Ahead of the official press conference by the Sammarinese broadcaster SMTV, the Italian website Sorrisi has revealed that two of San Marino’s former Junior Eurovision entrants, Michele Perniola and Anita Simoncini, will represent the country at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna!
About Michele Perniola
Michele will be sixteen years old when the contest takes place in May, and was San Marino’s first ever Junior Eurovision entrant in 2013. He took part with the song “O-o-O Sole Interno a Me”, finishing in tenth place. Not only that, but he rocked that gold jacket for all its worth!
About Anita Simoncini
He will be sharing the stage with Anita, who performed alongside Michele’s younger sister Rafaella at Junior Eurovision 2014 as part of The Peppermints. Simoncini, who is only fifteen at the moment, will turn sixteen in April, making her one of the youngest participants ever since the sixteen years old age limit has become a rule. Y’all are also going to see history being made – Anita will be the first act to ever take part in Junior Eurovision and the adult Eurovision within the same year!
Anita’s inclusion means that San Marino will have a Sammarinese representative for the fourth year in a row; Anita was also the only native member of the Peppermints. Michele himself was born in the small town of Palagiano in Italy, some 600 kilometres away from San Marino.
We don’t know about y’all, but we are excited by this! It’s great to see San Marino sticking with local talent and the country has clearly got themselves some Perniola fever going on too, taking the whole family to heart. There were lots of rumours flying around that Michele would be representing the country, which our interview with him in Malta helped to spark!
Anita’s inclusion is a very interesting twist though. Sending such a young duo shows that San Marino has a lot of faith in both acts and some would say it’s the perfect change of pace from three years of Valentina!
So, what do you think about SMTV’s decision to send Michele and Anita? Let us know in the comments below!