CYPRUS – On May 7th, 2004, the final episode of Friends was broadcast on US Television. Five days later across the world in Istanbul, on May 12th, a young 16-year-old singer representing Cyprus in the Eurovision Song Contest took to the stage. That year was the very first ESC semi-final, and Lisa Andreas was one of 22 contestants competing for just 10 places in the Final, held in the magnificent Abdi İpekçi Arena.
What can be revealed now, on the morning of the semi-final, Lisa had awoken with a sore throat and was in great discomfort. It was going to be a challenge for her to hit the highest notes of the song, so together with her producer, Mike Connaris, they hastily arranged a rehearsal in the hotel to change the melody of certain parts of the song.
The semi-final went well, but with 9 countries already announced as proceeding to the Final, there was only one envelope left to open. The tension in the green room was unbearable, but when “CYPRUS” was announced as the last of the 10, the Cyprus delegation went wild. Being announced 10th, meant that Cyprus took the last available spot of 21st in the Final, and Lisa went on to achieve 5th position, with Cyprus also receiving the Marcel Bezençon award for composition, the first year it was introduced.
On 27th May 2021, Friends returned, and eight days later on Friday, June 4th, 2021, Lisa will return with her song, Stronger Every Minute, being released globally for the first time. It will feature an extended mix and the never heard English/Greek version, which Lisa sang only once at one of the rehearsals in Istanbul.
“I’m excited that Stronger Every Minute will be available on all streaming platforms and will give all the people that voted, and all the people that watched the performance, a chance to hit play and travel back to this time whenever they want. “ – Lisa Andreas
The Stronger Every Minute EP will be released through Mcasso Digital on Friday, June 4th, 2021 across all streaming platforms including Spotify, iTunes & Amazon.