On the 18 March 2020, it was officially announced that the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 had been cancelled, which means all these amazing songs won’t get their chance to shine on the Eurovision stage and some acts may not even get the chance to represent their country. Cyprus had chosen Sandro as their act on 29 November 2019 and revealed his song “Running” on the 6 March 2020. He hasn’t been confirmed as their act for 2021, it’s down to the Cypriot broadcaster, we like to believe they will internally select him again, but it’s possible that they may not, we’ll just have to wait and see. As we await the 2021 contest, we will make sure that every song in the cancelled contest gets it’s time to shine, here on CelebMix.
The song was written by Sandro Nicholas, Alfie Arcuri, Octavian Rasinariu, Sebastian Metzner Rickards, and Teo DK. A music video for the track was also released to accompany the song, which was directed by Alexandros Kostelidis.
Watch Sandro’s Music Video To What Would Have Been His Eurovision 2020 Song “Running” Here:
The music video plays to his stage presence as it’s simple but effective, with some projection special effects that really bring the fire to the track – literally. The song itself also plays to his strengths, starting off slow and building into a pop number that would be perfect for radio play. It can be considered a generic pop song but compared to the rest of the Eurovision 2020 entries, that’s exactly what makes it stand out. He brings the magic to the song with his ability to input emotion to every word, giving it that relatable feeling to every listener.
Cyprus is currently the country who has entered Eurovision the most times and never won, the closest they ever came was in 2018 when Eleni Foureira with “Fuego” came second. Last year’s follow-up, Tamta with “Replay” did pretty well coming in 13th place, and we would bet that Sandro would’ve done just as well with this song. We hope they do invite him for Eurovision 2021. Cyprus deserves a win soon, for sure.
Eurovision 2020 may be cancelled but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate it this year, it doesn’t mean we can’t listen to the songs, and it doesn’t mean we forget about the artists either. Join us here on CelebMix this year as we continue the Eurovision party in the coming months whilst we’re all staying at home, looking after ourselves, and doing our best to stop the coronavirus. So why not check out the other acts from this year who would’ve been on the Eurovision 2020 stage, such as Blas Cantó for Spain, Hooverphonic for Belgium, VICTORIA for Bulgaria, Sandro for Cyprus, Vincent Bueno for Austria, Arilena Ara for Albania, Tornike Kipiani for Georgia, Jeangu Macrooy for the Netherlands, Vasil for North Macedonia, Tom Leeb for France, Benny Cristo for the Czech Republic, Eden Alene for Israel, Stefania for Greece, Montaigne for Australia, Samanta Tina for Latvia, Diodato for Italy, Destiny Chukunyere for Malta, Roxen for Romania, THE ROOP for Lithuania, Ulrikke Brandstorp for Norway, Athena Manoukian for Armenia, Alicja Szemplinska for Poland, James Newman for the UK, Samira Efendi for Azerbaijan, Ana Soklic for Slovenia, Ben Dolic for Germany, Uku Suviste for Estonia, Daði og Gagnamagnið for Iceland, Natalie Gordienko for Moldova, Ben & Tan for Denmark, Roxen for Romania, Gjon’s Tears for Switzerland, Go_A for Ukraine, The Mamas for Sweden, VAL for Belarus, Senhit for San Marino, Damir Kedzo for Croatia, and Lesley Roy for Ireland.
The 65th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest would have been hosted at the Rotterdam Ahoy, Rotterdam, The Netherlands after Duncan Laurence won the 2019 contest with the song “Arcade”. The two Semi-Finals would have taken place on 12 May 2020 and 14 May 2020, with the Grand Final on 16 May 2020. A total of 41 countries would’ve competed in the contest.