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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.


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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.


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London Greek Radio (LGR) celebrates 29 years as a licensed radio station this month, just weeks after its 35th unofficial anniversary.

On 8th October 1983, LGR began transmitting to the Greek and Cypriot community, as a pirate radio station and officially joined the FM airwaves on 13th November 1989.

In the mid-1980s, tens of thousands of people signed a petition demonstrating the need for LGR to have a real presence within the community.  The signatures were handed to the relevant authorities which subsequently contributed to the station being licensed by the radio authorities.

The book, ‘London’s Pirate Pioneers’ by Stephen Hebditch tells the story of the capital’s pirate radio stations and the people who helped change the British broadcasting system.

He writes about LGR’s undeniable legacy in the eighties and the intense pressures it faced to shut the station down.  However, London Greek Radio became Britain’s first-ever licensed ethnic radio station upon being awarded its license.

Over the years, London Greek Radio has become steadfast to a wide range of listeners; from maturing-settlers-to-the-UK to the coming-of-age of British Greeks and Cypriots – connecting listeners to their roots through a carefully balanced programming of music, speech, entertainment and news.

Today, in addition to serving communities on 103.3FM, LGR has been taken into 21st-century broadcasting by joining the Digital Radio platform.

LGR can now be heard in four major cities on DAB+ (digital radio), namely London, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow, crossing into Scotland.

Furthermore, listeners extend worldwide at www.lgr.co.uk and the station has a free app for mobile devices which listeners can download from the App or Play stores embracing the ‘on-the-move’ audience.

LGR’s newly appointed Managing Director, Tony Psillou, said, “More listeners are discovering the ever-growing London Greek Radio family every day, not only Greek-speaking listeners but English, Jewish, Albanian, Arab, Bulgarian, Turkish, Russian and many more that frequently tune in.

He added, “LGR is undergoing a revamp with fresh ideas to attract an even wider audience.  Exciting times ahead ‘onwards and upwards’.”

LGR’s Chairman John Kyriakides, added, “With LGR’s edgier playlists of the biggest Greek and Cypriot tunes, Modern Laika, Greek Pop, Entehna, Golden-Oldies, Alternative, Folk and Current Chart Hits, we continue to serve the listener.

“It’s this enigmatic reason that the station remains the preferred choice in most Greek and Cypriot homes, offices, shops, factories, workplaces, vehicles and venues.”

On FM, Online, on your Mobile and On Digital Radio, This is LGR (London Greek Radio) THE HEARTBEAT OF THE GREEK COMMUNITY‘.

Happy Birthday LGR!


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The Management and Staff of London Greek Radio would like to invite you to their pre-Christmas Dinner & Dance, 2018. The festive season kicks-off with live music and food on Sunday 25 November at 6 pm. We are also excited to announce entertainment for this evening includes the renowned Cypriot singer Konstantina, for a 1-night exclusive performance. Not to mention live music by Elizabeth Chapman, George Gregoriou on bouzouki, Nikos Savvides on guitar and Giannakis on the keyboard.

LGR Dinner & Dance 2018…

Events like this offer the chance for our station to come together with the community and enjoy a fabulous evening. Moreover, through these events, we are able to renew and build a good relationship with both our listeners and the companies which work alongside us.

In 2018, 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.

Join us at The Penridge Suite, 470 Bowes Road, Arnos Grove, London N11 1NL. Doors open at 6pm, dinner will be served at 6:45pm.

Tickets are £35 & £40. For more information and Tickets please call London Greek Radio on 0208 349 6950!

We look forward to seeing you all there.

This event is sponsored by:

A.C.B.O Accountants in North London Business Park;
Barry Pylio – of Food Lovers Cooking Show;
Property Centre – Property, investment & management in Southgate & Bayswater;
Raphaels Bakery & Patisserie in Cockfosters;
S. Aspris & Son, wine, beer & spirit merchant;
SIX PAYMENT SERVICES a member of G.A.P. Vasilopoulos Group, the new safe payment solution;
The Highland Angus Steak House in Southgate;


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LGR Events Presents a tribute to legendary singer Stelios Kazantzidis for one night only, on Friday, 19th October from 7 pm, at the Cypriot Community Centre, Earlham Grove, Wood Green, London N22 5HJ.

Entertaining on the night are Savvakis Skouridis (vocals), Kitsio (bouzouki), Niko (keyboard), Mario (drums).

SOLD-OUT. Thank you for your tremendous support.

Kebabs or souvlakia and drinks on sale at low prices.

Music, dancing, in a pleasant and friendly atmosphere!

We look forward to seeing you all there!

Sponsored by Avalon, kitchens|bedrooms|bathrooms, Varosi Lettings and Estates in Tollington Park, Finsbury Park with over 450 properties in North and East London areas, and Pure Cyprus Restaurant bringing you authentic Greek cuisine in Goodwin Street, Finsbury Park


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The “British Cypriot” sitcom ‘Stath Lets Flats’ aired its first episode on Wednesday, 27th June on Channel 4.

The six-part quirky comedy is written by Jamie Demetriou and Robert Popper, centred on a Greek-Cypriot estate agent.

The subtle jokes, creative one-liners and a mild touch of slap-stick have earnt the series quite a following of fans. The unique-running gag is that Stath comes across as incompetent, impulsive and ambitious – in equal measure, and desperate to prove himself in the estate agent business to his Greek-Cypriot father.

It’s a timely take on the “bewildering” minefield of the London property market; realistically dealt with, in LGR’s ‘Property Show’, with Karl Knipe of The Kings Group, but you won’t find Stath bickering with a smelly tenant there!

The lovely Demetriou siblings Jamie and Natasia took time aside to visit LGR, with their Cypriot father Sotiris, from Koma Tou Gialou. They joined Vasilis Panayi live on-air and incidentally, London Greek Radio’s very own Vasilis excitingly-enough, shows up in the sixth episode of the TV series.

Star-of-the-show, “Stath”, played by Jamie Demetriou, said, “London Greek Radio has been playing in my house since I was a foetus” commenting on the station’s long-time serving of Greek-Cypriot culture and music.

Jamie’s real-life sister plays his fictional sister ‘Sophie’ and as the show progresses, it’s actually endearing to see their sibling relationship.

“Stath (Eftstathios), is a useless Greek-Cypriot letting agent. There’s a lot of Greek letting agencies and we wanted to base it in Green Lanes, but it’s set in Edgware, which also has a Greek community. It’s about their office ‘Michael & Eagle Estate Agency”, Jamie told LGR’s listeners.

Stath speaks with ‘London-Cypriot accent’, which complements his character and is an accent he once had as a young Cypriot.

“We are on London Greek Radio and I think that’s so relevant because so many have made a life here, and they’re Londoners so the character of Stath encapsulates it. He talks in a London accent with a bit of a ‘Greek twang’ to it, which a lot of people have, and I hope a lot of people can relate to that.” Jamie emphasised.

The Greek actor Christos Stergioglou plays Stath’s father Vaso; a witty, passionate patriarch who sprinkles a few Greek phrases in the script.

Jamie explained, “(Dad) has a Greece accent. He didn’t feel comfortable playing a Cypriot. He thought Cypriot people would be angry if he claimed that he was Cypriot because he’s Greek so we made the character half-Greek, half-Cypriot.”

Natasia who plays Sophie explained to listeners that the series was the result of years of hard work and serious determination, creating, and writing it.

Jamie added, “I wanted to make a TV show; me and my sister Tash came up with the idea for it… it was important for us to represent Greek and Greekness on TV with our show; it’s something we are very passionate about.”

This programme hinges on its strong quirky-trait characters narrative; primarily being something of a platform for portraying, or perceiving the Greek-Cypriot community in London.

Jamie concluded, “The community is a different way of putting it; I think it is Greek-Cypriot characters… flamboyant, wonderful, funny, caring characters; they’re all about family and love. We want to have them represented and there’s such a big Greek-Cypriot community… Greeks like to see Greeks represented.”

Stath Lets Flats’ continues on Wednesday 1st August at 10 pm on Channel 4.

The next ‘Property Show’ with Karl Knipe airs on Wednesday 5th September at 7.00pm on LGR.


Article written by Tony Neophytou

The Management and Staff of London Greek Radio would like to invite you to their Christmas Dinner & Dance, 2017. The start to the festive season we have live music and food on Saturday 2 December at 7 pm.

We are also excited to announce entertainment for this evening includes Giorgos Gerolymatos, all the way from Greece, for a 1 night exclusive performance. Not to mention live music by Nostalgia Greek Band!

Events like this offer the chance for our station to come together with the community and enjoy a fabulous evening. Moreover, through these events we are able to renew and build a good relationship with both our listeners and the companies which work alongside us.

In 2017, 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.

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

Tickets £30, £35, for more information and Tickets please call LGR on 0208 349 6950

7 pm ‘Till Late

We look forward to seeing you all there.

Wishing you, a happy start to the holiday season.

The event is sponsored by Caspian Lounge Sandwich Bar in North Finchley, Commeris UK Ltd the Mediterranean food experts, Panorama Greek Restaurant in Whetstone with Mediterranean cuisine at its best. Aspris & Son, the wine, beer & spirits merchants, Simon Fisher with a 50 year experience as a loss assessor, Taste of Cyprus in Palmers Green for a wide range of breads, sweets & pastries.


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Second-place for Cyprus in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest was a fantastic achievement for our tiny nation and the best ever result since 1981, which was Cyprus’ debut in the contest.

The world’s longest-running TV music competition saw Netta from Israel win with the song ‘Toy’, written and composed by Doron Medalie and Stav Beger. Israel’s entry received 529 points, followed by runner-up Cyprus with 436 points. The Cypriot tune was the bookies’ favourites in Eurovision week when Eleni’s rehearsals impressed on-lookers at the Altice Arena. All of a sudden, Cyprus was dominating the global networks with the spotlight on the island immensely helping it in all sorts of ways.

Eleni Foureira set the Eurovision scoreboard ablaze with the up-tempo song ‘Fuego’ managing Top 5 position with the jurors. It was a catchy track with an ethnic edge that swirled with clarinet riffs.

She received the full 12-points by jurors in Spain, Greece, Ireland, Belarus, Malta, and Sweden, with televoting 12-points from Armenia, Bulgaria and… Greece. The UK’s phone-vote gave the Cypriot tune 8 points. With such a robust British Cypriot community it was little wonder that Cyprus received strong televoting support in both the semi-final and final.

The voting had us at the edge of our seats and was very intense. It “went to the wire” with jurors ranking Israel third overall in the public’s opinion, and Cyprus fifth; the Top two favourites.

Eleni was very gracious, humbled and upbeat about the result, who said, “I am so happy, thank you so much.  Being second in Eurovision is like you win… This is the best position Cyprus ever had in the history of Eurovision. I feel like a winner.”

On the night, Eleni was awarded ‘Best Artistic Performance‘ in the Marcel Bezençon Awards. The award winners are announced only hours before the Eurovision live grand final.

The track, “Fuego”, released in March, stormed into the LGR playlist going straight to number one on the London Greek Radio Chart. Eleni’s back-catalogue of infectious hits has definitely made her one of the most prominent artists on the station’s track-listings.

The CyBC had announced Eleni as the Cypriot representative in February this year internally selecting the Greek pop singer. The tune was composed for the competition by Alex Papaconstantinou or Alex P, a Greek-Swedish producer. He collaborates on the tune with Geraldo Sandell, Viktor Svensson, Anderz Wrethov and Didrick.

The CyBC chiefs can feel justified in their selection of Eleni; it was a winning-package, a credible artist, with a current, effective pop song and one that showed off her incredible stage skills.

LGR acknowledge the work of the Cypriot delegation’s Evi Papamichael and all of their team; Alex Papaconstantinou, Panik Records, Jean Sacha-Baptiste and everyone else associated with this amazing result.


Article written by Tony Neophytou

Tonight, Cyprus competes at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, at the Altice Arena in Lisbon, starting at 8 pm BST, with its performance scheduled to be 25th out of the 26 countries, comprising of the Eurovision’s final line-up.

Eleni Foureira sings ‘Fuego‘; an up-tempo track with catchy beats and clarinet riffs adding a backbone to the stomping number, hoping to firmly put our small Mediterranean island on the Eurovision map.

Cyprus is currently the odds-on favourite to win the contest and crossing our fingers, toes… just about everything really, one of LGR’s presenters, Tony Neophytou, says, “Eurovision is our World Cup moment – it’s created so much buzz and excitement; it’s already a ‘winning song’ in that sense.”

Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (CyBC) Director, Michael Maratheftis said, “We would be delighted, willing and able to host Eurovision if it came to it”.

Eleni was overcome with emotion as Cyprus was announced as a qualifier in the first semi-final on Tuesday night.

The track, released in March, stormed into the LGR playlist, going straight to number one on the London Greek Radio Chart. Eleni’s back-catalogue of infectious pop hits have definitely made her one of the most prominent artists on the station’s track-listings.

Her team comprises Lovisa Bengtsson, Marlene Lindahl, and a backing-vocalist Teddy Sky (”off-stage”).

Eleni was born in Fier, Albania and is a Greek artist of Albanian origin. She has lived in Greece from a very young age when her family settled in Kallithea, Athens.

Eleni has always desired to be at Eurovision, revealing that it has always been a childhood dream of hers.  She’s previously come close to flying with the Greek colours at Eurovision – becoming runner-up in Greece’s 2010 ”Ethniko Teliko”, however, it did not diminish her Eurovision goal, which is lucky for Cyprus as she’s been handed a “killer track.”

Cyprus has never won Eurovision in its 35 years of participation; their best placing is 5th, with Anna Vissi (1982) Hara and Andros Constantinou (1997) and Lisa Andreas (2004). Other popular Cypriot singers have included Michalis Hatzigiannis, Constantinos Christoforou, Evridiki, Alexia, Ivi Adamou- all of whom have flown the nation’s flag.

Although Eleni is a Greek pop-star flying the Cypriot colours this year, conversely, it has worked the other way around with Cyprus’ Anna Vissi, Sarbel, Loukas Giorkas, Maria-Elena Kyriakou, all who have previously sung for Greece. This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone since the majority of our current wave of Greek music is made there.

The CyBC officials selected Eleni earlier this year because of her ‘skill-set’ as a charismatic performance-singer; she’s very likeable, which helps sell this upbeat song. The singer acknowledges ”all of the positivity” about her entry admitting she will do her best to achieve a ”historic milestone” in Cyprus’ Eurovision history.

The three-minute performance is incredibly well-staged with very slick, brilliantly choreographed energy. The dancing, given a boost by the visual effects and ”fires” shooting-up on either side of Eleni, will surely impress the worldwide audience.

The points are made up of 50% of music experts in all 43 countries, with the other being 50% from public televoting.

Her Cypriot entry is penned by composer Alex Papaconstantinou, or Alex P, a Greek-Swedish producer, well-known in Eurovision circles. He collaborates on the tune with Geraldo Sandell, Viktor Svensson, Anderz Wrethov and Didrick.

The Eurovision Song Contest Final takes place on Saturday 12th May, being broadcast by the BBC. London Greek Radio sincerely wishes Eleni Foureira the very best of luck in the competition.

Eleni Foureira To Represent Cyprus in Eurovision 2018 with Song ‘Fuego’


Article written by Tony Neophytou