- Lisa Andreas
Lisa Andreas, born
December 22, 1987is an English- Cypriot singerfrom Kent. At age 16, she represented Cyprusin the Eurovision Song Contest 2004and came fifth with her performance of "Stronger Every Minute". She was the youngest artist taking part in the competition that year.
Her father is English and her mother
Greek Cypriot. She was born in Englandbut christenedin Cyprus. She lived in Nicosiafor two years as an infant, but returned to Britain after her grandfather had health problems. She was always an active and outgoing girl, who at the age of 11 surprised herself and everyone who heard her when she took to the stage at a local pub on Karaokenight.
Having discovered her voice, she hasn't looked back since. More Karaoke followed, which led to Lisa taking part in a competition at the Strand in Gillingham, in which she took first place. Singing became more and more important to Lisa as she went on to perform at various concerts and road-shows giving her talents to support such good causes as Children with
Leukaemia, and she performed in a concert at the Red Cube in Londonto raise funds for the New York disaster fund for the September 11th attacks.
Battling her way through the minefield which is a music industry career Lisa has worked her way up, from performing in fields of mud, in the pouring rain, where half of the audience wore their own home grown woolly coats, bleating along to the music to working alongside such performers as
Atomic Kittenand Damage at much higher profile venues. She has also been a popular performer in the Pride concerts such as Leicester Pride, Manchester Europrideand with an audience of more than 25,000 at the Cardiff Mardi Gras
Lisa has also worked with the
Kent Policeby performing to her peers at Snap shows in Kentish schools.
Lisa's Cypriot heritage came to the fore in 2004 when at aged just sixteen years old on 22/12/03, Lisa, now an angelic beauty with "powerful lungs", (as Terry Wogan would say) came from nowhere to beat the other 10 participants for the right to represent Cyprus in the
Eurovision Song Contest 2004, proving that racy costumes and raunchy dance routines were not necessary to do well in the competition. She was the youngest artist taking part in the competition, and came in 5th place with the song " Stronger Every Minute" an emotional power-ballad which gave Lisa a chance to show off her amazing vocals and a maturity beyond her years and her placing in 2004 has given Cyprus the chance to participate in the finals for the 50th Eurovision Song Contest 2005, without having to take part in the initial heats.
Later, the performance was used by the organisers EBU to prove this fact, after criticism that the show was too focused on performance only. Andreas was the only person onstage for her performance and was likened by one broadcaster to a young
Since December 2004, Lisa has split from her previous management and is enjoying her singing career. In addition to all the excitement of the
Eurovisionshe has successfully passed all ten of her GCSEs, with good grades and is busy developing her own material, writing and co-producing her own songs.
She appeared at the Eurovision night
Stockholm Pridefestival in the summer of 2004, where she took the show by storm as she entered the stage singing her song 'Stronger Every Minute' silencing the Pride park as they listened to her enchanting voice. Although so young she is a confident and polished performer on stage and her aura reaches out to make a special direct contact with her audiences as usually only the most experienced artists can do. This all rounded performer has also danced at Her Majesty's Theatrein London in March of 2005.
Last December Lisa visited
Cubafor a very special family occasion, celebrating her 18th birthday on the Caribbeanisland
February 22, 2006Lisa was back in Cyprus, performing in the Cyprus finals of Eurovision 2006 for special celebrations commemorating the 25 years which Cyprus takes part in the Eurovisioncompetition.
She successfully auditioned for the judges in the fourth series of British TV series The X Factor, being put through to the second round.
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