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๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡พ Sandro: Everybody should open up about their fears and their problems

Dominik speaks to Cyprus' Sandro following the release of his entry "Running"

While our very own Dominik is on location for the final of Melodifestivalen 2020, he spoke to Cyprus’ Sandro! Performed his entry “Running” the Melfest WKND event last night, having released it earlier in the day.

In the interview, he expresses his anxieties about the reception to the song prior to the release. He informs us that the song is about his struggles with anxiety and depression, holding a very personal message to him. He also stresses the importance of being open about your fears and your problems in order to heal.

You can watch our interview with Sandro below!

INTERVIEW: Sandro (Cyprus 2020) // ESCXTRA.comINTERVIEW: Sandro (Cyprus 2020) // ESCXTRA.com

About Sandro

Alessandro H. Rรผtten, who performs as Sandro [Nicholas], was born in Heinsberg, Germany. He is of Greek-American decent, but grew up in Germany, where his career began.

In 2018, Sandro auditioned for the eighth season of The Voice of Germany with Shawn Mendes’ “In My Blood”. We wow’d all four judges, but decided to be mentored by Mark Forster. He was then eliminated in the sing-off round.

The following year, Sandro got his first taste of international competition when he represented the United States in New Wave in Sochi, Russia. He ended up finishing in 5th place, with Albania’s Inis Neziri (Festivali i Kรซngรซs 56) winning the contest.

Later last year, it was announced that Sandro would be representing Cyprus at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020. He will be competing in the first half of the first semi-final in Rotterdam with the song “Running”. The song was written and composed byย Alfie Arcuri, Sebastian Rickards, Octavian Rasinariu, Sandro, Teo DK. As previously reported his performance will beย staged by Marvin Dietmann.

Sandro - Running (Eurovision 2020 Cyprus) - Official Music VideoSandro – Running (Eurovision 2020 Cyprus) – Official Music Video

What do you think of “Running”? Are you rooting for Sandro? Let us know!ย Be sure to stay updated by followingย @ESCXTRA on Twitter,ย @escxtra on Instagramย and liking ourย Facebook pageย for the latest updates!ย Also, be sure to subscribe toย our YouTube channelย to see our reactions to the news in the run up to Rotterdam!

Costa Christou

Ever since I saw Helena Paparizou's triumph at Eurovision in 2005 (at the tender age of 6), I have been crazy about Eurovision. From the regional native language bops and shrieky female-led balladry to the sophisticated avant garde pop songs and chart-friendly EDM, I love everything about this cultural phenomenon. I'm currently working as a Delivery Manager in a software development team.

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