Bit by bit we are coming to know the full details of Cyprus’ entry for Eurovision 2020 – and on February 11 we got one step closer, as Sandro dropped the name of his competing song via his Instagram Stories.
Sandro’s Eurovision song title is “Running”
Without further ado, we can officially reveal that the song representing Cyprus will be titled “Running”. On top of that, the Greek-German singer treated us to the single’s official artwork, which you can see below.
The sleek and minimalist cover appears to depict a dark hallway or corridor with different doors. These could be escapes or exits from one’s problems — or even something more sinister. If you just glance at it, you may think it’s an abstract image that depicts vertical lines, with the illusion of shattered glass and a tear in the bottom-right. The dark colour scheme, as well as the visual representations of breaking, hint that Sandro’s Eurovision entry may be about feeling broken within – and “Running” to escape your problems.
This coincides with what Sandro told us about his entry’s sincere and heartfelt nature when we met up with him this December:
“It will be something that comes straight from the heart. I’m a very emotional guy and I have a story to tell. I want to help people out.”
“I think music is also about helping each other and I write music for people that feel sad, that feel alone, abandoned. I wrote a song that is about that very thing — that not everything in this life is always good or about happiness. Our song has a strong message. I write music that is real and that comes from a very true and genuine place.”
Sandro’s collaboration with Australian artist Alfie Arcuri
This also comes after the recent news from the Cypriot broadcaster, CYBC, that Sandro has teamed up with Australian singer, artist and composer Alfie Arcuri in the songwriting process. They first teased that collab by sharing a short film and single by Alfie called “If Only They Knew”. It explored the struggles of young LGBTQ people.
Given Arcuri’s musical style, this collaboration would fit Sandro’s description that the song will feel like “Shawn Mendes kisses James Arthur kisses Lewis Capaldi”.
Or, that kissing may be meant even more literally, and “Running” may follow the same theme of LGBTQ struggles as seen in the short film. Who knows?!
In addition to information on the song itself, Cyprus has also revealed that their artistic director for 2020 will be Austrian Marvin Dietmann, who was responsible for the staging of – among others – Conchita Wurst’s winning entry, “Rise Like a Phoenix”.
Whilst there is still no official date for the release of Cyprus’ Eurovision 2020 entry, as time counts down towards the deadline for final Eurovision submissions, we can assume that we can’t be kept waiting too much longer to hear “Running”. And the way things are shaping up, we’re expecting qua-li-tay.
What do you think? Are you excited to hear “Running”? Could Cyprus finally be on their way to their first ever Eurovision win? Leave your comments in the box below!