Last month Sandro was confirmed as Cyprus’ act for Eurovision 2020. Now the American-Greek German singer has performed live on Cyprus television, giving viewers an example of his performance style — and perhaps the type of song he might take to Rotterdam.
Sandro appeared on the live music show Soundtrack of Love. The show combines live performances of popular love songs along with studio guests who talk about their own love stories.
Sandro performed two songs on the show, beginning with Shawn Mendes’ 2016 international hit “Mercy”.
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This isn’t the first time Sandro has performed from the Shawn Mendes songbook. On The Voice of Germany, he auditioned with “In My Blood”, showing an affinity for the music of the Canadian singer-songwriter.
Sandro also performed a song by another young singer-songwriter, Scottish star Lewis Capaldi’s “Someone You Loved”.
With both songs, Sandro was able to show off his vocal talent, bringing a slight gravelly tone amid the sweetness and expressiveness.
The song choices also suggest that Sandro is most comfortable performing male singer-songwriter contemporary folk-pop. This might be a good indicator of the type of song Sandro will be performing in Rotterdam and suggests we won’t be hearing another dance-pop track from Cyprus like “Fuego” or “Replay”.
Sandro’s goal for Eurovision 2020
Sandro also had a sit-down chat with the show host, switching between English and Greek. He spoke about his excitement about both going to Eurovision and also having the opportunity to represent Cyprus.
The German singer revealed that his current visit to Cyprus was essentially his first time on the Mediterranean island. But, he said, after previously being inspired by beautiful photos of Cyprus, “I said to my mom, we gotta go to Cyprus — and here I am!”
Sando also said that his Eurovision schedule will be super busy, with many rehearsals and some shootings scheduled — this is most likely to be the song’s music video and the Cypriot Eurovision postcard.
His goal for Rotterdam is all about emotional honesty and connection. He explained, “The most important thing for me will be to stay true to myself, be an honest person and sing the song from the bottom of my heart.” He added, “I will try my best to stand there on that stage and do my thing and just be honest and touch people’s hearts.”
Watch Sandro’s full appearance on Soundtrack of Love
What do you think? Should Sandro select a Eurovision song in this folk-pop style? What sort of song would you like to hear him sing? Tell us your thoughts below!