Back in November, Minus One were selected as Cyprus’ Eurovision 2016 representatives. At the time of the announcement they revealed that they would collaborate with Swedish Eurovision legend Thomas G:son. And now we finally get to hear the result of their collaboration, with the official release of Minus One’s Eurovision song “Alter Ego”.

A photo from "Alter Ego" video shooting.
A scene from the “Alter Ego” video shoot.

When the band revealed the title of the song, fans predicted that we would see, as the title implies, another side of Minus One — their alter ego. And indeed we have! They are edgy and arty, and seem to have updated their sound. It’s a pleasant surprise and we are getting really good feels with this one.

“Alter Ego” avoids the pitfalls of so many rock songs at Eurovision. Rather than sounding derivative and familiar, it’s fresh and original. The video is like a three-minute art piece, replete with edgy clothes, gorgeous cinematography and a wolf.

 

wiwibloggs spoke with Minus One ahead of the song’s release. This is what the band had to say:

The song was a collaboration between us and Thomas G:son. He visited Cyprus back in November, we met, talked about what and how we think the song should be and immediately we realised we were on the exact same page with everything about it. We exchanged our views and then we started rehearsing, coming up with ideas. Thankfully, the internet makes this kind of working from a distance easier.

The ideas were sent back and forth up to the point that a base and structure was decided, along with all the little ideas, melodies and lines that make up the song. After that we travelled to Sweden and in the studio we recorded everything, adding and removing, as a lot of work is done there into finalizing a song. We were amazed from the quality of the studio, sound and of course the work of sound engineer Thomas Plec Johansson and are really happy and excited with the result.

Alter Ego: Our first reaction

Minus One interview

So what do you think? Will “Alter Ego” be a hit in Stockholm? Share your thoughts below!

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Saulius
Saulius
5 years ago

straight in my 1st place…well done cyprus! 12 points for you from Lithuania!!!!!
Nicosia 2017 maybe 😉

rjb99
rjb99
5 years ago

This is very good, but the first time I heard it there was something very, very familiar about the chorus – check out the chorus of Ask Embla’s (brilliant) ‘Legion’ and see what you think. Just an observation, and not a criticism – It’s still a very strong entry.

Vanton25
Vanton25
5 years ago

@Eugene I’m not trying to say that every rock song should do well or have more rock songs in the contest. Many people believe that Eurovision should be a pop or a ballad song contest (yes, I’ve seen people telling this and broadcasters are doing exactly the same). Any genre is welcomed! Cyprus, in my opinion, is a country that its main goal is to qualify at first, and if it qualifies, is enough. If it is meant to do well in the final, we will do it, if not, it’s ok. Just qualifying is enough (for the moment, at… Read more »

mawnck
mawnck
5 years ago

“There are no other rock songs in the past 11 years.”

Oh I ***CAN’T WAIT*** to hear the reason Finland 2015 doesn’t qualify as a rock song.

Vanton25
Vanton25
5 years ago

@Eugene
Fogot to mention
Moldova 2007 – 10th place
Georgia 2011 – 9th place
Turkey 2011 – didn’t qualify
There are no other rock songs in the past 11 years. Any time we had a rock song, it did really good. Sweden isn’t much of a rock country in Eurovision!

mawnck
mawnck
5 years ago

Glad you like your “rock” song, Eurofans. For me there is not enough room in my head to do all the eyerolls this piece of Swedish disco garbage deserves. If this is rock, I’m Jimi Hendrix. One of my least favorite Eurovision songs of all time.

WTF
WTF
5 years ago

@EugeneESCUK: This is pretty much a safe “pop” song that appeals to the masses though, as evidenced by the generally positive reaction between the eurofans… I don’t think it fits in with most of the other entries listed by Vanton…

Iberian
Iberian
5 years ago

I love this one so much. It’s amazing. Could it win? I dunno, but I hope so.

Nitzan
Nitzan
5 years ago

SO. DAMN. GOOD.

My favorite so far.

Roelof Meesters
Roelof Meesters
5 years ago

SF 1 is definitely stronger than SF 2!!! 🙂 This song is a big suprprise, because last year Cyprus sended a very boring and bad song. My top:

1. Ukraine
2. Iceland
3. Austria
4. Italy
5. Spain
6. Cyprus
7. Switzerland
8. Malta
9. Bosnia&Herzegovina
10. Denmark
11. Albania
12. Belarus
13. Belgium
14. Ireland
15. Georgia

ESC 4ever
ESC 4ever
5 years ago

My top 15:
1-Spain
2-Iceland
3-Belgium
4-Ukraine
5-Switzerland
6-Cyprus
7-Italy
8-Denmark
9-Malta
10-Austria
11-Ireland
12-Albania
13-Bosnia & Herzegovina
14-Belarus
15-Georgia

fikri
fikri
5 years ago

the song is good… which kinda infuriates me because the greeks will probably give their 12 points to cyprus… AGAIN.

irish esc
irish esc
5 years ago

i love cyprus entry this year and in my top 3.

my top 3 are:

1. switzerland, 2. malta and 3. cyprus.

Nikos
Nikos
5 years ago

It is no secret that amongst us Greeks, Cypriots have dominated the modern music scene, and good for them because they deserve it! While Tsaknis’s awful Argo will represent us in the fall, Minus One can easily make the top 10 and even win!

Mpravo sthn Kypro! Lemesos 2016!

MTD
MTD
5 years ago

Please be good “live”, please be good “live”, please be good “live”. 🙂

Since two hours ago, this is my favorite entry. All the rest – got to the hell, you’re really bad music! 🙂

Alex
Alex
5 years ago

Yes, this is good, and unexpectedly so given Minus One’s unremarkable song last year. My main criticism is the lyrics – the title is more interesting than the entirety of the lyrics, sadly. But everything sounds great apart from that.

Amerivision
Amerivision
5 years ago

^_^

Just love it!

Vanton25
Vanton25
5 years ago

@Eugene
Turkey 2004 – 4th place
Norway 2005 – 9th place
Switzerland 2005 – 8th place
Finland 2006 – 1st place
Finland 2007 – 17th place
Finland 2008 – 22nd place
Turkey 2008 – 8th place
Finland 2009 – Last place but qualified
Turkey 2010 – 2nd place
Who said that rock songs, especially rock boy bands do fail??

Slightly Biased ESC Fan
Slightly Biased ESC Fan
5 years ago

Oh snap, Cyprus!!! Great work!

Pork Loin d'Icee
Pork Loin d'Icee
5 years ago

Wow, even with howling! Different is good. Go Cyprus. It would be great if this went on before Zoe’s. He He Ja Ja Ka Ka Ka

Thiefo
5 years ago

Me like many others wasn’t expecting much, but was positively surprised! Not bad Cyprus, not bad.

Paul D
Paul D
5 years ago

I’m not a rock guy, but I love this, it can do really well in the contest !
It’s very instant and with Cyprus drawed in the second part of the semifinal, even if it seems is going to be a tough one, I see this as a definite qualifier !

mocosuburbian
mocosuburbian
5 years ago

well I was going to hate it but it really ramps up at around 2:35 and then it gets good
nevertheless 1.Ukraine 2.Italy 3. Iceland 4. Belgium 5. Austria 6. Cyprus maybe? 7. Denmark 8. Switzerland 9. Albania 10. Spain (it started at #2 and has literally gone down every day thanks to a small group of really rude Spanish fans)

The Anders
5 years ago

It has got a review on escsongreviews.com, along with the Ukrainian song: http://escsongreviews.com/2016/02/22/songcheck-2016-ukraine-cyprus/

Craig
Craig
5 years ago

Staged well, this could go close to winning.

silvester
silvester
5 years ago

Well done Cyprus!

My top 3:
1. Cyprus
2. Ireland
3. Ukraine

Jairo
Jairo
5 years ago

Here is my top 15 so far!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcGwz3wBsCY

José
José
5 years ago

I don’t like hard rock or similar, and as you can imagined, i was worried with the Cypriot song. But I was so wrong. I like it very much, it’s different and the same time is very good.
Very well done Cyprus, you did the right job.

John
John
5 years ago

@MGR, Cyprus 2016 is nothing like that poor excuse for a song.

Broken my top 3 though, quite an interesting song and should qualify for the final.
My top 7 (I don’t really like any of the other songs, bottom 2 are Ireland (last) then Belgium):
1. Albania
2. Switzerland
3. Cyprus
4. Italy
5. Ukraine
6. Iceland
7. Spain

Skandar
Skandar
5 years ago

I thought they would bring a dark gloomy metal like Lordi or Wig Wam. Well, didn’t see that coming. It’s a rock song with a class. Slay it!

MTD
MTD
5 years ago

OK. Not bad. Better than the ones selected so far (even your darling Ukraine).

But, where’s the refrain in this song? Hahahah

dutchie
dutchie
5 years ago

@ct_greece
Yes, underneath the blown up metal production this is still quite a formulaic pop song, but as you can see people fall for that sort of thing. It will probably be no different in May 😉

Leo M
Leo M
5 years ago

I like it but rock songs don’t have the best track record at Eurovision. Might just squeeze through to the final

Han
Han
5 years ago

This song is awesome! i’m loving it. I hope Cyprus get a nice score this year, with a good staging this will work really good.

ct_greece
ct_greece
5 years ago

@ NickC

Yes, as you can see from my comment below I agree with you. But judging from the cypriot final last year, their live is going to be good.

NickC
NickC
5 years ago

Sorry, but this is no Manga.

ct_greece
ct_greece
5 years ago

My complaint is that even though it’s very well produced, you can’t shake the feeling that ultimately it is a little vacuous and “swedish”. And a little too reminiscent of “Somebody told me” by the Killers…

Escfan
Escfan
5 years ago

WHAT! Cyprus has impressed me, what a powerful rock song!! My top right now (without Spain, my country) :
1. Italy
2. Denmark
3. Cyprus
4. Ukraine
5. Iceland
6. Belgium
7. Ireland
8. Malta
9. Switzerland
10. Bosnia & Herzegovina
11. Austria
12. Albania
13. Belarus
14. Georgia

ct_greece
ct_greece
5 years ago

@ Eugene

Mangga from Turkey came second and Athena 4th. You don’t get that high from diaspora alone. So there is definitely a market for this at the ESC.

Peter
Peter
5 years ago

LOOOOOOVE THIS!!! This is definitely going to be the song starting up the contest in the first semifinal!! Some proper awesome nice tunes and beats! Love it!

eurana
eurana
5 years ago

I think that the ESC audience is getting more diversified year after year and the trigger was Euphoria in 2012. Last year, a very new sound by Loic Nottet finished 4th ! So, no more ballads and songs radio not friend on ESC anymore. So, I think that Cyprus give an 20 years up choosing this rock modern entry this year. Luck Cyprus.

cheesecake
cheesecake
5 years ago

That’s why one shouldn’t judge before the song is revealed 😉
Fantastic song, easily in my Top 3 and this might actually end up in the Top 10 in Stockholm. Love it!

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5 years ago

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grawutzl
grawutzl
5 years ago

my new top 5
1. Austria
2. Cyprus
3. Spain
4. Ukraine
5. Switzerland

Adam
Adam
5 years ago

I love it!! I gad low hopes for Cyprus but this is so unique (so far in comparison with other entries). I think if maNga can get 2nd, then this can at least be in the top 10

dutchie
dutchie
5 years ago

It sounds like Swedish metal… which it sort of is, written and recorded in Sweden. Well done, I’d say certain qualifier but they’re in a tough semi with the likes of Russia, Armenia, Bosnia, Greece, Iceland, Estonia, Finland… it will be carnage.

Jacob
Jacob
5 years ago

Very pleasantly surprised! Good job Cyprus 🙂

David Who
David Who
5 years ago

Thank you Minus One! Great entry for Cyprus! I think the UK just got obliterated, LOL

AzerBoy96
AzerBoy96
5 years ago

This is really good! I didn’t expected something like this from them, so happy! 🙂

Héctor
Héctor
5 years ago

Wow! It’s amazing! I expected something worse, but this will qualify for sure. I’m worried about Belarus (my 3rd), because they use the same theme, the wolf … and comparing each song crearly “Alter Ego” sounds better and has a better production than “Help you fly”. At least Belarus and Cyprus are in different semifinals, so I hope both qualify.