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🇨🇾 Local media reports suggest Sandro will not represent Cyprus at Eurovision 2021

Since the cancellation of the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest in March, eighteen broadcasters have already confirmed that their 2020 representative will go on to represent their country again in 2021. However, in a report from TV Mania magazine in Cyprus, it seems that Sandro won’t be granted the same opportunity.

A local artist for 2021?

As explained by EurovisionFun, a Greek-language Eurovision website, an article in a recent edition of TV Mania (a local weekly TV guide magazine) states that Sandro will not represent Cyprus in Eurovision 2021. In a recent meeting between the board of directors at RIK, the Cypriot broadcaster, they will choose an artist for Eurovision 2021 that either has Cypriot origin or an artist that is already popular across Greece and Cyprus.

No official announcement yet

While we await an official announcement from CyBC, this would make Cyprus only the seventh nation to confirm that they will not be taking forward their 2020 artist to 2021. The six other nations – Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden – will all be bringing back their annual national selections. According to EurovisionFun, it is planned that Cyprus will once again internally select their entry in collaboration with a record company.

Five qualifications in-a-row

Sandro was due to sing “Running” at the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest, a deep-house track tackling the subjects of anxiety and depression. Cyprus had been drawn to perform 13th in the first semi-final and Sandro would have been hoping to secure a sixth-consecutive qualification for the country.

Further reading: From also-rans to Eurovision superpowers: How Bulgaria, Cyprus and Israel transformed their fortunes

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Ryan Cobb

My first memory of watching the Eurovision Song Contest was back in 2001 and, over the years, my passion and enthusiasm for the contest has very much turned into an obsession. I adore music and I love geography, so this contest is a natural fit for me. If la la loving Eurovision was a crime, I'd certainly be a criminal!
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