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.

Sandro is the fourth act to be confirmed for Eurovision 2020. He follows Hooverphonic (Belgium), Blas Cantó (Spain) and the recently announced VICTORIA (Bulgaria).

What do you think? Are you excited that Sandro has been selected? What sort of song should he take to Rotterdam? Tell us your thoughts below!

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Mws
Mws
7 months ago

Alright, I’m just gonna say it… Countries should nominate singers from their country.

Bart
Bart
9 months ago

It all depends on the song, but for now this decision makes me want to vomit.

Nikolas
Nikolas
9 months ago

As a Cypriot myself, there are a few things I’d like to say. Following the success of Eleni in 2018, Cyprus wants to play safe and pick up artists with previous stage experience or already established careers. Sandro seems like a nice guy but it just feels a bit weird having him as a representative of Cyprus. I’m not ethnicist, I totally supported both Eleni and Tamta even though they weren’t Cypriots, but this just feels weird. If you want to bring a completely unknown artist to represent Cyprus, let it be something big, REALLY big. If our standards are… Read more »

Axel93
Axel93
9 months ago

With Blas and Sandro already confirmed, it seems that 2020 will be full of hot male singers, just like 2019. Eurovision is turning into GAY-vision, and I’m living for it!

paul
paul
9 months ago

isnt the point of an internal selection,to send a really great singer and song,peferably a successful established artist.
I dont understand an internal selection that sends a relitavely unknown singer,that could have come from a choice in a selection show.
Now its way to early without even knowing the song and I wish sandro well,but I doubt it will be eurovision in cyprus in 2021.
give it a year or two and eleni will be rolled out again,in an effort to do a dima bilan

James
James
9 months ago
Reply to  paul

It’s always a gamble whether they select an unknown singer or an established one internally. It paid off well with the Netherlands this year when they selected Duncan after 6 years of choosing known faces, including O’G3NE.

Minerva
Minerva
9 months ago

I think a male act for Cyprus next year is a good idea. He sounds well, he’s young, he’ll probably get votes from the girls…let’s just hope for a good song. Something witty and catchy. Hopefully not the typical ‘I love you girl, I miss you’.

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
9 months ago
Reply to  Minerva

teen girls have moved on from white mediocrity, they now seem to worship k-pop idols

Denis
Denis
9 months ago
Reply to  Minerva

Hmm. Aren’t teen girls more into Billie Eilish now?

Sun
Sun
9 months ago

Just watch his videos. He sounds so shaky when he moves so I don’t think She Got Me is the right direction for him. Pop rock or pop ballad sound more like it.

Sun
Sun
9 months ago

A Swedish song is coming~

srulik
srulik
9 months ago

I hope he goes greek-pop

ESCFan2009
ESCFan2009
9 months ago

I need his fuego on replay xD

Tom
Tom
9 months ago
Reply to  ESCFan2009

A yeah yeah a yeah

Héctor
Héctor
9 months ago

He could go Shawn Mendes or Luca Hanni. Won’t expect much originality though. Blas Canto and him could go similar, but Blas has different style so hope they don’t overshadow each other.

James
James
9 months ago

Third non-Cypriot artist with zero connections to Cyprus in a row. Hopefully they go local with the song but I won’t expect much.

Sam
Sam
9 months ago

Another passport to the final for Cyprus!

Denis
Denis
9 months ago

Sounds promising. Pop-rock is safe enough that it won’t offend anyone and it’s kind hard to dislike it
Let’s just hope it’s not written by Alex P..

Aitor Robles Morillas
Aitor Robles Morillas
9 months ago

I think Cyprus will return into Top5 of The Grand Final o Eurovision 2020 because This Guy is so unbelievable charm on stage and his vocals are quite better than Foureira or Tamta ones. Well done Cyprus from Spain

Jo.
Jo.
9 months ago

Hovig vibes

Tom
Tom
9 months ago
Reply to  Jo.

He was a human after all …

Sabrina
Sabrina
9 months ago

Based on his body of work so far, it’s hard to know what expect. He’ll do something pop, that’s for sure, but maybe not following the steps of “Fuego” this time. I can see he doing something more like Chingiz’s song, for example.

Joe
Joe
9 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

I did like Truth!

Joe
Joe
9 months ago

Seems promising. Won’t make any judgment calls until we hear the song!

Aris
Aris
9 months ago

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 »

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
9 months ago
Reply to  Aris

we saw his the voice audition and it’s almost like he thought he was at your face sounds familiar from how hard he was tryin to imitate shawn mendes’ voice safhjsdajk

Jakub
Jakub
9 months ago

Do you remember how many artists we knew at that time last year?

MahpeykerKösem (KESC)
MahpeykerKösem (KESC)
9 months ago
Reply to  Jakub

I think Srbuk was confirmed on 30 November. Tamta was announced in December and Jonida was selected in December as well. So only Srbuk!

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
9 months ago

the fact that someone who was eliminated in the singoffs at the voice was the best they could get tho… i don’t think cyprus needs to get random ppl with no connection to the island. i understand eleni/tamta who were already estabilished stars but cypriots are gonna be like who tf is this guy. the fact that he auditioned with a yawn mendes song isn’t promising either…

Azaad
Azaad
9 months ago

Exactly- Eleni and Tamta were huge stars in Cyprus which made their selection more justified (especially Eleni, since ERT didn’t want to anger far right nationalists by picking someone of Albanian origin to represent them). Sandro isn’t even well known in Greece.

One thing though is that Cyprus have since 2017 selected a singer with an ethnic and or national connection to another competing country even aside from Greece- Armenia for Hovig, Albania for Eleni, Georgia for Tamta and Germany for Sandro.

Mr X
Mr X
9 months ago
Reply to  Azaad

and he isn´t even well known in germany…..

James
James
9 months ago
Reply to  Azaad

Wasn’t Tamta a reality show alumnae as well?

Azaad
Azaad
9 months ago
Reply to  James

Tamta did Greek Idol and was a judge on X factor Georgia- but she’s far more well known than Sandro and had been on Wishlists for Greece and Georgia for much of the 2010s.

James
James
9 months ago
Reply to  Azaad

Well no better way to kickstart a likely career in the Greek and Cypriot music industry than being given a shot to represent a country in Eurovision.

Minerva
Minerva
9 months ago
Reply to  Azaad

Eleni did not want to sing in Greek when ERT decided to try something different: a singer to represent Greece singing in Greek. If she really wanted to represent Greece, she could have agreed.

Dawid
Dawid
9 months ago

You don’t win “the voice” just with a voice… Its more about show you know

xohxoh
xohxoh
9 months ago

I don’t know him or what he sings but i can already tell that it’s gonna be Arcade or She Got Me 2.0

Tom
Tom
9 months ago
Reply to  xohxoh

I had same vibes from him BUT lets hear song and then we can judge 🙂

ExklusivMaro
ExklusivMaro
9 months ago

why do so many singers from different countries take part in the voice of Germany? What is so special on Germany and music industry

pepe
pepe
9 months ago
Reply to  ExklusivMaro

He was born in Germany and grew up there. Isn’t the Voice of Germany the most logical edition to take part in?

johny
johny
9 months ago
Reply to  ExklusivMaro

What are you talking about? I‘m genuinely asking – can you give any examples of what you mean? I don‘t know of any other particularly famous international participants at the Voice of Germany….

Kris
Kris
9 months ago
Reply to  johny

Natia todua

James
James
9 months ago
Reply to  Kris

Natia was working in Germany.

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
9 months ago
Reply to  johny

Iveta mukuchyan

James
James
9 months ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

Iveta grew up in Germany.

Jonas
Jonas
9 months ago

It’s a shame that Cyprus seem to have stopped valuing their own performers.

TOM
TOM
9 months ago

I think I’m pregnant

Roelof Meesters
Roelof Meesters
9 months ago

Great, another act representing Cyprus that has (next to) nothing to do with Cyprus. Don’t get me wrong, he seems like a great choice and I’m sure he’ll bring a good song (the lineup for 2020 is fantastic so far) but it would be nice to see Cyprus send someone of the island for once.

RoboESC
RoboESC
9 months ago

Uhm hello Eurovision next male model 😮

Jessey
9 months ago

Hi guys can you help me he compete in new wave in new wave are they singing original songs or covers?

Ulvi
Ulvi
9 months ago
Reply to  Jessey

Your profile picture really looks like Polegend Godgarina’s, I always get very excited, when I see it, but then I realise it’s you….

Jonas
Jonas
9 months ago
Reply to  Ulvi

What a mean, unnecessary thing to say.

Jessey
9 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Yeah

Jessey
9 months ago
Reply to  Ulvi

why you get excited about him?

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
9 months ago
Reply to  Ulvi

screaming into an abyss rn

Jessey
9 months ago

Thank you robyn

A random russian guy
A random russian guy
9 months ago
Reply to  Jessey

You have to send an application before March 2020. The auditions take place in Moscow in April-May and 12-14 performers are selected from a large number of hopefuls. This year 400 performers were chosen for live auditions out of 2,000 applications. By the way, the country you are representing doesn’t matter in auditions. Theoretically, they can choose more than one performer from a given country and not choose any performers from others. What they are interested in – is 1) your voice (you should prepare two short pieces for auditions) 2) your stage presence, artistic skills 3) potential of becoming… Read more »

F@b
9 months ago

There is absolutely no surprise ! Just like last year, the choice for Cyprus was already known two weeks ago. I wonder why they teased us today…

Nikki
Nikki
9 months ago

He’s interesting, and handsome (if I’m allowed to say). And a part of me would love something mixing Greek and English, Cyprus hasn’t got Greek for a while.

Rasmus
Rasmus
9 months ago
Reply to  Nikki

why arent you alllowed :)?

EuroSluuuuuutty
EuroSluuuuuutty
9 months ago
Reply to  Nikki

Downvoted for calling him handsome. Stop objectifying men please

Gorilla716
Gorilla716
9 months ago

He’s a very exciting choice and has a great voice. I’m glad that it seems that Cyprus will do something different from what they have done the last two years.

Ulvi
Ulvi
9 months ago

Does anyone know where Erasmus is from?

pepe
pepe
9 months ago
Reply to  Ulvi

Rotterdam. Born there in 1466.

Erasmus
Erasmus
9 months ago
Reply to  Ulvi

Me?

Ulvi
Ulvi
9 months ago
Reply to  Erasmus

Yes. You.
Does anyone know, how I can choose a profile picture in here, btw?

Eramsus
Eramsus
9 months ago
Reply to  Ulvi

From Slovenia, why? + I do not know how

Ulvi
Ulvi
9 months ago
Reply to  Eramsus

Interesting, you seemed kinda like a Zimbabwe guy. I predict by analyzing comments, where their author is from.

Erasmus
Erasmus
9 months ago
Reply to  Ulvi

what lol why ahhah?!

Ulvi
Ulvi
9 months ago

Sounds kinda complicated, but thank you
I was almost gonna ask Mr Vanilla Bean about it.

Pavlos
Pavlos
9 months ago

LET’S DO THISSSSSSS

Gorilla716
Gorilla716
9 months ago

When are you going to upload a video about him?

pepe
pepe
9 months ago

Has he ever been to Cyprus?

KESC
KESC
9 months ago
Reply to  pepe

Lmao, the question is if Tamta or Eleni had done so as well.

MadProfessor
MadProfessor
9 months ago
Reply to  KESC

No they hadn’t ’cause apparently if an artists has a career in Greece they are not allowed to come to Cyprus for a concert/tv appearance. It’s forbidden!

yom124
yom124
9 months ago
Reply to  MadProfessor

What drugs are you on, Eleni has been to Cyprus many times and done a ton of concerts going back as far as last decade.

EmilyG
EmilyG
9 months ago

Good luck to Cyprus.I don’t like the Shawn Mendes approach but ok lets wait and see.

Rasmus
Rasmus
9 months ago
Reply to  EmilyG

a voice like shawn mendes and a song like seniorita. Do you think Cyprus would win then:)?

Nata
Nata
9 months ago
Reply to  Rasmus

Maybe, but in my opinion, Senorita would be by far the worst winning song in the history of the contest.
And I really don’t like any of the two singers’ voices.

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
9 months ago
Reply to  Rasmus

shawn mendes’ nasal and whiny voice is a literal nightmare