The rumour mill in Cyprus has a habit of being right. Back in September we reported that Cypus’ CYBC would opt for an internal selection — BAM! And now, just days after local media suggested Minus One would sing at Eurovision 2016, RIK has confirmed that the rock band is in fact headed to Stockholm.
Speaking to wiwibloggs, the band made it clear they are super stoked to sing for their country.
We are excited with the news of the official announcement about us representing Cyprus in ESC16. We are overwhelmed by the love people are showing us with their messages and we are trying to keep up with personally replying to each and every one.
Last year the group — that’s Francois Micheletto (vocals), Harrys Pari (guitar), Constantinos Amerikanos (guitar and vocals), Antonis Loizides (bass) and Chris J (drums) — finished third in Cyprus’ Eurovision Song Project with their song “Shine”. (They also came third with the Wiwi Jury). Our blogger Kristin was obsessed with their song, giving it a perfect 10 and drawing comparisons with another famous group:
Once I was 19, and listened to Live, like all the time. This song takes me back and it feels gooooood! This is my other favorite song in the Cypriot finals, and if Hovig doesn’t win, I really, really want Minus One to rock it out in Vienna. Now, where is my Live CD?….
Thomas G:Son collaboration
The group’s song won’t be revealed until a later date, but we have a feeling it’s going to be a hit. They’re working with Eurovision and Melodifestivalen legend Thomas G:Son — he of “Euphoria” fame. His other recent Eurovision tracks — “Warrior,” “Amanecer”, “Waterfall” and “Quédate conmigo” — sound nothing like Minus One. So it’ll be interesting to see what they come up with. But hey: if he’s good enough for Måns Zelmerlöw, he’s good enough for anyone!