CYPRUS – 17 years ago a Cypriot girl from the UK aged 16, represented Cyprus ranking in the top five of the Eurovision Song Contest with the song STRONGER EVERY MINUTE by Mike Connaris.
In 2021 Mike and Lisa decided to re-release the song on digital platforms on June 4th. Team oikotimes got the exclusive interview of Lisa after 17 years of being away from the European media.
Having the pleasure to speak with Lisa we noticed one thing. 17 years after, the time hasn’t left a single print on her and chatting with her was a complete deja vu. It was just like talking again to the 16-year-old girl in Istanbul.
We talked about the experience of Eurovision and how Turkey welcomed the Cyprus delegation back then.
It wasn’t a big secret that along with the entire Europe, Lisa also had a small crash on Sakis Rouvas, who back then represented Greece and STRONGER EVERY MINUTE singer explains how was their relationship with the Greek superstar back then.
But the big question is whether Lisa will be back in Eurovision. We knew she left no open doors for such an option in the past but something seems to have changed. What has been up to those years of being away from the Eurovision fandom?
How accidental was the re-release of STRONGER EVERY MINUTE and why she thinks we need to get this digital release now?
What are her comments about Eurovision 2021? Why Switzerland is her favourite song this year and what were her comments about Cyprus? How did she react when she confirms her vibes that Stefania has something of Sakis Rouvas, as she learns from us that Greece’s 2021 team is similar to that of 2004?
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.
ABOUT LISA & EUROVISION
Lisa Andreas is an English singer, with a British father and a Greek Cypriot mother. At age 16, she represented Cyprus in the Eurovision Song Contest 2004 and came fifth with her performance of “Stronger Every Minute”. Andreas was the youngest singer taking part in the competition that year.
Andreas began performing as a solo artist at the age of 13 and won a competition at the Strand in Gillingham. Singing became more important to her and she went on to perform at various concerts and roadshows, giving her talents to support charities such as Children with Leukaemia. She performed in a concert at the Red Cube in London to raise funds for the New York disaster fund for the 11 September 2001 attacks. Andreas has also performed at Pride concerts including Leicester Pride, Manchester Europride and, with an audience of more than 25,000, at the Cardiff Mardi Gras. She has also worked with the Kent Police by performing to her peers at Snap shows in Kentish schools.
The Cypriot national final in order to select Cyprus’ entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2004 took place on 17 February 2004 at the Pavilion Night Club in Nicosia, hosted by Loukas Hamatsos.
Artists and composers were able to submit their entries to the broadcaster between 15 October 2003 and 2 January 2004. All artists and composers were required to have Cypriot nationality. At the conclusion of the deadline, 62 entries were received by CyBC. Ten entries were selected by a five-member selection committee and announced on 7 February 2004.
The final took place on 17 February 2004. Ten entries competed and the winner, “Stronger Every Minute” performed by Lisa Andreas, was selected by a combination of votes from public televoting (60%) and a jury panel (40%).
In addition to the performances of the competing entries, the show featured guest performances by 2004 Israeli Eurovision entrant David D’Or and 2004 Lithuanian Eurovision entrants Linas and Simona.
For the Eurovision Song Contest 2004, a semi-final round was introduced in order to accommodate the influx of nations that wanted to compete in the contest. Because Cyprus placed 20th at the 2003 contest, Lisa was forced to compete in the first Eurovision semi-final, held on 12 May 2004. She performed 14th, following Albania and preceding Macedonia. Cyprus qualified to the final, placing 5th in the semi-final and scoring 149 points.
In the final, the country performed 21st, following the United Kingdom and preceding Turkey and placed 5th in the final, scoring 170 points from 31 countries, meaning that Cyprus automatically qualified for the final in the 2005 contest.