Just one week after the Grand Final of Eurovision 2019, a number of countries have already confirmed their participation for the 2020 contest. One of these is everyone’s favourite microstate – San Marino! This comes after Serhat’s triumphant return to the contest brought them their best result at the contest to date! They join the likes of Austria, Belgium, Denmark and Norway in confirming their participation.
For years, following a string of poor results and non-qualifications, San Marino’s future at the contest has been precarious to say the least. Following the failure of their experimental national final, 1 in 360, back in 2018, it was uncertain whether they would return for the 2019 contest. Thankfully, they did return, along with 2016 representative Serhat, who brought San Marino to the Grand Final for only the second time in its participation history!
After being unsure of their participation this time next year, their recent success appears to have encouraged the broadcaster. Carlo Romeo, Director General of San Marino RTV, has confirmed that they will be competing in next year’s contest! This is great news for those who are supportive of microstates participating in the contest, considering the historical withdrawals from the likes of Andorra and Monaco. Work has reportedly already begun for the selection of their 2020 act. They will need to look a bit further this time, since Serhat has ruled out a third Eurovision appearance in an interview with ESCXTRA. You can watch this interview below:
San Marino at the Eurovision Song Contest
To date, San Marino has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 10 times. They debuted at the 2008 song contest, withdrew from the 2009 and 2010 contests, and resumed participation from 2011 onward.
Having failed to qualify in their first four attempts, San Marino qualified for the Eurovision final for the first time in 2014 with icon and legend Valentina Monetta. She represented San Marino in 2012, 2013 and 2014, making her the first singer to participate in three consecutive contests since Austria’s Udo Jürgens back in the 60s. She remains part of an exclusive club which features Lys Assia.
This year saw San Marino send another returning artist. Serhat, who represented them in 2016, brought “Say Na Na Na” to Tel Aviv. Qualifying from his semi final, he ended up finishing 19th at the Grand Final. Notably, he finished 10th with the public televote out of 26 acts. RTV will be hoping to build on this momentum next year. Is it too early to get the #Valentina4ESC2020 hype train going?
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