• MINUS ONE: Cyprus's 2016 Eurovision entry (Source Eurovision.tv) (Eurovision)Source: Eurovision
Cyprus's MINUS ONE will sing 'ALTER EGO' at SEMI-FINAL 1 of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm, Sweden.
By
Chris Zeiher

7 Apr 2016 - 4:59 PM  UPDATED 15 Apr 2016 - 2:54 PM

When Cyprus announced that they were sending a Greek-Cypriot “cover band” to Eurovision 2016 hopes of Cyprus finally winning the contest, a feat they’ve attempted since 1981, faded quickly.  However, said “cover band” MINUS ONE have produced a stellar pop-rock entry and in turn are gathering a groundswell of support now reflected in the Eurovision odds.  

With the 2016 contest offering up more bands than we’re used to, the Cypriot entry is clearly the best of this bunch. Cyprus has been a winner in waiting for many years - could the gamble pay off with 2016 bringing them the unlikeliest of wins from an unexpected and brave selection?     

Watch  MINUS ONE's official video for 'ALTER EGO':

Four Questions with MINUS ONE

What are the three most interesting aspects about your entry?

 

  1. We would say the energy our song has
  2. The different vibe than the usual Eurovision style
  3. ...and of course us on stage

 

What are the three most impressive facts about you?
  1. Our chemistry as a band and the energy that it emits, (if that can be considered as an interesting fact).
  2. The range of age differences between us
  3. ...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.

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The Eurovision Song Contest will be broadcast on SBS’s Eurovision Weekend - Friday 13, Saturday 14 and Grand Final Sunday 15 May, 7.30pm on SBS, with LIVE early morning broadcasts from 5am on Wednesday 11, Friday 13 and Sunday 15 May.

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