CyBC has revealed the Cypriot entry for Eurovision 2020 this afternoon, “Running” by Sandro.
Cyprus has revealed its song for the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest “Running”. The song was written by a team lead by Alfie Arcuri, who participated in Eurovision – Australia Decides 2019. The song was selected at the end of January, with six other songs known to have been shortlisted for the competition.
Who is Sandro?
Sandro Nicolas (Alessandro Rütten) was born in Germany to an American father and Greek mother. He first came to public attention when he auditioned for Das Supertalent in (Germany’s Got Talent) 2015. In 2018, he took part in The Voice of Germany and reached the sing-off stage before being eliminated.
In 2019 he represented his father’s home country, the United States, in New Wave 2019, where he used his stage name Sandro Nicolas for the first time. He finished sixth overall.
Cyprus debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1981. Their best result in the contest comes from their 2018 entrant Eleni Foureira, who placed 2nd with her song “Fuego”. Cyprus withdrew from the Eurovision Song Contest in 2014 due to financial difficulties, but returned again in 2015 where they were represented by John Karagiannis.