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.

What do you think? Is Sandro Nicolas a good pick for Cyprus? What sort of song should he sing? Tell us your thoughts below!

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sonoene
sonoene
7 months ago

Josephine cant hit A SINGLE note, so pleeeease…

Jake
Jake
7 months ago

I don’t mind singers from a different country representing other countries but this guy seems to have no allegiances–hes been on Voice Germany…then he represents the US…his mother is Greek…now he’s representing Cyprus I don’t mind Greeks representing Cyprus especially if their careers bridge the 2 countries, but it does seem like he has no connection to Cyprus…I am left to wonder if he’s actually been to Cyprus…if the first time was to negotiate his contract–then this is odd Also, Cyprus has enough singers and songwriters within the Greek/Cypriot bubble that it shouldn’t be having a German guy singing a… Read more »

John
John
7 months ago

Apparently according to a Greek tv talk show cybc has no plans for a national selection until 2025. Not sure why, looks like they are trying this strategy to see if it works. To be honest it wasn’t working for us either when we had a national selection lol

grft
grft
7 months ago

Imagine how tired we are

Africavision
Africavision
7 months ago

I hope Cyprus or Greece sends a laïkó/traditional/ethno-pop/folk sort of song, and maybe Loukas Yorkas would be a good candidate to deliver it.

Mr X
Mr X
7 months ago
Reply to  Africavision

I absolutely agree with you. Anyway, there are some rumours about the greek entry in Rotterdam. This time is singing in the national language obligatory.

Max
Max
7 months ago

How about Iasonas Mandilas?

Denis
Denis
7 months ago

Cyprus is the new Luxemburg and Monaco.. Hiring from abroads with artists not related to the country. But hey, it worked for all parties so why quit it now?

Tom
Tom
7 months ago
Reply to  Denis

Hopefully Cyprus will not wildraw from ESC then …..like Lux and Monaco

Peter
Peter
7 months ago

If this is true, I think they saw how well Switzerland did last year and are following that recipe. A good looking kid, charming personality, great voice, can dance, and has stage show experience. Pair that with a great song like She Got Me and I think they could do really well.

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
7 months ago

I approve of this choice.

BANSHEE4THEWIN
BANSHEE4THEWIN
7 months ago

I am absolutely sick and tired of Cyprus “borrowing” singers from other countries. I’m sure there is lots of Cypriot artists willing to do ESC in the country if the broadcaster actually looked for their own artists Instead if stealing one from neighbouring countries or abroad. If Malta can send their own singers then I see no reason why Cyprus can’t either.

Eastman
Eastman
7 months ago
Reply to  BANSHEE4THEWIN

Malta badly wants to win but they struggle to qualify with their local acts. Cyprus switched to Greek imports and placed second in 2018. Cyprus won’t give up until they win.

For a small country with a limited talent pool, it’s a no brainer to take a page from the Luxembourg playbook and call in outside talent.

yom124
yom124
7 months ago
Reply to  Eastman

A part time singer who works his day job as a doctor achieved Malta´s best result of the decade in 2013.

That should be enough to say that the performers aren´t the problem for Malta, its the songs, which with a couple of exceptions (such as 2019), have been mediocre at best.

Tom
Tom
7 months ago
Reply to  yom124

Agre Only Chameleón was a perfect song !!! And everyone talked only about ira and Walk on wather – it was trash …..

James
James
7 months ago
Reply to  Eastman

Malta and Cyprus have slightly larger populations, with many talent oozing out within their borders. In Luxembourg’s case, their population were smaller then when it was still taking part decades ago. San Marino at the moment, is the sole exception to the rule for obvious reasons. With that said, for a public broadcaster supposedly mandated to creating content relevant to its constituency, it’s bad enough that they’re getting artists with zero connections to the country (apart from the shared Greek-Cypriot music industry), but even songwriters involved are also imported. Surely, Cypriot fans must be feeling disconnected with the people representing… Read more »

James
James
7 months ago

Another year of a non-Cypriot national with little to zero connections to the country whatsoever representing Cyprus? I hope not.

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
7 months ago

another pretty boy without much to offer apart from looks, who’ll inevitably get a swedish-penned song…. cyprus should go for a different strategy tbh

yom124
yom124
7 months ago

Why?

Going the full Swedish strategy has brought them from a laughing stock of results to one of the most consistent qualifiers in the contest. Including their best result ever.

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
7 months ago
Reply to  yom124

success should go hand in hand with integrity, and they have none as of late. they got lucky with eleni foureira, one of the best entertainers to bless the eurovision stage, but their other four swedish-penned acts had underwhelming results. they should really try with sumthin else in order not to seem like a one-trick pony. hungary for example qualified 8 times out of 9 n averaged better than cyprus, always with very different songs.

Nick
Nick
7 months ago

As a Greek ? believe it’s a marvellous choice for Cyprus and i want Cyprus to give him a chance . The same story happened back in 2001 that Greece chose to represent us a group that was mostly famous in Sweden and the rest is history !

Chris
Chris
7 months ago
Reply to  Nick

No is not the same at all. Antique was a band with a lot of success in Nordic and Greek charts prior to the contest. The people in Greece knew them already, for their songs “Opa-Opa” and “Dinata”. But despite that they had to win the Greek National Final in order to compete to the Eurovision, they were not an internal selection.
Probably this year Cyprus will fail, the boy has no star…

jack
jack
7 months ago

omg if they are not going with Vangelis Kakouriotis who was the obvious choice, means he is probably in talks with ERT

Manuel Treill
Manuel Treill
7 months ago
Reply to  jack

“The obvious choice” guy was just a huge rumour.

Greek eurofan
Greek eurofan
7 months ago
Reply to  jack

Stefania will most likely represent us

jack
jack
7 months ago
Reply to  Greek eurofan

she wont cause nobody knows or cares about her.

Hiiiii
Hiiiii
7 months ago

What about George Ioannides? The guy who participated for Cyprus in Junior Eurovision 2007. He sings great, is familiar with performing in Ahoy Rotterdam and omg he’s so hot I can’t check his Instagram.

Khan
Khan
7 months ago

Andorra is returning!

Jo.
Jo.
7 months ago
Reply to  Khan

Say yay yay yay!!

Gigii
Gigii
7 months ago
Reply to  Khan

Really?

Aris
Aris
7 months ago

Yaaas!
Excellent choice! Great singer !

Esc1234
Esc1234
7 months ago

So they won’t still any greek artist? It’s been a while

Joe
Joe
7 months ago

Now, THIS is the direction I like to see Cyprus moving in! He could be a good singer-songwriter-y pick.

Joe
Joe
7 months ago

Switzerland outdid Cyprus at their own game this year. We don’t need another Fuego, but I could stand another She Got Me! The difference here is that Sandro here has a good ballad-y kind of voice. It’d be a shame to not use his vocals to their advantage.

Azaad
Azaad
7 months ago

Well this would be a letdown in terms of star appeal after Eleni and Tamta- you would think they would try to get Vangelis Kakouriotis if they wanted a male Greek star (unless ERT want him for Greece?). This isn’t meant to be shady, but Cyprus’ last two acts were a lot more famous. Of course, he could have a great song and voice.

Joe
Joe
7 months ago
Reply to  Azaad

I think the last three years of Eurovision have proven local name wattage doesn’t mean jack in terms of winning chances.

LoveWave
7 months ago
Reply to  Azaad

Stefania will probably represent Greece!

Mute
Mute
7 months ago
Reply to  LoveWave

They have said many times that they are planning to do a national final. So maybe Ian Stratis, Vangelis Kakouriotis, Stefania and some other surprises will probably fight with each other for the representation of Greece. Don’t forget also that after the elections in Greece, Panik has good reasons to return to ESC so we expect many artists from this music industry.

Aris
Aris
7 months ago

Yaaasss!
Excellent choice! Great singer !!