He’s the American-Greek German singer who was due to represent Cyprus at Eurovision 2020. However in early June, Cyprus broadcaster CyBC confirmed that Sandro would not be getting a return ticket to Rotterdam for 2021. Now the “Running” singer has spoken out for the first time since the announcement.

Since CyBC confirmed that they would be selecting a different act for Eurovision 2021, Sandro has kept a low profile on Instagram, uploading only a few photos with no substantial text captions.

But earlier this week, The Voice of Germany star broke the silence and gave fans an update.

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Hey peeps, I hope you’re doing well! As you might of noticed I’ve taken some time off to recover from all that stress & negativity I was exposed to! I’ve been feeling low and crushed day in and day out! Life is a rollercoaster ride sometimes but yo I can proudly say that I picked right back up. I’m feeling stronger than ever before now and I can’t wait to share all my original music with y’all soon cuz that’s all I ever wanted! I am incredibly pumped and excited to show you guys what I’ve been cooking and working on for almost a year now! There’s great times ahead! ?? I’d also like to thank you guys from the bottom of my heart for having supported me along the way! I don’t take any of you for granted! I love you lots! Shout out & thanks to the @cybc_eurovision and to the whole #Eurovision team. Thanks for everything! I am wishing you all the best and a lot of success! Bless up! Much love to all of ya! STAY TUNED! ? SAN ??

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The singer — who previously opened up about stress and anxiety issues in his Eurovision 2020 song — talked about how he had “taken some time off to recover from all that stress and negativity I was exposed to!”. He was frank about how things were, saying he had “been feeling low and crushed day in and day out!”

But thankfully, Sandro seems to have gotten over the worst of it. He noted that “Life is a rollercoaster ride sometimes but yo I can proudly say that I picked right back up. I’m feeling stronger than ever before.”

And Sandro is looking to the future, eager for fans to hear his new music. He wrote, “I am incredibly pumped and excited to show you guys what I’ve been cooking and working on for almost a year now!”

Sandro also thanked his fans for their support, and also gave a shoutout to broadcaster CyBC and the Eurovision team.

We wish Sandro the best of luck for his new music projects!

Cyprus’ plans for Eurovision 2021

In June, following rumours in local media, broadcaster CyBC confirmed that Sandro would not represent Cyprus again at Eurovision 2021.

In a statement, the broadcaster said:

“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 broadcaster has not given any details about its selection plans for Eurovision 2021, however it is understood that they will again internally select their act.

Earlier this week, Greek pop icon Vangelis Kakouriotis shared his dream of representing Cyprus at Eurovision.

Also throwing his hat in the ring is fellow Greek singer Ian Stratis. He was one of the three acts rumoured to be representing Cyprus in 2020. But it seems that the Greek X Factor runner-up is still interested.

When asked on a Greek chat show about doing Eurovision, Ian said, “Eurovision is a very good opportunity and I would like to represent Greece or Cyprus.”

Greek broadcaster ERT has already confirmed that it has invited back 2020 singer Stefania to be its supergirl in Rotterdam. This rules out Ian or Vangelis representing their home country at Eurovision 2021, but Cyprus still remains a possibility.

What do you think? Are you excited to hear Sandro’s new music? Who should represent Cyprus at Eurovision 2021? Tell us your thoughts below!

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paul
paul
4 months ago

sandro suffers from anxiety and depression,The very first interview he gave I could tell by his body language and speech something wasnt right. I have seen that look before……

Una
Una
4 months ago

I think that CyBC had a major P-R probl on their hands because of the interview with Nikkie. No matter how good or bad the song was I will always be critical of this broadcaster for how they’ve handled the 2020 entry. All the best to Sandro. He has no fault in this.

paul
paul
4 months ago
Reply to  Una

he may have no fault,I also see no musical talent. eurovision participation is expensive for cyprus even now more so with the economy and coronavirus. Cybc (rik) is funded by the goverment,to flog a dead horse next year. I dont think so

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
4 months ago

Definitely think the broadcaster could’ve gone about this without hanging Sandro out to dry so much. Something similar to what Germany put out (X is completely welcome to submit again next year etc.) would’ve been a much classier public statement.
Good luck, Sandro!

Una
Una
4 months ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

I agree with this wholeheartedly. There must have been better ways to handle this. I can see the other side too as in having the intention to deal with it fast and avoid building up certain expectations. But too soon is too soon. And too cold is too cold.

Hyunwoo
Hyunwoo
4 months ago

Do you want Ivi Adamou in the Eurovision 2021, guys?

Pineaple
Pineaple
4 months ago
Reply to  Hyunwoo

I wouldn’t be against her coming back but I would prefer to see some new talent. Also, I think after Fuego and Replay. It would be nice to see a different style from Cyprus on the Eurovision stage.

Hyunwoo
Hyunwoo
4 months ago
Reply to  Pineaple

I’m read that Ian Stratis will represent Cyprus in the Eurovision 2021!

paul
paul
4 months ago
Reply to  Hyunwoo

ivi adamou is not a great performer to be honest. la la love could have gotten much higher with a better female performer.It could be argued fuego is not as good as la la love,but of course it was the performance that counted on the night

Fatima
Fatima
4 months ago

I still feel really sorry for Sandro. There was no need for CyBC to issue a statement like that so far in advance of 2021. What should have been a summer of consolation for all the 2020 entrants turned into stigma and negativity for him. There should have been a bit more loyalty and care for an artist they chose to fly their flag.

Luxe
Luxe
4 months ago

This is so disrespectful towards him!

Heyey
Heyey
4 months ago

He seems like a lovely and nice guy. It’s sad that we won’t see him next year, but maybe he could try for Germany in the next years? Anyways, I wish him a very bright future and hope to hear from him 🙂

Raul Valero
Raul Valero
4 months ago

I think that all the negativity he is speaking about might be stemming from us Eurovision fans. I mean, some are really rude towards songs they don’t like, so I think we should give it a thought before talking trash about someone who’s worked much harder on their songs that we did on typing our comments, regardless of whether we like them or not. All my love and positivity to Sandro! Take care of yourself!

Nicola
Nicola
4 months ago
Reply to  Raul Valero

Totally agree! I read an article months ago about how us Eurovision fans have become too competitive as a fandom, which is very true. (Even when watching some ranking songs videos on YouTube, there are some real harsh comments for the lower ranked songs. I do think we spread lots of negativity for some artists and their songs every year. It takes a lot of skill to write a song. As an artist, you really need to just tune out sometimes and just focus on the people who love you, not hate you. Hope very much to see Sandro at… Read more »

A friend
A friend
4 months ago
Reply to  Nicola

I agree. I do rankings of the songs on YouTube and although I always express my point of view for each song(even if it’s negative), I try to leave also a good comment to each entry because the artists are more than a song. They should get constructive feedback and not be bullied merely because we are “disappointed” of their work.

ESC SSS
ESC SSS
4 months ago
Reply to  Nicola

Some fans just don’t know how great the song is.

Pineaple
Pineaple
4 months ago
Reply to  Raul Valero

THIS! Seriously this is a huge problem in the Eurovision sphere. Some fans think it’s okay to attack people when they don’t get their own way and it really needs to stop. It’s not fair on artists or other fans to be exposed to all of that negativity. People are more than within their right to not like a song or feel disappointed about the outcome of a national final but there are better ways of talking about it than attacking people and being mean to artists. The amount of artists who have clearly been effected by the amount of… Read more »

Esc addict
Esc addict
4 months ago
Reply to  Raul Valero

Talking only for 2019, Benny Cristo, Uku Suviste, Tom Leeb, can confirm it, they got the same treatment by the eurofans even by some wiwibloggs redactors and even by the founder of wiwibloggs….. and after they make articles like this one……
#EurofansAreOddsObsessed
You are not in the top 10 of the odds before the contest, then you are bad, you deserve only hatred, you even don’t exist for some people……that’s how some eurofans react and it’s pityful, Sandro and the others guys I mentionned, the eurofans don’t deserve you.

Last edited 4 months ago by Esc addict
Esc addict
Esc addict
4 months ago
Reply to  Esc addict

Talking for 2020 sorry my mistake.

Joe
Joe
4 months ago
Reply to  Raul Valero

I’ve definitely been working to be as even-handed in my critiques of Eurovision entries as I can, because it’s not fair to the artists or songwriters to be bashed as mercilessly as fans often do. Constructive criticism and benefit of the doubt are the ways to go, and the way some fans have slagged on acts here and elsewhere is really shameful. I get that there’s a certain fun in being catty and sarcastic, but you’ve gotta remember that there are actual people behind each song, and they’re not above checking the internet to see what Eurovision fans (y’know, the… Read more »

Denis
Denis
4 months ago
Reply to  Raul Valero

That is true.It’s like the whole fandom thing has turned into a contest and competition instead of just being warm and welcome. Especially Wibloggs can at times be very catty which I guess is part of the fun but is that what being a fan is about? Dowvoting or being downright mean when a country or song does well, when you think it shouldn’t. I always try to say “not my type of thing but good luck to them” or similar when it’s some song I don’t like. I might not aways have succeed in coming of like that but… Read more »

Dawid
Dawid
4 months ago
Reply to  Raul Valero

I got your point but in the end of the day it IS a contest. That’s what C in ESC stands for.

Pineaple
Pineaple
4 months ago
Reply to  Dawid

So? Just because it’s a contest doesn’t mean artists deserve to get hate if their song isn’t to the fandom’s taste or they have a bit of an off performance. These are real people at the end of the day with real feelings and they dont deserve to be treated as badly as some artists have by Eurovision fans.

Dawid
Dawid
4 months ago
Reply to  Pineaple

Did I say that?

I said that saying “stop acting as if it was a contest of some kind” is kinda dumb because it IS a contest

Last edited 4 months ago by Dawid
Denis
Denis
4 months ago
Reply to  Dawid

Yes it is a contest but that doesnt mean you have to be mean or rude because you dont like it. Saying not my favourite but good luck to them can be enough. It wont help your favourite to mock others.
ESC is about being friendly you know , that should be true for fans too