The band Minus One was chosen internally by the Cypriot broadcaster CyBC to represent the island in the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Alter Ego. The group members are Francois Micheletto, Constantinos Amerikanos, Harrys Pari, Antonis Loizides and Chris J.
Minus One is a Greek Cypriot band that plays everything, from pop and rock classics, to today’s newer hits. The band does not just play covers, but rearranges and refreshes the songs bringing them closer to the bands own sound.
Although starting as a cover band, as a side project they released original songs but with a different name. They will represent Cyprus in the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest so they started working on their own material this time not as a side project but as Minus One.
Their Eurovision song Alter Ego is the product of collaboration between the band and Thomas G:son who also handled the production. The band previously tried to represent Cyprus in 2015 where they placed third (first by the judges) in the Cypriot national selection with the song Shine.
Things you should know about Minus One
What are the three most interesting aspects about your entry?
- We would say the energy our song has
- The different vibe than the usual Eurovision style
- ...and of course us on stage
What are the three most impressive facts about you?
- Our chemistry as a band and the energy that it emits, (if that can be considered as an interesting fact).
- The range of age differences between us
- ...and our so different yet so similar characters.
Do you have a (lucky) routine before you go on stage?
We all have a different thing before we get up on stage. One might just close his eyes and doze off for a couple of minutes on the dressing room couch, one would be in the back room doing voice exercises, one would be doing push-ups and stretching and the other two might be hanging around the bar socialising till the last moment.
Why is the Eurovision Song Contest important for you?
It’s a huge way for us to get an incredibly large audience meet us for the first time, see what we do and who we are. In the process we get to live an incredible musical experience, possibly the best party in the world and get to know people from all the countries involved.