Earlier this week, details emerged of the internal selection process Cyprus broadcaster CyBC is using for Eurovision 2020. This included the news that Cyprus was looking for a male singer for Rotterdam. And now a name has emerged — The Voice of Germany star Sandro Nicolas.
Eurovision news blog Eurovision Fun reports that broadcaster CyBC is in talks with the German artist to be Cyprus’ man in Rotterdam.
Sandro is said to have also been on the wishlist for German broadcaster NDR to be part of their selection process for Eurovision 2020. But an artist can only represent one country and all signs point to Sandro going with Cyprus.
Who is Sandro Nicolas?
Born in Germany as Alessandro Rütten, Sandro has an American father and a Greek mother. He speaks German, English and Greek. Music has been part of his life from an early age, starting with playing the drums at age four, moving on to the guitar and writing his own songs from the age of 15.
In 2015, he auditioned for Supertalent — the German version of the Got Talent franchise. Sandro didn’t get far in the contest and later said he felt “the format did not fit”.
But he kept working on his music and later got his break with the 2018 season of The Voice of Germany.
Sandro impressed both the series coaches and the audience with his powerful audition of Shawn Mendes’ “In My Blood”. He was eventually eliminated in the sing-offs round, but left the contest as one of the more memorable acts.
Earlier this year Sandro represented the United States in New Wave 2019, the international contest for young singers. This was his debut using his new stage name Sandro Nicolas.
Sandro charmed the voting panel with his performances over the week. He finished in sixth place with 243 points — a higher rank than Azerbaijan’s Eurovision star Aisel who finished eighth.
And now it appears that Sandro may have Eurovision in his sights. Eurovision Fun reports that talks between Sandro and broadcaster CyBC are ongoing but they “appear to be moving in a very positive direction.”
OGAE Greece earlier reported that the Cyprus broadcaster had received around 120 song submissions. From those, the broadcaster has made a shortlist and will soon decide which song will be heard on stage at Rotterdam Ahoy arena.
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