Rumours first emerged on Saturday that he wouldn’t be back. And on Monday it became official. Broadcaster CyBC has confirmed that Sandro will not represent Cyprus at Eurovision 2021.
CyBC statement on Sandro and Cyprus at Eurovision 2021
The broadcaster broke the news on its social media channels on Monday afternoon. The brief statement reads:
Following a mutual agreement with Sandro and his management and taking into consideration his schedule of commitments, the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation wishes to inform that the said artist will not be representing Cyprus at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021.
The Cyprus delegation would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank Sandro for representing Cyprus at ‘Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light’ and to wholeheartedly wish him all the best in the future.
At the time of writing, neither Sandro or his team have issued a statement of their own.
This news makes Cyprus the first country not to reselect an internally selected act from 2020.
In fact, thus far, no other country has ruled out any artist for 2021.
Those which are returning to their annual national finals — including Sweden, Estonia, Norway, Finland, Lithuania and Denmark — have made it clear that 2020 artists are welcome to participate again. However, several acts including Norway’s Ulrikke and Denmark’s Ben & Tan have opted not to pursue this route for next year.
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.
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