One (band)

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For the rock band with John Payne initially called One, see GPS (band).
One
Origin Greece / Cyprus
Genres Pop
Years active 1999–2004
Associated acts Passengers, Virgin Prunes
Members Constantinos Christoforou
Demetres Koutsavlakis
Philippos Constantinos
Savvas Constantinides
Argyris Nastopoulos
Panos Tserpes

ONE was a boy band that first appeared in 1999, recognized as both Greece and Cyprus's very first boy band. The band was formed by leading Cypriot-Greek composer Giorgos Theofanous and Minos EMI A&R Manager Vangelis Yannopoulos. Constantinos Christoforou and Phiippos Constantinos were on board quite early, chosen by Giorgos Theofanous. The next three members were picked up after a selective audition that took place in legendary Athenian Sierra Studio. The selecting committee consisted of Natalia Germanou, Posidonas Yannopoulos, Andreas Kouris, Themis Georgandas, Theofanous and Yannopoulos. Demetres Koutsavlakis, Savvas Constantinides, Argyris Nastopoulos and Panos Tserpes were retained among 179 candidates. Constantinides left the group in 2000 to pursue other creative interests and Christoforou followed a solo career in 2003. Shortly after, the rest of the band formally disbanded. In their 6 year existence they enjoyed much commercial success and earned platinum certifications, as well as having staged memorable performances with successful Greek singers at music halls and in concerts.

In July 1999 they released their first single, with their debut album following in October. All music and lyrics were written by Giorgos Theofanous (as was all the rest of the musical recorded material of the band) while Vangelis Yannopoulos was producing.

Eurovision 2002[edit]

At the end of 2001, national Cypriot broadcaster CyBC requested that they participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2002. They agreed and Theofanous wrote the song "Gimme" especially for the occasion. Backup vocals were performed by Christina Argyri who was part of the stage duo Voice who represented Cyprus in 2000. After finishing in 6th place they became famous in both Cyprus and Greece and landed platinum certifications.

This was Christoforou's second Eurovision performance as already having represented Cyprus in 1996 with the song "Mono Yia Mas".

Christoforou went on to once again represent Cyprus as a solo artist in the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 with the song "Ela Ela (Come Baby)".

Discography[edit]

Through their 5 years ONE had released 5 studio albums, 1 live album, 4 maxi singles, and many singles. Their sales exceed 700 000 copies.

Studio albums[edit]

  • 1999: ONE

Their debut album released by Minos EMI included hits like "Proti Mou Fora", "Stin Agakalia Sou" and others. Reached Platinum status in Greece (50 000 copies) and Platinum status in Cyprus (8 000 copies)

  • 2001: MORO MOU (My Baby)

Their follow-up album released by Minos EMI followed the success of album One selling more than 50 000 copies in Greece and more than 6 000 copies in Cyprus becoming Platinum in both countries.

  • 2002: EHO TOSA NA SOU PO (I Have So Much To Tell You)

The album was originally released in May 2002, featuring the number 1 single Gimme (Cyprus Entry - Eurovision Song Contest 2002). There was a second special edition of Eho Tosa Na Sou + The One and Only. It was re-released on December 2002 with a bonus CD featuring the new song "The One And Only" a cover version of Wham! classic hit Last Christmas and some of their greatest hits in English. The album was once again a Platinum sales record in Cyprus and Greece.

  • 2003: ONEira (Dreams)

The first studio album after Constantinos Christoforou departure with new member Demos VanBeke. Included were the hits "Kainouria Arhi", "Power" and "Onira". Still it failed to have a commercial success.

  • 2004: META APO CHRONIA (2004) (After Some Years)

The 5th album by ONE was an album of covers of some of the most popular Greek songs of the 1980s and 1990s. The album failed to have any hit single, or make any commercial success of its own. Soon after the group was split.

Live albums[edit]

2003: BEST OF ONE - LIVE STO LIKAVITO (Best Of One - Live At the Likavitos Theatre) The album was recorded during the bands 2003 concert in Likavitos theatre in Athens. It was released to mark Christoforou's departure from the band. The album charted top 5 on both Greece and Cyprus.

EPs/Maxi Singles[edit]

  • 1999: ONE (1999)

The band's first ever release was the EP ONE. It was an immediate success reaching Platinum status in Cyprus and Gold in Greece giving the band the chance to release their first studio album.

  • 2000: 200ONE

The EP 200ONE (Two Thousand ONE) was released on Christmas 2000 including 3 songs. The EP reached Platinum in Cyprus and Gold in Greece.

  • 2002: GIMME

The maxi single "Gimme" featured the Cypriot entry to the Eurovision Song Contest 2002. It became Platinum in both Greece (was their best selling single in Greece) and Cyprus.

  • 2002: DAME

Dame was the song Gimme in Spanish. The maxi-single was released in Summer 2002 in Spain.

  • 2003: KAINOURIA ARHI (New Beginning)

This EP was their first record to come out presenting the replacement of Constantinos Christoforou, Demos Van Beke. The EP became Gold in Greece and Platinum in Cyprus.

Preceded by
Voice
with Nomiza
Cyprus in the Eurovision Song Contest
2002
Succeeded by
Stelios Constantas
with Feeling Alive