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ONE is a disbanded boy band that first appeared in 1999 and which is recognized as both Greece and Cyprus's very first boy band. The band was formed by leading Cypriot-Greek composer Giorgos Theofanous who got them signed with Minos EMI and wrote all their music and lyrics, and consisted of Constantinos Christoforou, Demetres Koutsavlakis, Philippos Constantinos, Argyris Nastopoulos and Panos Tserpes. In 2003 Christoforou left the group shortly before 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 of that year they released their first single, with their debut album following in October. At the end of 2001, national Cypriot broadcaster CyBC requested that they participe 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 Constantinos Christoforou's second Eurovision performance as already having represented Cyprus in 1996 with the song "Mono Yia Mas".

Constantinos 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)".

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Discography

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

Studio albums

    • ONE (1999)

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)

    • MORO MOU (2001) (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.

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

The album was originally released in May 2002, featuring the no1 single Gimme (Cyprus Entry - Eurovision Song Contest 2002).

  • Eho Tosa Na Sou + The One And Only Special Edition

The album 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.

    • ONEira (2003) (Dreams)

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

    • 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 80's and 90's. The album failed to have any hit single, or make any commercial success of its own. It was the poorest selling album of the group and because of that fact the group was split.

Live albums

    • BEST OF ONE - LIVE STO LIKAVITO (2003) (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 Constantinos Christoforou departure from the band. The album charted top 5 on both Greece and Cyprus.

EPs/Maxi Singles

    • ONE (1999)

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

    • 200ONE (2000)

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

    • GIMME (2002)

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.

    • DAME (2002)

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

    • KAINOURIA ARHI (2003) (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.

See also

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