Rumours have been circling for weeks but now Cypriot broadcaster CyBC has confirmed who will be their man in Rotterdam. The American-Greek German singer Sandro will represent Cyprus at Eurovision 2020.
Following an earlier teaser post, the broadcaster made the announcement today with a post on social media, which shows Sandro sitting at a piano deep in thought.
While Sandro has been confirmed as Cyprus’ act for Eurovision 2020, his song is yet to be released. The CyBC team will internally select the song and reveal it later in the season.
Last week, a Cypriot TV show claimed that three songs had been shortlisted for Sandro: “Mucho calor” (uptempo dance), “Can’t Look Away” (mid-tempo dance) and “Never Let You Down” (modern pop). However, the latest reports suggest that two of those songs have been replaced, leaving the three contenders as “My Getaway”, “Falling to Pieces” and “Never Let You Down”.
While Cyprus has previously sent dance-pop bangers to Eurovision, there is speculation that Sandro may go for a pop-rock style closer to that of Canadian singer Shawn Mendes.
Who is Cyprus’ Eurovision singer Sandro?
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.
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