He’s the Welsh singer who represented Cyprus at Eurovision 2010. But now Jon Lilygreen is involved with something a little closer to home. He’s been spotted as part of the Overs category going into the Six Chair Challenge on The X Factor UK.
As part of the Overs category, he’s in good company. Lilygreen is joined by the Montenegrin diva Slavko Kalezic and former Dutch national finalist Berget Lewis. But while Slavko and Berget have been featured in both the auditions and bootcamp rounds of The X Factor, this is the first notable appearance we’ve seen of Jon Lilygreen.
He has briefly featured in the background of earlier episodes of the show. And while this didn’t include any singing, it did lead to him being recognised by the staff at a local pub who treated Lilygreen to a free Sunday roast.
The Welsh singer was briefly shown at the end of Saturday night’s episode, where the acts heading to the Six Chair Challenge found out who their mentors would be.
Lilygreen was shown looking nervous as he and his category waited to discover who their mentor would be. He now sports a luxurious moustache, a change from his clean-cut look at Eurovision 2010.
The Overs discovered their mentor was to be Nicole Scherzinger and most of them excitedly rushed forward to embrace her. But Lilygreen held back — and perhaps wisely. Gotta give Nicole some space!
While we haven’t seen him perform yet, it’s likely viewers will get to hear him sing next weekend as he battles for a spot in the Six Chair Challenge. It’s there that Jon, Slavko and Berget will each fight for one of the six places that will take them to the Judges Houses round.
Jon Lilygreen at Eurovision 2010
Jon Lilygreen represented Cyprus at Eurovision along with the international group The Islanders. Their song “Life Looks Better in Spring” qualified for the final, where it placed 21st with 27 points.
The song made it to Eurovision by winning the Cypriot 2010 national final Epilogi tis kupriakis summetohis (Choice of Cypriot participation). The song received top points from both the jury and the public — a rare achievement in Cyprus.
After two years of using internal selection to pick their act for Eurovision, Cyprus will return to a national final for Eurovision 2018. The artist will be chosen via a talent show, and they will later be paired with a song written by Greek-Swedish hitmaker Alex Papaconstantinou.