Sandro selected to represent Cyprus at Eurovision 2020
Its official! Today CyBC, the Cypriot broadcaster, has announced that Sandro Nicolas will represent Cyprus at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020.
His name had been circulating for a few weeks now, so his selection did not come as a surprise.
Sandro was born in Germany where he also grew up. The singer has an American father and a Greek mother, and he speaks fluent German, Greek and English.
In 2018, when Sandro was known as Alessandro Rütten, he competed in the The Voice of Germany. He was eliminated in the Sing Off stage, where he sung Dua Lipa’s “Hotter Than Hell”.
He then competed in New Wave 2019, an international contest for young pop singers, in Sochi, Russia this August. He represented the USA as Sandro Nicolas. He finished 6th in the competition. It's worth noting that previous contestants in the New Wave competition have gone on to perform at Eurovision, they include Jamala, DoReDos and Demy.
Earlier this year Sandro released a cover version of Shawn Mendes song called “In My Blood” after having performed it as his Blind Audition song for The Voice of Germany.
Cyprus debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1981. Over the years they reached 5th place on three occasions. Their first 5th place was only in their second year in the Contest, when Anna Vissi represented Cyprus with her self penned ballad “Mono i agapi” at the 1982 Contest in Harrogate. In 2018 Cyprus finished at runner up place with Eleni Foureira’s epic performance of “Fuego”.