Since Eurovision 2020 was cancelled, some broadcasters have invited back their acts to have another shot at Eurovision. But one artist who won’t be on that list is Sandro. The American-Greek German singer had been due to represent Cyprus in Rotterdam, but local media reports that broadcaster RIK will not ask him back for 2021.
As reported by the Greek-language Eurovision news blog Eurovision Fun, local magazine TV Mania claims that RIK’s board of directors has decided to not invite back Sandro for 2021.
The broadcaster will instead internally select another act, either a popular artist in Greece and Cyprus or an artist with Cypriot heritage.
While this has been reported in local media, broadcaster RIK (CyBC) has not officially confirmed that Sandro is out nor have they said anything about their selection plans for Eurovision 2021.
Sandro’s Eurovision journey
Sandro Nicolas is a German singer with Greek and American heritage. He found fame on The Voice of Germany in 2018 and also competed in the New Wave competition in 2019.
He had been due to represent Cyprus at Eurovision with his song “Running”, co-written with The Voice Australia star Alfie Arcuri. While the song was a heartfelt expression of Sandro’s emotions, the song itself was not as popular among Eurovision fans as recent Cypriot hits “Fuego” and “Replay”.
In a recent wiwibloggs poll asking readers their favourite act from Eurovision 2020, “Running” placed 30th. However, this was based on the studio version of the song.
Eurovision 2021: Confirmed artists
Sandro not being invited back for 2021 makes him the first internally selected act from 2020 to not receive a return ticket for 2021. However, there are likely to be other 2020 internally selected acts who also won’t be returning to Rotterdam next year.
There are now 18 confirmed returning acts for Eurovision 2021: nine who had previously won a national final in 2020 and nine who were originally internally selected.
Cyprus joins Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden as selecting a new act for 2021. However unlike these Nordic and Baltic countries that will be hosting their regular national finals, Cyprus will reportedly internally select their act.
- Australia – Montaigne (confirmed 2 April)
- Austria – Vincent Bueno (confirmed 26 March)
- Azerbaijan – Efendi (confirmed 20 March)
- Belgium – Hooverphonic (confirmed 20 March)
- Bulgaria – Victoria (confirmed 21 March)
- Czech Republic – Benny Cristo (confirmed 13 May)
- Georgia – Tornike Kipiani (confirmed 21 March)
- Greece – Stefania (confirmed 18 March)
- Israel – Eden Alene (confirmed 22 March)
- Latvia – Samanta Tīna (confirmed 16 May)
- Malta – Destiny (confirmed 16 May)
- Netherlands – Jeangu Macrooy (confirmed 18 March)
- Romania – Roxen (confirmed 31 March)
- San Marino – Senhit (confirmed 16 May)
- Slovenia – Ana Soklič (confirmed 16 May)
- Spain – Blas Cantó (confirmed 18 March)
- Switzerland – Gjon’s Tears (confirmed 20 March)
- Ukraine – Go_A (confirmed 18 March)
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