#16 – Cypress
Songwriters: Sandro Nicolas, Alfie Arcuri, Octavian Rasinariu, Sebastian Metzner Rickards, Teo DK

eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica has begun its Countdown To the now-cancelled Eurovision Song Contest 2020! Over 41 days I’m bringing you all the info on each song this year ranked in order of my personal preference from bottom to top. I’ll give the reasons for my personal rankings, and some background info on the song, artist, songwriters, and such.  Again, these are MY opinions, and I realize that the ESC fan community is a rabid one, and rarely everyone agrees with everyone else, so as they say, your mileage may vary. As of the official announcement on March 20 2020, ALL of this year’s songs are now officially “lost”; Eurovision’s executive committee has stated that all songs in the ESC 2021 contest MUST be new, so there will never be an “Official” winner of ESC 2020 thanks to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak causing the contest’s first-ever cancellation. So this is my only chance to rank them. The songs will all be spotlighted on a special called Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light, which will air LIVE on May 16, when the Grand Final should have been held, so that’s at least SOMETHING…

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In at #16 this year is the official entry from Cypress, “Running” by Sandro. It is performed in English, and would have been performed 12th at the first semifinal on May 12. Cypress uses an internal selection process to determine their entrant each year, with the final determination and announcement made on February 10th. The country has not announced their intentions for ESC 2021.

Born Alessandro Rutter, Sandro grew up in Germany, with a Greek mother and an American father, and has traveled all over the world. He participated in season 8 of Germany’s “Voice” franchise but got eliminated in the battle rounds. He then represented the U.S. in the 2019 “New Wave” competition in Sochi, Russia, where he finished in fifth place.

What I’m thinking about this song…I love this deeply personal song about overcoming adversity and depression; Sandro has stated in interviews that he writes from his own life’s experiences, and this is no different, and the song rips at your soul and becomes an anthem for anyone trying to pick their lives up after a personal challenge. The music video is stylish and funky as well, and the dance beat puts the cap on the whole thing. The song was a contender for a top ten finish, as it has a modest to large fan following and would have likely done very well in the contest this year, and deservedly so.

Cypress made its EuroVision debut in 1981, and has appeared 37 times in the contest including 2020, with occasional years off. For many years, their best finish had been fifth place, which they’ve done THREE times, in 1982, 1997, and 2004, then finally in 2018, Cypress produced a song that would become a monster, “Fuego” by Eleni Foureira, which was a HUUUUUGE fan favorite, has become a Eurovision classic, and finished as the runner up to Israel’s Netta and her powerhouse smash “Toy” that year. They have also finished dead last once, and in the bottom three on another occasion, but they have NEVER missed a Grand Final in the years they have participated since the semi-final rounds began.

Here’s the official music video  – check it out…

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