagrinou takes to the Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam in slot #8 out of 16 countries.

El Diablo‘ is an up-tempo, dance-pop song, current and mainstream. It is a radio-friendly hit, which has entered London Greek Radio playlists.

The entry is penned by producer Jimmy “Joker” Thornfeldt, a Swedish Grammy-Award winner. He collaborates on the tune with Laurell Barker, Oxa, and Thomas Stengaard.

The refrain that would even make a Yorkshire terrier twerk on demand sinks in, you realise ‘El Diablo’ is just as catchy and addictive as anything on the Eurovision line-up this year.

LGR’s Tony Neophytou’s said, “The Cypriot song is really catchy and is instantaneous which a Eurovision song requires.”

Elena Tsagrinou found time aside from rehearsals and told London Greek Radio, “The people behind the Cypriot team are exceptional and professional individuals. Panik records label every step has assisted me in this entire process. I instantly thought this was a strong song and felt it was exactly competitive enough, which a Eurovision song requires [translated].”

We are told there is a deeper meaning about someone who’s fallen in love with a “bad boy” or even “aliti” in Greek. CyBC in a statement said the song describes an abusive relationship and what it means to be a victim of this abuse. “The song represents the age-old battle between good and evil and it speaks of a problematic relationship between a man and woman who suffers from Stockholm Syndrome – the psychological condition when a victim of abuse identifies and bonds with their abuser – who seeks help to get out and the truth always shines.”

The Eurovision odds have favoured Cyprus’ entry as 5th most likely winner in this year’s Eurovision line-up. The entry moreover is a Semi-Final favourite with Malta, Ukraine and Lithuania, and no doubt Cypriot avid fans are cock-a-hoop at knowing the island’s entry is so well-received at this pre-contest stage.

Last night jurors already cast their votes in a dress-rehearsal, meaning half-of-all-votes have been allocated, it’s up to the public to have their say now.

Elena Tsagrinou, is telegenic, star-of-the-stage performance, seductive, and sultry which suits the song. Elena seems a lovely person and likeable and approachable which are good assets, to this whole package.

The Athenian songstress is a pop-package as a strong performance artist and vocalist. Stylist-to-the-stars Celia Kritharioti has fitted Elena into a sparkly silver-outfit. Elena has four female dancers Chali Jennings [choreographer], Liolia Kerogli, Paraskevi Karataidou and Mariia Sharafetdinova. Her dancers are in red cat-suits against a fiery red backdrop which suits the song.

It’s a very slick and professional stage show for Cyprus’ up-tempo fun song. The precise staging makes good a mirror prop, which is basically mirroring dancers and Elena which is a cool effect. She finishes with a sideways knowing glance to camera, which is a sweet touch.

Cyprus will be staged with the help of Austrian artistic director Marvin Dietmann who helped Austria to a Eurovision triumph in 2014 with their song ‘Rise Like a Phoenix’.

Mr Neophytou’s view, “Elena’s energetic performance and a likeable demeanour help this song. It is very slick and well-done. It is a decent song and I think the result will be pretty decent, potentially a Top 10 finish, a result Cypriots would be proud of.”

Cyprus is defending a qualification streak since 2015, without a pause. The Cypriot delegation will be quietly optimistic about their qualifying chances for a sixth year.

LGR’s ‘Eurovision guru’ spelt it out, “The chances at qualification are pretty good and in a semi-final with competition in this genre. The catchier Cypriot song and elevated staging helps to sell it, let’s hope the public reciprocates with a few votes its way.”

Elena began her music career in 2008 as the lead soloist of the Greek band OtherView, before pursuing a solo career after she left them in 2018.

CyBc bosses have stuck to the successful formulae, of internally picking artist and song-package. Elena is signed to Panik Records one of Greece’s biggest music labels in Greece, and Cyprus, releasing many hits which are much-loved modern hits heard on the LGR air-waves.

Elena performs in the running order of 16 at slot number 8.

The Top 10 qualifying countries are through to the Final on Saturday 22nd May, on BBC One.

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


Article written by Tony Neophytou

Greece named 18-year-old Stefania Liberakakis as the 2021 Greek artist at the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam in The Netherlands.

The Greek broadcaster ERT announced Stefania at Eurovision’s Second Semi-Final, at Rotterdam’s Ahoy Arena, this May. She was born in Utrecht in the Netherlands to Greek parents from Sofiko Evrou in Greece.

The re-selection of Stefania should mean her chance to shine following 2020’s cancelled contest, due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Stefania’s song ‘Superg!rl’ that edition hit the buffers with the lack of Eurovision last year.

‘Last Dance’ is an 80’s slight retro up-tempo pop song, with catchy hooks, and on trend with music now. The radio friendly hit, which has entered London Greek Radio playlists.

A timely song about new starts or beginnings which are echoed in the “This ain’t our last dance” choruses, which reflects renewed sense of optimism, amid post-lockdown.

It a progressive well-built song, which initially starts slow atmospheric and then up-tempo on top of swirling hooks. Stefania dramatically drips over a cocktail of bass lines, scintillating strings and a “Ooh oh oh” refrain drives the up-beat vibes.

It shows off Stefania’s vocal range and she is a sympathetic and likeable.

The Eurovision veteran Dimitris Kontopoulos and music production ARCADE, composed and produced the tune, with lyrics by Sharon Vaughn. Teaming up with creative director Fokas Evangelinos has certainly proved fruitful, and with his reputation as the innovative stage creator, Greece has an ace up their sleeve.

The hi-tech staging has a few tricks with green screen, visual effects, which look impressive. It’s 80’s aesthetics with blues/purple neon and compliments the song’s vibes. There’s a city sky-scraper, or landscape in the backdrop.

Stefania is a strong performance artist, gives a cheeky wink to the camera and interacts with the public. She wears a cool purple catsuit, thanks to top Greek fashion designer Vrettos Vrettakos. The staging with digital invisible dancers looks pretty cool. The four dancers confirmed, as Nikos Koukakis, Marcus Giakoumoglou, Kostas Pavlopoulos, Giorgos Papadopoulos. At one point Stefania climbs the invisible stairs, the whole package, looks effective and it’s a slick, polished performance.

LGR’s Tony Neophytou said, “Stefania’s sincerity, talent, and telegenic looks are positive assets. It’s undeniably Eurovision competitive and captivating. Catchy hooks and effective staging elevates it, let’s hope the public has the appetite to lap it up”.

A well-made, music video ‘Last Dance’ with its cinematic aesthetics looks good indeed. There are a lot of ideas from Greek mythology unlike anything else and is creating a futuristic other worldly, thanks to the filmmaker Kostas Karidas. Stefania is at cross-roads in Athens at night, it’s eerily quiet, we guess, its lockdown. She leaps off a roof-top and is flying with Pegasus the winged horse, she’s carried off to the imagined world and there meets Atlas a Titan holding up the ‘universe’. All around her are dancing figures glowing in white, it’s futuristic and a dream-state, which the plot requires.

Stefania performs in the running order of 17 at slot number 4.

In 2016, Stefania represented The Netherlands at Junior Eurovision in Malta, as part of the three-piece girl group Kisses. Their upbeat song ‘Kisses and Dancin’ placed eighth in the contest.

Greece compete in the Eurovision Second Semi-Final which airs on Thursday 20th May on BBC4. The final is broadcast on Saturday 22nd May, at 8pm BST on BBC1.

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


Article written by Tony Neophytou

After weeks of teasing the world with only the title ‘El Diablo’, the Cyprus Eurovision entry by Elena Tsagrinou has finally been released.

We were promised an up-tempo track which would be catchy and Elena has certainly lived up that script, releasing her official contest song for ‘El Diablo’ weeks ago.

Cypriot broadcaster CyBC confirmed that Greek star Elena Tsagrinou would fly the flag at the Eurovision Song Contest in The Netherlands in November last year. The 26-year-old Athenian songstress will perform in the Eurovision’s First Semi-Final, at Rotterdam’s Ahoy Arena this May.

The entry is penned by producer Jimmy “Joker” Thornfeldt, a Swedish Grammy-Award winner. He collaborates on the tune with Laurell Barker, Oxa, and Thomas Stengaard.

The up-tempo pop-dance feels current and mainstream. The radio friendly hit, which has entered London Greek Radio playlists. It is a competitive song, which no doubt is helping with its hopes and chances of qualifying and on the left-side scoreboard.

The talented songwriters have said that Spanish title ‘El Diablo’ [“Devil”], is a metaphor, which refer to a ‘bad boy’ in this context or even “aliti” in Greek.

LGR’s Tony Neophytou’s said, “Cyprus have a really catchy song with a useful hook and is instantaneous which a Eurovision song requires. The track starts with the chorus straight away, enhancing the immediate and instant nature of this song.”

The song is about a woman crying out for help after falling in love with a ‘bad boy’ known as ‘El Diablo’ and coming to identify with and bond with her abuser.

Elena playfully purrs with whisper-like prayer asking for help “Mamacita tell me what to do…” in the pre-choruses.

The children’s nursery chant in the middle eight sounds eerily scary and is a touch of fun.

CyBC in a statement said the song describes an abusive relationship and what it means to be a victim of this abuse. “The song represents the age-old battle between good and evil and it speaks of a problematic relationship between a man and woman who suffers from Stockholm Syndrome – the psychological condition when a victim of abuse identifies and bonds with their abuser – who seeks help to get out and the truth always shines.”

Cyprus will be staged with the help of Austrian artistic director Marvin Dietmann who helped Austria to a Eurovision triumph in 2014 with their song ‘Rise Like a Phoenix’.

The involvement of the Austrian creative highlights the Cypriot ambition to impress at this competition.

Elena Tsagrinou said, “My professional team is working extremely hard, with strict disciplined five-hour rehearsals every day for a while. My mindset feels like that of an athlete that is training for something huge, like this contest [translated].”

Mr Neophytou’s view, “Cyprus chances at qualifying are good and in a semi-final with competition in this genre. The catchier Cypriot song, and elevated staging helps to sell it, let’s hope the song qualifies.”

The Cypriot delegation will be quietly optimistic about their qualifying chances for a sixth year. The best ever runners-up result with Eleni Foureira’s ‘Fuego’ in 2018.

Elena is the star of the official music video with her dancing solo which suggests a complete package as a performance singer and stage artist. Her sassiness and seductive gazes are a nice, subtle touch, which the song requires. She is likeable, attractive, and telegenic which helps sell the song. Elena’s joined by her fellow male dancers as song climaxes, hoisted mid-air on the dancer’s shoulders.

Elena began her music career in 2008 as the lead soloist of the Greek band OtherView, before pursuing a solo career after she left them in 2018.

Cypriot chiefs have stuck to the successful formulae, of internally picking artist and song-package. Elena is signed to Panik Records one of Greece’s biggest music labels in Greece, and Cyprus, releasing many top hits from Cypriot and Greek artists which are everyday hits on the LGR air-waves.

Elena performs in the running order of 16 at slot number 8.

Cyprus competes in the First Eurovision Semi-Final which airs on Tuesday 18th May on BBC Four. The Top 10 qualifying counties through to the Final on Saturday 22nd May, on BBC One.

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


Article written by Tony Neophytou

Top 40 London Greek Radio Airplay Chart, APRIL 2021.
This month’s biggest, most in demand hit songs.
Spinning the best new hit music and current favourites…

London Greek Radio Est. 1989
Original. Authentic. Station

1 Konstantinos Christoforou S’ Ena Tetarto
2 Konstantinos Argiros – Paraskevi Proi [NEW]
3 Petros Iakovidis – Mou Lipses Poli
4 Panos Kalidis – San Trelos [NEW]
5 Anna Vissi – Loulaki
6 Josephine – Paliopaido
7 Nikos Vertis – Koita [NEW]
8 Katy Garbi, Dionisis Shinas – Atofio Hrisafi
9 Despina Vandi – Petra [NEW]
10 Melina Aslanidou, Glykeria – Ftani Kai Perisevi

11 Panos Kiamos, Anastasios Rammos – Sta Hirotera
12 Stan – Ki An
13 Giorgos Sampanis, Panos Katsimichas – Afto Pou Agapas
14 Stelios Rokkos – Den Fovithika
15 Giorgos Papadopoulos – Pote Tha Se Do
16 Haris Alexiou, Onirama – Ximeronei [NEW]
17 Melisses – Pou ‘nai I Agapi
18 Giorgos Kakosaios – I Mia
19 Nikos Oikonomopoulos – Emena Na Akous
20 Dimitra Galani – O Vythos Sou [NEW]

21 Konstantinos Pantelidis – Kairo Tora Paei
22 Giannis Ploutarhos – Monos Mou
23 Natasa Theodoridou – Exapsi
24 Pegky Zina – Anatropi [NEW]
25 Lampis Livieratos – 15 Grammta [NEW]
26 Antonis Remos – Otan Se Rotisane
27 Christos Menidiatis – Teleftaia Agkalia
28 Konstantinos Argiros – Tha ‘mai Edo
29 Elena Tsagrinou – El Diablo [Cyprus Eurovision Song Contest 2021]
30 Stefania – Last Dance [Greece Eurovision Song Contest 2021]

31 Vasilis Karras – Lene Gia Mena
32 Ivi Adamou, Giorgos Mazonakis – Fotia Mou
33 Anastasios Rammos – Oti Ki An Kano
34 Michalis Hatzigiannis – Min Argeis
35 Freedom Fighters, Stamatis Gonidis, Vasilis Dimas – Siko Kai Zise [NEW]
36 Ioulia Kallimani, Stamatis Gonidis – Gynaika Einai
37 Konstantinos Pantelidis – Ki An Me Miso
38 Petros Iakovidis – Mi Thymoneis
39 Alkistis Protopsalti – Nikites Chamenoi
40 Stelios Dionisiou, Pix Lax – Diafani Agapi [NEW]

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