San Marino is no stranger to surprising the Eurovision community. Just this year, the micro state dropped the surprise of the season so far by revealing that Flo Rida may well be making his way to the Eurovision stage next month. And now, it appears that SMRTV may well be hosting the first national final of the season this November.
According to the Sammarinese Secretariat of State for Tourism, ‘Una voce per San Marino’ will select the San Marinese representative for the Eurovision Song Contest 2022. The announcement comes as part of the calendar of events for the nation for the rest of 2021.
Although there are no further details on the format for the selection, this will be the method of selecting the next Sammarinese Eurovision representative. The show is due to take place in November 2021, making it likely to be the first selection of the 2022 season.
To date, San Marino has only held a national selection once before. Back in 2018, 1in360 was used to select both the nation’s representative and entry. It was open to singers from across the globe and culminated in a live final from Bratislava, Slovakia, eventually won by Jessika and Jenifer Brening with “Who We Are”.
San Marino at the Eurovision Song Contest
San Marino made its debut in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2008. Since first participation in the Eurovision the country has made it to the Grand Final twice: in 2014, when Valentina Monetta took to the stage for third time in a row with the song Maybe (Forse), and in 2019, when Serhat performed Say Na Na Na in Tel Aviv.
In 2020 it was announced that Senhit was going to represent San Marino with her song “Freaky”. The entry was selected by the online voting. She is no stranger to the contest since she had already performed “Stand By” for her country in 2011. As the Eurovision 2020 didn’t take place due to the pandemic, the San Marino RTV confirmed Senhit as their 2021 representative, later releasing their entry “Adrenalina” in March.
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