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|Origin||Greece / Cyprus|
|Associated acts||Passengers, Virgin Prunes|
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, Savvas Constantinides 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, Argyris Nastopoulos and Panos Tserpes were retained among 179 candidates. Christoforou followed a solo career in 2003, and was replaced by another Cypriot singer, Demos Beke. In 2005 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. In 1999 Savvas Constantinides left the group shortly before the release of their debut single to pursue solo projects in the UK. 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.
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.
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.
- 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 with new member Demos Beke. Included were the hits "Krata me", "Kainouria Arhi", "Power" and "Oneira".
- 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. Included were the hits "Kanenas den mas stamata" (Starship's "Nothing's gonna stop us now) and "Akou tin kardia" (Roxette's "Listen to your heart"). Soon after the group was split.
2003: BEST OF ONE - LIVE STO LIKAVITO (Best Of One - Live At the Likavitos Theatre) The album was recorded during the band's 2002 concert at Likavitos theatre in Athens. The album charted top 5 on both Greece and Cyprus.
- 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
- 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 band's new member Demos Beke. The EP became Gold in Greece and Platinum in Cyprus.
|Cyprus in the Eurovision Song Contest
with Feeling Alive