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San Marino: SMRTV to hold Eurovision press conference on Tuesday

Today, Sammarinese broadcaster SMRTV revealed that they would be holding a press conference on Tuesday 17th October to announce their plans for Eurovision 2018. The wait to discover whether San Marino will remain in the Eurovision Song Contest will soon be over. Let’s hope for good news!

Just two days away

The news of the press conference was announced today, as you can see below via the official Sammarinese Eurovision Twitter account.

The press conference will take place in the Italian capital city of Rome on Tuesday and will be attended by San Marino’s Eurovision head of delegation Alessandro Capicchioni, the Director General at SMRTV, Carlo Romeo, and the broadcaster’s president, Davide Gasperoni. Furthermore, the press conference is scheduled to begin at 4pm local time.

No place for microstates in Eurovision?

Indeed, the microstate’s continued participation at Eurovision is considered to be under severe threat. Following the non-qualification of Valentina Monetta and Jimmie Wilson in the second semi-final in Kyiv, Carlo Romeo released a statement claiming San Marino are just “too small” for the contest. He continued to state that he believed there is “no place” for microstates in Eurovision.

Maybe San Marino can make it two final appearances?

San Marino has managed to qualify for the Eurovision final on one occasion thus far. This was achieved in 2014 when Valentina Monetta represented her nation for the third time with Maybe (Forse). She went on to finish in 25th place in Copenhagen. We hope that SMRTV choose to take part in Lisbon so they can make it two!

Do you think San Marino will participate in next year’s contest? Furthermore, who would you like to see represent the small nation? Let us know in the comments below!

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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