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MINUS ONE (Cyprus)

Publicat in: 14.03.2017, 11:00AM
Autor: Richard Constantinidi
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Etichete: Eurovision 2016, Eurovision Cyprus, Minus One
MINUS ONE (Cyprus)

The rock band has represented CYPRUS at Eurovision Song Contest 2016 at the Globe Arena “Alter Ego”, a 90’s style rock song co-written by Minus One and Thomas G:Son, a  popular Swedish composer that  has already represented many countries in the Eurovision Song Contest.

 

Their video “Alter Ego is achieving a resounding success, reaching 6.000.000 views on  Youtube! (on the band official channel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQMSPkGoQrY and    on the  Eurovision channel   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8LcNrqiIFE)

 

Rated by all commentators as the best ever entry from Cyprus, ,in the next two weeks the song found its right place at the top of the charts in Spotify and I-Tunes throughout most of Europe.

The band has just finished an European tour including some Glenn Hughes opening in Wien , Milan and Bologna , and some own gigs in Madrid, Athens and Cyprus.

 

The members of the band are: François Micheletto, frontman; Chris J, drummer; Constantinos Amerikanos, guitarist; Antonis Loizides, bassist; Harrys Pari, guitarist

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Minus One is a Greek Cypriot rock band formed in 2009.

The band members are all professional musicians, with years of experience.

The band was created to be a cover band, but with the aim of making the covers different than the originals, and possibly (without being presumptuous) better than the original. The formula was successful and Minus One gained good notoriety in Cyprus. As all artists though, Minus One wanted to write their own music, and this is why they created an “Alter Ego” band called Marianne’s Wish.

Born in 2010, Marianne's Wish participated in 2012 in recording four songs in Tommy Lee's Methods of Mayhem.

In the period 2013/2014 the MW attended the International Competition Hard Rock Cafe, arriving first in Cyprus and eighth worldwide, out of a total of more than 10,000 bands.

After the event MW was invited to participate in a US tour that saw it play in clubs like Whiskey A Go Go in Los Angeles, the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn NY, and in festivals such as the Southwest festival (Austin Texas). The band released two albums, Add to wish list and Mind your head.

When in November 2014 Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation asked Minus One to participate to Eurovision, the band realized that the popularity of the name Minus One in Cyprus was higher than that of Marianne's Wish, and decided to participate as Minus One and to continue to perform with this name.

In the same period, George Solonos, one of the founders of Marianne’s Wish and Minus One, decided to leave the band to pursue his solo career, and his role as guitarist was taken by Harrys Pari.

In 2014 the band members took the decision to enter the competition for the selection of Cypriot representative at Eurovision 2015. This decision, unlikely for a Rock band, was taken as it is basically the only way to become known abroad, since the size of the population of Cyprus (700,000 inhabitants) does not allow any local artist to reach international level unless by leaving the country or finding a way to be known abroad (it may be worth pointing out that George Michael and Cat Stevens have both Cypriot father). Thus the project to present the song "Shine" to the national selections for the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 was born. The song won the Jury Prize, but ranked third after the televoting, so Minus One did not attend that year Eurovision.

On 4 November 2015, the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (CyBC) announced that the group would represent Cyprus in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016, without making any pre-selection. Minus One Eurovision entry, titled "Alter Ego" was created by the Group in three weeks, and brought to the production of the Swedish composer Thomas G: son.

Rated by all commentators as the best ever entry from Cyprus, ,in the next two weeks the song found its right place at the top of the charts in Spotify and I-Tunes throughout most of Europe.

The band has just finished an European tour including some Glenn Hughes opening in Wien , Milan and Bologna , and some own gigs in Madrid, Athens and Cyprus.

The members of the band are: François Micheletto, frontman; Chris J, drummer; Constantinos Amerikanos, guitarist; Antonis Loizides, bassist; Harrys Pari, guitarist


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