Minus One Francois Micheletto Antonis Loizides quit Cyprus Eurovision 2016

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 FANSIt is with sadness that we inform you that our lead singer Francois and our bass player Antonis…

Posted by Minus One on Tuesday, April 4, 2017

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.

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CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
3 years ago

It is never good to lose the lead singer, because it becomes a very hard job to replace him. Either you find someone worthy of filling the role (as AC/DC did in 1979), or the entire group could be dead within 2 years.

Maybe they’ll go back to someone who missed the cut as a potential lead vocalist when they first created this band, or they’ll get their replacement lead from a band that recently broke up. They were my #19 before last year’s contest, and I scored them 20th in the final.

AngieP
AngieP
3 years ago

This is sad news! They were amazing!!
Anyway, I hope they keep up the good work, even now they’re less!

We’ll all remember you slayed last year! You deserved at least top 15!

Giorgios
Giorgios
3 years ago

Yes, they did! With only guitars in front of their…well, you know. But it was a nice view (pubes could be easily seen). Not sure about the videos, though… (The vocalist Francois is well hung, I mean…wow)

beccaboo1212
3 years ago

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! 🙁

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
3 years ago

@M_K: Thanks. 🙂 Would that be the worst Eurovision score in history? :p
I hope they are okay.

Mark
3 years ago

My top 10 from U.K is :

1 ) Romania – Yodel it Europe – amazing , great song !
2 ) Israel – Fantastic song 🙂 Masterpiece
3 ) Hungary
4 ) Sweeden
5 ) Greece
6 ) Italy
7 ) Bulgaria
8 ) Armenia
9) Russia
10) Belgium

And the winner of 2017 is ROMANIA 12 points 🙂 Good Luck Yodel it Romania !

M_K
M_K
3 years ago

@ Purple Mask

I have a degree in mathematics, so I can confirm that they are actually supposed to call themselves “Minus Three” now (-1 – 2 = -3).

Music is the key
Music is the key
3 years ago

Cyprus was my favourite song last year

1. Cyprus
2. France
3. Georgia
4. Sweden
5. Montenegro
6. Netherlands

Thom K
3 years ago

What I still want to know is if they played that naked party and where are the videos ????

JK
JK
3 years ago

Such a shame, it’s a great band with all of those members. Good luck to you guys.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
3 years ago

@Colin: I didn’t say it because Kristin (the author of this post) already wrote it in her very first paragraph. So it would feel unoriginal. (It’s also proof that I do read the posts). 🙂

Colin
Colin
3 years ago

Too bad. I guess they are Minus Two now (I cannot believe nobody said it already). But in all seriousness, I am sorry, they made a great team.

Robyn Gallagher
Admin
3 years ago

Alex: We needed to let some time pass before looking at the more recent years. But it looks like we’d be up to 2012 now, so we might look at that during the summer “off season” later this year. 🙂

Alex
Alex
3 years ago

I remember you guys started a section I really loved: WIWI’s Way and you left at Eurovision 2010.
Will it get back? Will you write again about that?

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
3 years ago

Sad news. I hope they find their ways for the future.