Andrew Lambrou will represent Cyprus at the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 in Liverpool.
The Cypriot broadcaster confirmed the news in an announcement on Monday morning.
“The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation announces that, further to the agreement it has entered into with Panik Records of Greece and in cooperation with City Pop Records of Australia, Cyprus will be represented at the 67th Eurovision Song Contest by the popular singer of Cypriot descent Andrew Lambrou, who is represented by the New York based Saiko Management.”
“More details about the entry will follow at a later stage.”
Cyprus is the second country to confirm its 2023 act. Israel confirmed Noa Kirel over the summer.
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Cyprus confirms Andrew Lambrou as Eurovision 2023 singer
Sydney-based Andrew Lambrou is a singer-songwriter from a Greek-Cypriot family. He first attracted attention in 2013 after uploading a cover of the Evanescence ballad, “My Immortal” to YouTube, before making it to the top 20 of The X Factor Australia in 2015 at only 17 years old.
His music to date has been described as pop interspersed with dark elements, but often carrying uplifting and positive messages. Andrew has said music from movies and cinematic scores are a big inspiration. His popular covers on YouTube include songs by Harry Styles, Camilla Cabello and Sam Smith. He released his first original song, “Throne”, in early 2021. Our king is ready!
You’ll likely remember him as a finalist of Eurovision: Australia Decides 2022, where he performed “Electrify”. Of the eleven contestants, he placed fifth in the televote and seventh overall.
His love of Eurovision is evident and sustained. Ahead of that contest he said:
“I’m so thrilled to be a part of Eurovision – Australia Decides 2022! I’ve grown up watching Eurovision with my family, admiring all that goes into it and seeing artists show their craft to the world, and to be a part of this show is like a dream come true. I’m so excited to show Australia my artistry, and to potentially represent my country in this amazing song contest is the most encouraging thought for me.”
Commenting on the news that he’ll sing for Cyprus in an Insta post on Monday, he said: “I’m so thrilled to go on this journey. Let’s do this!”
A man of our own heart, indeed!
Are you excited for Cyprus and its chances of getting back to the final? What type of song do you hope Andrew will sing? Let us know down below!
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This guy is an absolute nobody in Australia. Why is Cyprus snatching Australia’s rejects? Is there no one in Greece available?
WoW he is cute. I wanna make LOVE with him for a week.
Is this the first time since 2017 that the Cypriot representative actually has some connection to Cyprus?
yep he is
fair enough tbh , australia dont take our chance with him so now cryprus took our rejects ?? atleast he’ll get his chance though 🙂
ESC is basically Expatriates Song Contest
I know him since before he was announce as an Australia Decides contestant. Mainly because of his social media. He has a great voice but I’m not that sure about his songs. Sure they have a spot in Eurovision but “Electrify” was really bland and the Spanish line didn’t make gramatical sense. His song “Thrones” wouldn’t have a better fate though, probably a borderline non-qualifier I think. Let’s wait to listen to what they’ve been working though.
He did not miss arm day, did he? Sure he’s a looker and his voice sounds OK; I can’t say I’m impressed with his songs though. I did not know Throne up till now and it sounds better than Electrify which I did not really like, but still I think this lacks something and he will need to up his game for the ESC.
Winner alert ?
Yeah there’s no songs and like two artists out yet, but definitely winning…
Interesting choice, this guy is very attractive and has potential, with a little bit of work he could be excellent, so good luck Cyprus and choose the right song.
Oh he cute.
Ignore the noise and work hard, is the best piece of advice and just take a look to Chanel journey 🙂
But she brought show not the song 🙁
The Tongue in cheek sarcasm is strong with this one.
Ugh. This probably means the song will be in English. Bummer.
At least he’s hot, though.
That isn’t always enough. You need to have the song to back it up or enhance the hotness.
why would an established singer on the greek music scene waste there time with eurovision next year anyway,when the result at least at the hands of televoters could be a foregone conclusion.
This is Cyprus going back to Sandro but not with sandro.
If by some miracle we all dont get nuked in the meantime and the Ukraine war ends relitavely peacefully we could well be in kyiv 2024.
Better to take eurovision with a pinch of salt untill the mass hysteria/sympathy passes by and some sense of normality returns to the contest
Wait wait wait, you already think Ukraine will win ESC 2023?!
Ugh, there are cynical fans who think Ukraine is going to win again next year because of pity for the ongoing war. I’m getting real sick of it.
Me too but I can’t dismiss the possibility
It’s true but
Unless Ukraine gets something really amazing I don’t think they will win. I just don’t think Ukraine will be the centre of attention (not speaking for the show, but globally) as much as they were in 2022. People are concerned now with inflation and energy crisis.
Stefania was the worst song in 2022 and still won. 2023 is a shoe-in for Ukraine.
No it wasn’t and no it isn’t. Televoters tend to remember who won last time and vote another way. Look at Netherlands 2021, Israel 2019, Portugal 2018 and Ukraine themselves in 2017.
Ukraine was tops in betting odds with both selected songs BEFORE the invasion. Ukraine always does well. Yes there was a level of support but Stefania was going to be top 5 regardless.
The story win Sandro is that he was difficult to work with. It would explain why he’s had to rebrand himself.
Yes, sure, a “businessman”!
I was expecting Sandro (Cyprus 2020) or Athena (Armenia 2020) actually 🙁 But Its nice to have Australian/Greek/Cypriot singer
Oh Athena yess i would love that. But i assume Cypriot Channel goes with only Panik artists, so it was kinda ovbious who are their potential candidates and who are not
I really hope some of 2020 artists + Ovidiu from Romania will be in 2023 in the Contest (but my hope is small)
No charisma and cheap aesthetics, not impressed. Next please.
I cant help think of sandro 2020 when I saw this.
When Cyprus did a u turn and went back to the internal selection for this year,I thought it must be a huge act from cyprus or greece,one last try
This leaves me feeling dissapointed.
Of course untill we see the song and performance who knows.
someone left a comment below cyprus seems to have no direction for eurovision at the moment and I tend to agree.
Time will tell
Yesss! I think Eurovision would be an amazing stage for him to be discovered in his talent, I really liked him in Australia Decides, with his song. It’s like a Cyprus Eric Saade a bit for me 😉
This man is sex on legs
I’m gonna be honest, kind of wanted a girl to represent Cyprus.
We’ve had a lot of women for Cyprus lately, other than 2020, so it was time to switch things up.
Maybe duo would be cool too
Yeah, that would be nice too.
I love his song “Electrify” in Australia Decides 2022, but his voice in live… But, i hope for a good song adapting with his voice (Greek pop song or Swedish pop song ?)
I´m not sure if he speaks Greek….
Stage charisma zero. Smells Sandro to me…
I’m sure he’ll get a lot more rehearsal time than he had for Australia Decides, so you never know, it could be good. There’s a chance.
Well, on Australia Decides he was relying too much on his look and his stage presence was very poor, I would dare to say that at times he was awfully cringe vocally speaking too. I wish him to learn from his experiences as a representative of Cyprus now.
His song in the Australian national final wasn’t bad but also, wasn’t that great.
Hopefully his Eurovision entry will be strong but, tbh, Cyprus feels a bit lost atm when it comes to their entries. I’m not feeling super confident about this but hoping that they’ll prove my scepticism ill-placed!
Unrelated but kind of related:
Ivi Adamou just released a new song a few minutes ago. It’s on the Panik Records YouTube channel. It’s called ???? ??.
So this forum doesn’t render Greek characters at all and instead replaces them with question marks. Bummer.
What’s this song called? You might have to write it in Latin alphabet
In Latin characters it would be “Rixe me” (or alternatively spelled “Rikse me”). But both Ivi Adamou’s name and the song title are spelled in Greek in the title of the YouTube video. Your best bet would be to go on the Panik Records YouTube channel and look for the latest upload. It was uploaded just a couple of hours ago.
You can find it writing Ivi Adamou – Rikse me. I always search for Greek songs in Greeklish and has worked fine so far.
They ask her to represent cuprus almost every year and she says no.
He is such a bae material but damn he has no stage presence.. Also I see Cyprus is going back to buying Melfest rejects but I can’t say that I am suprised just disappointed..
Why is the cybc doing this to us again? Haven’t they learned anything from the Sandro drama?
Well, the contest was canceled so who knows how Cyprus would’ve done, although I admit they probably would’ve been at risk of not qualifying that year. I don’t know if Andrew will have a good or bad song next year so all we can do is just wish him luck
cy2020 was a safe nq
I Actually agree with you on that. I also think cyprus would’ve been out of the final in 2020.
I was one of the few people who actually liked Running… and I must say I still like it way better than Andrew’s song in Australia Decides.
Me too. Probably a borderline qualifier based on how Sandro sold it, and where it featured in the running (!) order.
“12 points from Greece” already
From Australia also haha
If Cyprus makes the final next year. That depends on the quality of a song
Don’t be very sure. He is not known in Greece at all
With very few exceptions, Cyprus and Greece always give each other 12 points regardless of how well known or how good their acts are.
He is handsome, but he has no stage presence, I watched his performance and it was quite awkward. It’s going to be Estonia 2021 all over again.
Glad to see him again! He sings well, he’s cute so i think he has chances to advance to a final with the good song. Even if the producers of the song will come from Sweden I hope they include some tradicional Greek vibes (like it was with Andromache’s song). It’s cool that Cyprus is sending a male singer again after so many years!!
Andrew’s Australia Decides entry was unbelievably cringeworthy. The random Spanish verse, the complete lack of ability to dance and the weird winks at the camera literally made me pray we’ll never see this guy back at Australia Decides again… but here we are.
The guy has good vocals though, I hope his entry focuses on that rather than focusing on him being hot. Let’s face it, the Brits will take the p*ss out of him if he winks at the camera or wears another bicep cut-out shirt in Liverpool.
My first crush of ESC 2023 season hehe
No it’s for me ^^ !!! My crush !
At least the boy can sing… Which is already something different for Cyprus since… 2017?… Find him a good modern but simple ballad, ideally NOT from the same old Swedish-American-Russian-Greek mafia and you are on to something.
I doubt we’ll see him singing a ballad. Andrew has confessed he’s obsessed with Europop in the past, so we’re likely to see something similar to Cyprus’ 2020 entry again.
Expect a house song with a random Greek (or Spanish) verse and ethnic elements. This guy won’t do anything unique outside the box.
Well… what a waste…
How exactly is a ballad ‘out of the box’? You guys complain about there being too many ballads every year and now that we might get a deep house song which we rarely get at Eurovision you still complain?!? Guess some people will never be pleased….
I return the question: How is a deep house “song” contributing to something good and new? And anyway, why do you presume that a ballad has to be always the same and a house tune out of the box?… It can go both ways. Furthermore, house music has reached its peak way back in nineties. After that it’s always repeating the same thing, over and over again. They are now using using “old” ballads to give some musical content and make covers of earlier house songs. So, if you want “out of the box” you shouldn’t look into house. BTW,… Read more »
Well they repeated it in 2012 – and it still won
That was 10 years ago… dah…
A ballad, obviously, isn’t out of the box. I didn’t think I’d have to state the obvious.
A house song isn’t out of the box either, especially for Andrew (an artist who literally only does house/dance songs). That’s why I stated we shouldn’t expect anything unique as I’m pretty sure we’ll see another dance song from Andrew.
Depending on the ballad and depending on the house song… This debate is actually quite ridiculous because no genre whatsoever has the exclusive of being out of the box or not being out of the box. That all is just sheer prejudice.
NQ material all the way <3
Ngl, he was one of my favourites to win Australia Decides 2022, so I can’t say that I am disappointed. I think fans are too pessimistic about him. But I also think that he should go with ballad, jury would simply destroy them if they go with something like Electrify.
Nice seeing him again. I hope he gained a lot of experience and stage presence from his time with australia decides because he really gave us nothing then… i’m hopeful though !
Singer from: Australia
Song from: Sweden
Choreographer from: Sweden
We saw this method already in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022.
Same food, different spices; let’s see what spicy tacos he’ll be singing.
Cyprus sends a guy again, interesting! Last time they did (not counting 2020) was all the way back in Vienna in 2015
hovig was the last male cyprus sent in 2017
They send a male singer in 2017 and a band which had only men in it in 2016.
So Cyprus chose to buy this year a melfest reject and instead of giving it to a panik singer with questionable vocals they will give to… Lambrou. Doesn’t look promising but let’s see
The problem is he can’t dance…If he sings another dance track, it will be abysmal on the stage.
12 points from Australia…
Good Luck to him, I hope for a great song !!
This is not very promising to be honest.
I hope that he will sing in Greek tough.
i doubt he speaks greek to begin with lol
Most European diasporas in Australia are from post WWII migration. It’s quite likely he understands Greek at very least as his grandparents would speak it to each other and to him. If he has travelled to Greece or Cyprus then he probably speaks enough.
Finally someone with a genuine connection to Cyprus. We can all rest easy now.
I hope that’s sarcasm cause he literally has no connection
Yes he does, his family is Greek Cypriot.
It’s written in the article if you wanna read. 🙂
the songs he’s released so far are pretty disastrous but i confide in panik giving him a decent song. cyprus is basically going to do their same bop trick as usual but with a man this time, i don’t see them giving anything that isn’t dance pop. i’m just disappointed they picked someone unknown to the public, the panik records partnership could’ve granted them someone more experienced and relevant.
panik will go to Sweden on a shopping spree. Don’t worry.
laurell barker is already going through her archive of dated 2016’d productions to craft andrew lamb’s perfect entry!
I don´t like Laurell Barker and her crappy songs…
Maybe they could stop in Malta first, make it a shorter journey?
They are far from disastrous if you like House music.
house music sweetie…
I like house music but his songs aren’t very good…
To each their own, if he sent something like his song ‘Throne’, I would be over the moon
His song this year for Australia Decides was very very very boring and bland. He’s extremely handsome though but i do hope they teach him how to sing and improve his staging performance (being hot does not mean you have stage charisma).
I am happy with this selection though, Cyprus finally selected a male singer (still not someone local..) and i think we should expect a banger since Panik Records is involved. Guess something like Switzerland 2019.
Good luck Cyprus!
That was the first thing that crossed my mind, Switzerland 2019, oh and erm Barker
As the first actual male performer since 2017, let’s hope he has a better song than Sandro!