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Return to Cyprus: Andrew Lambrou is breaking hearts

07 May 2023 at 15:31 CEST
Andrew Lambrou from Cyprus in the Eurovision 2023 studio Corinne Cumming / EBU
Cyprus is sending Andrew Lambrou to Eurovision this year with his song ‘Break A Broken Heart.’ As he says in his break-up song, he’s a true survivor, after he competed for a spot as Australia’s act in 2022. Andrew will be hoping to do his parents’ homeland proud at the Eurovision Song Contest 2023.
Andrew Lambrou rehearsing Break A Broken Heart for Cyprus at the Second Rehearsal of the Second Semi-Final at Liverpool Arena Sarah Louise Bennett / EBU

Andrew is a global artist, but he’s got strong roots in Cyprus - proven by the fact that his favourite cheese is halloumi. Last October, the country’s broadcaster CyBC worked with Panik Records to choose their act for Eurovision 2023 - and Andrew’s name came out top. As well as representing Cyprus at Eurovision, he’s now signed with Panik and set to release future music with the label.

When Andrew took to the stage for his first rehearsal on Monday 1 May, his impressive vocal range did not disappoint. After appearing in a sleeveless number and giving a dazzling performance that bathes him in graphics of fire and water, he might be breaking a few hearts across Europe during the Second Semi-Final.

Andrew Lambrou rehearsing Break A Broken Heart for Cyprus at the Second Rehearsal of the Second Semi-Final at Liverpool Arena Sarah Louise Bennett / EBU

Mesmerised by Andrew’s emotional performance, the official Eurovision 2023 Live Blog wrote: "Break A Broken Heart is a powerful, heartfelt ballad with a marching drumbeat that's vibrating through the Liverpool Arena floor - Andrew's vocal is sublime, and there’s something electrifying about the way this song builds from the first big note to an even bigger finish."

The singer from Sydney is our favourite kind of a comedian - that of the 'Dad jokes' variety. When we asked him to tell us a funny one, he came up with: “Where are average things manufactured? The satisfactory.”

A scroll through Andrew’s Instagram gives an insight into his love for soulful pop. He’s covered My Immortal by Evanescence, Dusk Till Dawn by Zayne and Sia, and performed a beautiful piano and vocal rendition of Serbia’s Eurovision 2007 winning song Molitva. With stripped back vocals like these, it’s clear why Cyprus wanted to put him on the Eurovision stage.

“The feeling of being in the Eurovision world my whole life, watching Eurovision, and now being chosen to represent Cyprus, you just can’t make this stuff up,” Andrew told the Official Eurovision Song Contest Podcast. He says he was in his bedroom at home in Sydney, when he first got the email saying Cyprus was interested in him representing the country at Eurovision. To begin with, he thought it was a hoax. We are all very grateful it was not! Thank goodness the message got through his spam filters.

There’s more from Andrew on Episode 11 of the Official Eurovision Song Contest Podcast.

Andrew Lambrou rehearsing Break A Broken Heart for Cyprus at the First Rehearsal of the Second Semi-Final at Liverpool Arena
Chloe Hashemi / EBU

You can learn more about Andrew Lambrou from Cyprus right here.

The Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Malmö, Sweden on Tuesday 7 May (First Semi-Final), Thursday 9 May (Second Semi-Final) and Saturday 11 May (Grand Final) 2024.

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