Introducing 2010: Cyprus

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All songs for the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 have been selected. During the weeks between the national final season and the actual Eurovision Song Contest, we will introduce all 39 entries in random order. Part thirty-four of the series is dedicated to the Cypriot entry.

Basic information

Performers: Jon Lilygreen & The Islanders
Song: Life looks better in spring
Language: English
Music:
Nasos Lambrianides, Melis Konstantinou
Lyrics:
Nasos Lambrianides
Draw: 14th in the second semi final

The song

Life looks better in spring is a mid-tempo guitar pop song. Through the lyrics of the break-up song, the singer tells about his hopes for a reunification:

I still remember everything
That old December, the fears, the cold
I really wonder how you feel
On these nights, all alone…

Tell me
Tell me about your feelings
Tell me about your stories
Look into my eyes and come on closer
And make me immortal with a kiss

The performers

Jon Lilygreen is from Wales. Although he has been frequently performing in clubs and pubs in his home town of Newport, he can be considered a newcomer in the music scene. He was discovered by the songwriters Nasos Lambrianides and Melis Konstantinou on the internet, where they found one of his demo recordings. They invited him to perform the song Life looks better in spring in the Cypriot national final, which he would also win.

During the national final, he was suported by the international group The Islanders consisting of Jon Gregory from Wales, Sean Watts from England, Katherine Squire from Scotland, Sylvia Stand from Norway and Charalambos Kallona from Cyprus. They will also perform with him in Oslo.

The songwriters

The Cypriot entry was written by Nasos Lambrianides (music and lyrics) and Melis Konstantinou (music). Nasos Lambrianides is a University of Manchester alumni and he was also a part of Cyprus' military orchestra. Melis Konstantinou has performed with various rock bands. Life looks better in spring was their first song to be made public to a bigger audience.


The national selection

The Cypriot entry was chosen during a national final. Nine acts competed and the winner was chosen by a mxture of televoting and jury voting.

Cyprus in the Eurovision Song Contest

Cyprus debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1981 and had a very good start finishing sixth and fifth in its first two participations. Some lower results followed, but the country managed to equal the fifth place in 1997 and 2004, which also marked the last top ten placing to date. The last appearance in the final was in 2005.

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Videos

Jon Lilygreen speaks to esctoday.com:

Live performance in the national final:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ko4ZchMP3XY

The preview video:

Cover version of Michael Jackson's Billie Jean:

Tomorrow, we will take a look at the Slovak entry.

Previous parts of this series:

  1. Ireland
  2. Belarus
  3. Albania
  4. Denmark
  5. Russia
  6. Bulgaria
  7. Switzerland
  8. FYR Macedonia
  9. Armenia
  10. Spain
  11. Poland
  12. Croatia
  13. Finland
  14. Greece
  15. Ukraine
  16. Lithuania
  17. Belgium
  18. Norway
  19. Portugal
  20. Moldova
  21. The Netherlands
  22. The United Kingdom
  23. Latvia
  24. Serbia
  25. France
  26. Slovenia
  27. Azerbaijan
  28. Bosnia & Herzegovina
  29. Georgia
  30. Romania
  31. Sweden
  32. Israel
  33. Estonia

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