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🇸🇲 EBU sets maximum number of Eurovision participants at 43; exposure invaluable explains San Marino HoD

In December, repubblica.sm published an interview with the Sammarinese Eurovision Head of Delegation, Alessandro Capicchioni. Amongst the key topics were San Marino’s “invaluable” global exposure and why the EBU doesn’t tend to assist other microstates in returning to the competition.

43 countries the maximum?

Firstly, Cappicchioni reflects on the statistic that 41 countries have registered to take part in the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest.

It’s a downward trend that we are told is for purely economic reasons.

The report continues to explain that the EBU has “set” a maximum number of participants at 43 and that the EBU does not offer discounts to entice countries who struggle to afford participation fees back to the contest. This would explain the lack of returns for other microstates as well as the EBU’s lack of interest to allow, for example, Kazakhstan the same opportunity offered to them in the Junior contest.

Furthermore, Cappicchioni explains that a necessary condition for a broadcaster to register for the Eurovision Song Contest today is having a suitable venue to host. The Sammarinese Head of Delegation admits that was this condition in place for their debut in 2008, San Marino would not have been admitted into the contest.

San Marino: From “invisible” to globally known

Cappicchioni also explains that participation in the Eurovision Song Contest is “invaluable” to San Marino. By stepping onto such a global stage and participating in the “phenomenon” that is the Eurovision Song Contest, it has allowed “large numbers” to discover a “tiny entity” that was “invisible” to the wider continent and world.

He is also proud that San Marino has achieved “victory” twice by reaching the final in 2014 and 2019:

“We have won twice in our own way in 2014 and 2019 with Valentina Monetta and Serhat. You need shrewdness but also luck.

It seems that San Marino will be staying in the Eurovision family for many years to come, who would you like to represent the micronation in Rotterdam this May?

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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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