More details have emerged surrounding the internal selection process being used by Cyprus broadcaster CyBC. A recent report from a Cyprus television show seems to confirm that the American-Greek German singer Sandro Nicolas has been internally selected to represent Cyprus in at Rotterdam.
Eurovision blog Eurovision Fun reports that on the TV show Éla Na Deis (Come and see), host Alexandros Taramountas revealed that CyBC has come up with a shortlist of three songs. The broadcaster had received more than 100 songs.
And singing one of those songs will be The Voice of Germany star Sandro Nicolas. Yesterday Sandro was said to be in talks with the broadcaster, but CyBC’s board is said to have already approved Sandro to be Cyprus’ man in Rotterdam.
But his song for Eurovision 2020 hasn’t been decided yet. The show revealed that three songs are under consideration: “Mucho calor” (uptempo dance), “Can’t Look Away” (midtempo) and “Never Let You Down” (modern pop).
Two of the songs are said to have been written by foreign songwriters while another one has been written by a Greek composer. Show host Alexandros revealed that “Mucho calor” was his favourite of the three.
The show also revealed that Sandro Nicolas was proposed to CyBC by so-called “Dream Team” project manager Ilias Kokotos. His involvement suggests that the “Dream Team” may be behind one of the three songs.
Sandro wasn’t the only artist under consideration for Eurovision 2020. CyBC has reportedly been in talks with Eurovision 2012 star Ivy Adamou. The “La La Love” singer turned down the opportunity for family reasons. Earlier this year she gave birth to her first child. R&B singer Ian Stratis was the other artist said to have previously been under consideration.
But in the end, broadcaster CyBC reportedly felt that Sandro was the best match for the three shortlisted songs.
The Cyprus broadcaster has not yet publicly commented on its entry for Eurovision 2020.
What do you think? Is this the right direction for Cyprus to take? What sort of song should Sandro sing in Rotterdam? Sound off below!
I am really sad to hear this, because CyBC could have tried to have a Dima Bilan moment 2.0 calling Eleni Back, trying to do something completely different than last year’s Tamta copycat song.
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His live is not so good. He really needs strong backup singers if he wanna sing a dance song.
Fans always tend to hate everything before they listen. Personally I would prefer to send Ian Stratis believe he would put on the table something different. Hope his name is still under consideration !
Omg, so much hate over one name. You haven’t even listened to the song yet and you started criticising! Calm down queens. If Cyprus chooses a female singer, you say they imitated Eleni and Tamta. If they choose a dance song, they imitated Fuego and Repay. They chose a man and now you say they imitated Switzerland, as if Switzerland was the only country that sent a male singer in Eurovision. You ask for something traditional or a ballad, Cyprus gave you both of these multiple times and no one voted for them! So as long as they do well… Read more »
I don’t shy away of giving my opinion. Thank God we are still not living in dictatorships as many would like and forced to listen the all day fuego and toy songs just to get alienated
Same old strategy. “Mucho calor” two year after “Fuego”? (for non Spanish speakers mucho calor means “very hot” or “much heat”). This is really basic and unoriginal. And his voice is super flat. Can Cyrpus not do better than that?
Every downvoter is here to destroy true and authentic European culture and music! Remember that when you downvote more.
I don’t understand Cyprus’ trying to appropriate Latin culture again…first it was Fuego…now Mucho Calor…so they hired a German with American/Greek ancestry to sing a spanish-titled song…for Cyprus
All is fair in love, war and… Eurovision.
Agreed! This is absolutely ridiculous.
I love Eleni. I love Tamta. And I’m pretty sure I’ll love Sandro too. Come on Nacosia 2021!
Who on earth is this singer? No one knows him in Cyprus! Hello we dont know him, shouldnt we be represented with someone we knew? Did he ever visited Cyprus? Does he even speak Greek? And when did cybc asked for songs? Was it all internal? Does the public of Cyprus has any saying on eurovision any more? I quess not! Well done Cyprus we are not amazed! We dont even care no more! So many artists on this island and cybc gives zero chances! Well done!
You know what? If he does well who cares if he’s famous or not. Before representing my country (Belgium) in 2017 Blanche only took part at The Voice but no one remembered her. She achieved a fabulous 4th place in Kiev!
Last year I read some comments from Dutch that Duncan Laurence wasn’t known enough. Guess what? He won.
But I agree with you on the point that it’s a bit sad that CyBc always takes artists in other countries.
He speaks completely fluent greek
He is of Greek heritage and travels to Greece every year so yes he can speak Greek fluently
does he travel to Cyprus? has he ever? was the first time to meet with CyBC?
He will travel a lot after this 🙂
And what about be connected to Cyprus? You didn’t say anything about that!
He is half Greek 🙂 so there you go 🙂
I said Cyprus not Greece and dont tell anything about Tamta or Foureira! Their songs were listened to the island and they were known! So Greece will take Taylor Swift is there any problem? Anyway Good luck my brothers from Cyprus!
He actually speaks Greek.. His mom is Greek 🙂
Very well said, my brother or sister! Any downvote you receive is a reminder of anyone that wants to kill European real musical traditions and culture! I am fully behind you!
I’m sorry, he can get it.
I think Cyprus should take at least a step away from uptempo / dance / reggaeton type of song this year. I am sure the shortlisted songs are good and he’s a great performer but their package definitely needs a sense of refreshment this year. I really like that they take it seriously and hope the best for them.
I would really love to get my hands on the different song options in all of the internal selections. I wonder if some gems got buried in some of them.
So basically after trying to copy their own entry from 2018 now they will try to recreate Switzerland 2019. Fun stuff. 🙂
Switzerland this year was fuego 2.0 so this is gonna be fuego 3.0
And what was Replay then? Fuego 1.5?
Yeah… This is really sad…
He looks like an x factor uk reject in the chair challenge
1. As if the most talented people are winning these shows.
2. Kinda rude thing to say, don’t you think?
“Kinda rude thing to say”. Lol he’s a singer so he has to be open to criticism and Jack is right. I mean it’s not necessarily a bad thing because it’s not easy to make a career nowadays. But the guy doesn’t seem to have any special style or anything, so the song will most likely be another generic pop tune that remained in the usual suspects’ (Dream Team, Symphonix, Alex P. etc) desk for a few years.
You can say many things about “scream” but you definitely can’t say it was “predictable” or “generic”
That is literally all you can say about it.
Change predictable with disappointing and here we go
You know what they mean by “modern pop”, don’t you? ^^
This i dont get. Cyprus send Fuego, and this year almost exactly Fuego again and maybe 2020 a third Fuego. What do the fans do? They LOVE IT! Sweden sends 3 males in a row with with different sounds. Benjamin, John,Robin dont sound the same. What do the fans do? THEY HATE THEM ALL! haha once again fans make me laugh. thanks.
Love them? That’s why Tamta only received 32 points from the televotes?!
Fuego 3.0 won’t succeed, sorry to disappoint.
Because there’s no correlation between Cyprus’ choice of artists and songs with that of Sweden’s.
in that case. Why did Cyprus send 2 similar years after another? in Sweden we dont do that.
Both countries don’t share the same selection methods.
Apples and oranges.
Get her, James.
once again you manage to be funny in the most negative way possible. Pathetic
i know. i just pointed out the truth. If Cyprus sends 3 the same. You love it. And What Sweden sends. You hate it. true?
we dont even heard the songs yet..chill
Tamta was like Walmart version of Eleni. People hyped her only because Cyprus did well a year before. We’ll see similar hype about N.Macedonia and Finland this year, Mark my words
Finland? Darude flopped last year. I do agree with you regarding Macedonia because they’ll probably send another song similar to Proud next year.
Fans dislike Sweden because the juries have overrated them the past years. John had the second best jury result while the televote was basically a “disaster” for Sweden. Benjamin had a similar even more extreme story.
Similar sounding songs are ok imo, if it’s good it’s good, if it’s bad it’s bad. In most cases fans like the song and don’t look at the flag it’s representing.
If you havent noticed people already said before our selection that they dont like Sweden 2020 haha. have they heard any of the 28 songs? NO. thats the funny part. I dont like the diaspora televoting. Take Cyprus for example. The y have voted the same for over 15 years. is that fun?
He came 9th in the televote, it was hardly a disaster
Yes that might be a bit exagerated but it was relatively speaking and I remembered John’s face.
there are some points rasmus has made ! i actually think sweden has more integrity in doin what they do bc… u kno…. those songs are all swedish lmfao
thanks. you know i gett soooo triggered sometimes here about some topics like the Sweden hate and that people want us to fail to qualify or that we only have males and generic songs and bought the jury. i get so mad. i know i shouldnt but you seem nice to even when i get triggerd sometimes:). from now i will be calm
Maybe if the Swedish fans wouldn’t be so arrogant towards other countries, especially Southern European, than you could receive some love back…
Relax… Why so much anger?… Haven’t you noticed that we looooove Sweden? And for what it’s worth, I think you are right on Cyprus, but that doesn’t mean that Sweden is sending jewels. And yes, sorry, Benjamin, John and Robin do sound alike.
Mucho calor = Fuego 3.0 ? Seems like Cyprus ha a good chance to stay hot as fire…
They did not seriously ask Ivi, did they? I mean Eleni-Tamta-Ivi?! What were they thinking, lmao
why? Ivi is really good. She should have been higher then 16th in 2012
Of course she is not bad. That’s not the problem, lol. But imagine sending Ivi only one year after Tamta and Eleni..
We’ve all seen how much both Tamta and Replay have been compared to Eleni and Fuego.
I can not guarantee that Ivi would’ve participated with a pop song, but I’m highly convinced that she would’ve done so.
I don’t think that it would’ve been a great idea to send Ivi, just like it wasn’t a good idea to send Tamta only one year after Eleni. I mean we have seen the outcome…
Tamta’s poor result is not Eleni’s fault. And no, Tamta would not have been able to bring “Fuego” to second place, either.
Cyprus needs to choose the uptempo dance. They are an island on the Med, this is what they represent and he is very “Spanish”. I could imagine him represent Spain.
how is he very spanish when he’s a greek-german lmfao it’s like sayin a person from the philippines is very chinese
Have you watched the videos and read his name ? LOL
We have a vibrant Filipino-Chinese community here in the Philippines, just FYI.
u see germany has a vibrant spanish-german community but sandro nicolas ain’t part of it. it’s like i called moira dela torre chinese
One can be both Filipino and ethnically Chinese as being Filipino is not an ethnicity itself but a nationality. The same way you can be both Malaysian, and ethnically Malay and Chinese.
We’re a very diverse bunch.
He seems nice and I like his voice, but for the lord of God, don’t choose the regeton.
Am I wrong or isn’t Eurovision Fun that website that made false claims about something last year? I think I’m wrong but idk
People really voting me down for asking a question… this community I-
Excellent choice! Great singer !