San Marino have chosen! The smallest country currently taking part at the Eurovision Song Contest this year in Tel Aviv will send Serhat into the ring. The song will be released in the end of February.
San Marino is taking part in the contest for the tenth time and are celebrating it in Tel Aviv. Serhat was working on his new album when he got the call from San Marino RTV.
San Marino is always in my heart, our friendship lasts forever and ESC 2016 was probably one of the best memories of my career. Despite my tight schedule, it didn’t take me long to decide. I am very proud to represent San Marino for the second time.Serhat
The broadcaster says, that the tenth anniversary is very important for them and that’s why they decided to invite Serhat back.
We were always in touch with Serhat during the last two years and now after 2016, we are fully empowered and believe that Serhat being full of interesting ideas, is the right choice in the right momentSan Marino RTV
Who is Serhat?
Serhat is returning to the contest after representing San Marino in 2016 with “I Didn’t Know”. 54-year-old Serhat is from Turkey and first gained popularity by hosting the quiz show “Jeopardy”.
He released his first single in 1997 and has been recording music ever since. His biggest hits include “Total Disguise” and in 2018, he released a new version of the song together with Eurovision winner Helena Paparizou.
In 2017 a new version of his Eurovision entry, featuring Martha Wash, entered the Billboard US dance club songs chart and reached to its peak position, the 25th place on its fourth week in the chart.
Living up to the promises
SMRTV announced a while ago that they would be revealing their entry today, on 21st January. They then also said an international artist would be flying their flag next year. That statement led to singers such as Russia’s Daryanna and the Human Ken Doll, Rodrigo Alves, claiming they would be the chosen ones for the microstate.
It is not the first time San Marino are opting for an international singer. Last year, both Malta and Germany delivered the Sammarinese act when Jessika and Jenifer Brening had the honour of flying their flag. Twice, they opted for an Italian singer, in 2011 and 2015, albeit together with San Marino’s own Anita Simoncini. And of course, we can’t forget American singer Jimmie Wilson, who teamed up with Valentina Monetta in 2017.
What do you think about the choice? Let us know on social media @ESCXTRA!