Today another tragedy hits the Eurovision world. The Cypriot power band Minus One are soon to be minus two, as lead singer Francois Micheletto and bass player Antonis Loizides part ways with the group.
They broke the sad news to friends and fans on their official Facebook page, explaining that the reasons for Francois and Antonis’ departures were: “important, but totally unrelated personal reasons”.
This was followed by a reassurance that the quintet would remain friends. Judging by that, there doesn’t seem to any bad blood between the guys. Phew!
Harrys Pari, Constantinos Amerikanos and Chris J intend to continue with the Minus One project.
Minus One Statement on departure of Francois Micheletto and Antonis Loizides
DEAR FRIENDS AND FANS
It is with sadness that we inform you that our lead singer Francois and our bass player Antonis have decided, for important, but totally unrelated personal reasons, to part ways with the band.
Our hearts are with them. They have been two amazing partners on a journey which has lasted 7 years, and which has seen us representing Cyprus at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2016, among many other exciting experiences.
We will never forget those days.
We separate as friends, colleagues, partners.
Francois and Antonis will perform all the concerts scheduled until the end of May.
Minus One will continue to exist and we look forward to new collaborations.
We count on your support and friendship, for many days, months and years more.
Chris, Harrys, Antonis, Constantinos, Francois and GP.
Minus One: A history
Active since 2009, Minus One originally started out as a cover band.
In 2015, they competed in the Eurovision Song Project for the chance to represent Cyprus at the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna. Performing “Shine”, they placed third while John Karayiannis went home with the trophy.
However, the Cypriot national broadcaster CyBC, wasn’t quite done with the band and internally selected them for Eurovision 2016 in Stockholm. They became an instant fan favourite with “Alter Ego”, a song co-written by the Swedish Euro-wonder Thomas G:son.
Fun and outgoing, the quintet often mingled with fans — that is when they weren’t goofing around during interviews.
Have the good times passed with Francois and Antonis saying goodbye to their fellow bandmates? Lets hope not! We wish both Francois and Antonis the very best on their respective journies to pastures new.