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Eurovision 2023 Cyprus profile: ‘Break a Broken Heart’ by Andrew Lambrou

Cyprus in the Eurovision Song Contest

Cyprus made their debut in the Eurovision Song Contest back in 1981 with Island performing ‘Μόνικα’ finishing up in 6th place. Over the years Cyprus managed to reach fifth place three times: first in 1982 with Anna Vissi’s ‘Μόνο η αγάπη’, again in 1997 with Hara & Andreas Constantinou ‘Μάνα μου’, and again in 2004 with Lisa Andreas’ power ballad ‘Stronger Every Minute’. It wouldn’t be until 2018 when Cyprus would get its best result yet when Eleni Foureira stormed the Eurovision Song Contest with her runner up placed epic banger ‘Fuego’.

2023 Entry: Andrew Lambrou - 'Break a Broken Heart'

  • Andrew Lambrou will compete 6th in the running order of semi-final 2

  • My Eurovision Scoreboard ranking: 20th

  • Odds to win ranking: 23rd

(Rankings as of 20 April 2023)

About the artist

Andrew Lambrou is a 24-year-old singer songwriter from Sydney with a Greek Cypriot family background.

At just five-years-old, Andrew learned to play piano at AMS music school. He continually entered vocal competitions where his passion for singing blossomed. When he was five-years-old, he won the AMS vocal Eisteddfod singing ‘Doh A Deer’. He went on to take music lessons at the LaVoce school of singing, being assisted by his vocal coach Marc Villagra.

His parents would go on to help him share videos onto his social media. He would upload new videos weekly until he suddenly accumulated over 2000 followers in one night. A 15 second Instagram post where he covered Sam Smith’s ‘Stay With Me’ ended up being shared on a music site in Spain. This inspired the young singer to continue sharing his covers and realise his potential to reach people with his music.

At 17-years-old he auditioned for ‘X Factor Australia’ in 2015 where he sung a cover of Nick Jonas’ ‘Chains’. The judging panel included Dannii Minogue, James Blunt, Chris Isaac and Australia’s first Eurovision representative Guy Sebastian.

Andrew smashed his audition, and became one of the 20 successful acts making it into the super home visit stage. As part of the “Boys” category with Chris Isaak as his mentor, Andrew got the opportunity to sing in London for Chris and his guest mentors Simon Cowell and Rita Ora. Unfortunately, Andrew was eliminated during this round.

He grew to fame through consistent posting of pop song covers on YouTube, covering songs like ‘Havana’ by Camila Cabello and ‘Dusk Till Dawn’ by Zayn featuring Sia, the latter which has accumulated over 2.3 million views!

The young artist reached a milestone in his career when he signed with Sydney-based label City Pop Records.

About the song

‘Break a Broken Heart’ is written by Thomas Stengaard, Jimmy “Joker” Thörnfeldt, Jimmy Jansson and Marcus Winther-John all of whom have written Eurovision entries in the past.

It is a song about relationships that end with a broken heart but in the end they might very well push us to rise again from the ashes, even stronger.

In an interview with Aussievision, Andrew revealed the meaning behind 'Break a Broken Heart':

“The song is about going through hardships in the past, relationships wise. You know coming back stronger... powering through it.

“Coming through stronger at the end. I think you can apply that to anything in life. You will face hard times and hardships. But you can always bounce back and come through stronger.”

Photo credit: Nikos Zikos

How Andrew Lambrou was selected for Eurovision

Andrew Lambrou was internally selected by the Cypriot broadcaster. Andrew revealed that his selection started from an email he received from the Cypriot team.

Andrew will be the first male artist to represent Cyprus on the Eurovision stage in six years, following Hovig, who performed ‘Gravity’ for the island nation in 2017. Sandro was selected to represent Cyprus in 2020, but it didn’t eventuate due to the cancellation of the Contest.

Cyprus will compete in semi-final 2 on May 11 (European time) in Liverpool.

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