Back in November, he was confirmed as Cyprus‘ act for Eurovision 2020. Now, after months of teasing, the American-Greek German singer Sandro has finally released “Running”, his song for Rotterdam.
The song was given its debut today when the music video was played on the CyBC show Happy Hour. The video gave viewers their first taste of the performance Sandro will bring to Rotterdam in May.
“Running” is a deep-house style of electro-pop song, with solid beats underscoring Sandro’s vocals. This may be a surprise for fans who were expecting some Shawn Mendes-style folk-pop from Sandro or for The Voice of Germany star to bring a ballad to Eurovision.
In the song, Sandro expresses his anxiety about a stressful situation. He doesn’t give too many details, but there’s a hint that it might be romantic in nature.
Sandro sings that “I’m tired of running from these demons” but then notes that “I keep on running away”. He’s a tormented man, wanting to resolve the stress in his life but not always wanting to face it. Relatable, tbh. But Sandro sounds determined, asserting “I don’t wanna fall again”.
When wiwibloggs caught up with Sandro in December, he spoke of the importance of bringing authenticity to his music. “Running” is described by the broadcaster as “a dark story with biographical elements that showcases the struggle against adversities and the storms that we have to weather in life.”
CyBC also notes that Sandro has put a lot of himself into the song. They add that “Having gone through depression himself, Sandro’s performance underlines the tunnel of darkness that we must keep on running through in difficulties or catastrophes but also of the strength needed to stand tall and not fall.”
The music video also brings the drama. It’s a simple scenario — just Sandro on his own with a few visual effects. The song starts in black and white but introduces more colour tones, bringing different feelings as the song progresses.
Sandro’s team behind “Running”
The song brings a lot of potential for memorable staging. As well as the dramatic mood of the music lyrics and lyrics, the song also includes a number of mostly instrumental breaks which could be used as a dance break.
We’re not expecting full-on “Fuego”-style staging, but with experienced artistic director Marvin Dietmann (“Rise Like a Phoenix”, “Nobody But You”) behind the staging, Cyprus is sure to deliver something that will stand out.
The song was co-written with the Australian singer-songwriter Alfie Arcuri. He won the 2016 series of The Voice of Australia and may be familiar as one of the competing acts in Eurovision: Australia Decides 2019.
Sandro will also deliver the first live performance of “Running” later tonight. He’s one of the artists in the line-up of Melfest WKND 20 — the Swedish Eurovision and Melodifestivalen pre-party taking place the night before the Swedish national final.
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