Update at 13 October 2016 at 23:00 GMT: SMRTV has sent out a tweet saying that San Marino will not reveal the artist on Saturday. Shucks. However, they still promise “surprises”. Our original article remains below. We’re still keeping our fingers — and many other parts of our body — crossed that Serhat will return!
We didn’t know that our dreams could come true — but San Marino might be about to make that possible. That’s because Serhat — the Turkish singer and game show host turned Eurovision fan favourite — may very well be returning to Eurovision for the 2017 contest.
Nothing is official, but we have put on our detective gear and things look very promising. Sammarinese broadcaster RTV will be hosting their 2016-17 programming presentation show this Saturday, at 20:00 CET. An article on RTV’s website suggests we might learn some more about their Eurovision plans during that show.
That article features Serhat (and our recent article on his theoretical return) rather heavily. The article ends by saying “director Romeo promises surprises, even in the area of Eurovision…” With all that in mind, we wonder if that might mean a certain artist reveal during the presentation…
Could Serhat return?
Obviously, we would love a Serhat return. It would be his chance to use his (now infamous) holograms in Kyiv, after all.
Not only that, but RTV clearly understand Serhat’s popularity among certain Eurovision fans.
Their article talks about the “tremendous reception” received by the disco revamp of “I Didn’t Know”. Well, certainly in comparison with the original…
Serhat’s status as an odd “fan favourite” has even seen him pick up a Vision Music Award.
When you guys were done watching him perform on German TV, you voted him the winner of the Cruise Ship award in our annual VMAs.
San Marino have form when it comes to a comeback and we wouldn’t be shocked to see another one…especially given Serhat’s unique position to fund his campaign.
Other options for San Marino
Of course, there are other acts available to San Marino. Over the past years, our Wednesday Wishlists have identified the likes of production trio Delayers as possible choices. There’s also rapper Irol MC. Or maybe they could even send back their original comeback queen — Valentina Monetta!
No matter what, we’ll be keeping a close eye on the RTV presentation. As noted, the show airs at 20:00 CET this Saturday, October 15th. What do you want to see out of San Marino this year? Let us know in the comments section below!