Spring for Cyprus in Eurovision

Spring for Cyprus in Eurovision
Jon Lilygreen & The Islanders will represent Cyprus in Oslo. Photo courtesy of CyBC.
Nicosia, Cyprus -

The Cypriot representative in the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest is decided. The island will be defended in Oslo by Jon Lilygreen & The Islanders with Life Looks Better In Spring. The song was voted as number 1 by both the viewers and the jury.

In a two-hour show on Sunday night, Cyprus chose Jon Lilygreen & The Islanders as its champion for the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest. The winning song is a ballad called Life Looks Better In Spring, written by Nasos Lambrianidis and Melis Konstantinou, with Nasos Lambrianidis as the lyricist. In the show, the nine finalists performed in front of an enthusiastic studio audience.

The rules stated that only songwriters who have Cypriot origin or who have resided in the island for at least two years could take part. But the winning performer Jon Lilygreen is British, living in Newborn. His band, The Islanders, consists of musicians from Cyprus, Wales, Norway and Scotland.

The winner was decided by a shared vote between the viewers and a five-member professional jury, in which both had a 50% stake. Jon Lilygreen & The Islanders was voted as number 1 by both the viewers and the jury.

Other noted contenders in the selection included Constantinos Christoforou, who has represented Cyprus three times: in 1996 and 2005 as a solo artist and in 2002 as a member of the group One, as well as Mike Connaris, the composer of Stronger Every Minute, the Cypriot entry of 2004. The full results from the show was as follows:

  1. 12 points: Jon Lilygreen & The Islanders – Life Looks Better In Spring - Music by Nasos Lambrianides, Melis Konstantinou, lyrics by Nasos Lambrianides.
  2. 10 points: Constantinos Christoforou – Angel - Music by Constantinos Christoforou, lyrics by Zinon Zompilis.
  3. 8 points: Hovig Demirgian – Goodbye - Written by Valeria Partali.
  4. 7 points: Constantinos Kountouzis & Soul Throw – Island Of Love - Written by Constantinos Kountouzis.
  5. 6 points: Anthi Pashi – You Gotta Go - Anthi Pashi.
  6. 5 points: Nicole Paparistodemou – Like A Woman - Written by Mike Connaris.
  7. 4 points: Andreas Economides – Waiting - Music by Christodoulos Charalambides, lyrics by Andreas Economides.
  8. 3 points: Evagoras Evagorou – I'm Gonna Be. - Music by Marios Melekis, Christos Filippou, lyrics by Anthi Pashi.
  9. 2 points: Vivian Daglas – Rhapsody. - Music by Leanna Varnavidou, lyrics by Leanna Varnavidou, Helena Antoniou.

Christina Metaxa took the job for Cyprus with Firefly, a song written by her brother Nikolas. She did not qualify for the Final in Moscow, as she finished fourteenth in the second Semi-Final.

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  • Posted on 9 April 2010 at 20:48
    If Cyprus does not pass the semi final this year with such a great song then it never will. Don't know if it's the winning song but one step at a time...Good luck Cyprus! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 2 April 2010 at 17:01
    It is an amazing song, we put all our hopes to Jon Lilygreen & The Islanders. Go Cyprus!!!!
    Vote for our lovely song and don't forget that Life Looks Better in Spring!!!!!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 26 March 2010 at 08:53
    This is so good I have to say it a third time. GO CYPRUS! GO JON! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 21 March 2010 at 17:33
    I must say it again! This is the best song this year! GO CYPRUS! I hope Jon makes a whole album now. Really hope the Eurovision circus goes to Cyprus next year! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 19 March 2010 at 21:29
    I ♥ this song !!!! This is my 100% favourite and for me also the winner from this Contest
    I really hope that this year Cyprus is going to the final!!

    GO CYPRUS!!!

    Mazi sou Kipros!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 19 March 2010 at 10:25
    What a surprise! This is marvellous! Since Sweden is sending boring music this is the one to hope for!
    BRAVO!!!!!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 16 March 2010 at 18:04
    definitely My favorite song this year.I really wish them good luck. I cried when hear it the first time,and still listening,it makes me believe in beauty. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 13 March 2010 at 10:37
    einai uperoxo tragoudi!!!!!! paradeigma pros mimisi!!!! ean kai me auto to tragoudi den perasei teiko tote zitw i vlakeia.. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 13 March 2010 at 08:24
    Kypros Ole!!! O Jon tha mas kanei na pame sto teliko!! VOTE 4 CYPRUS!!!!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 26 February 2010 at 01:00
    Very nice song. One of my favourites so far. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 19 February 2010 at 03:32
  • Posted on 16 February 2010 at 15:08
    Yeaah, that s good, nice :) nice lyrics, and that is important too so good luck
    Iwett from Slovakia report to the moderator
  • Posted on 11 February 2010 at 15:36
    The singer is from NEWPORT in Wales, not Newborn - please correct.... Thanks! Diolch! Efharisto! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 8 February 2010 at 15:17
    Wauw, such a nice song! And cute boy! haha, I think they will score high, I hope so, though! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 8 February 2010 at 14:16
    It's a nice song. Good luck Cyprus! report to the moderator