And then there were 16! Junior Eurovision executive superviser Vladislav Yakolev has today confirmed that San Marino — the launch pad for teen dreams Michele Perniola and Anita Simoncini — will sing at JESC 2015!

Vladislav made the confirmation via Twitter:

San Marino at Junior Eurovision

The beautiful Republic made its debut in the contest in 2013, when Michele Perniola went all Michael Jackson on us with his song “O-o-O Sole intorno a me”, ultimately finishing tenth.

The following year SMRTV cobbled together The Peppermints, a five-piece girl group. They continued Michele’s 80s fab with their song “Breaking My Heart”, eventually placing 15th.

Anita — the only San Marinese member of the Peppermints — later teamed up with Michele for Eurovision 2015.

Thrilled by the news? Who do you think San Marino will field this year?

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YoungsterJoey
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YoungsterJoey

As someone below mentioned, imagine if they picked the runner-up of the Italian selection process! Hahahaha!!! Hilarious yet awkward.

Hopefully they pick someone WITHIN San Marino. Just not someone from The Peppermints — nothing against them, but it’s a bit tiring to see San Marino use the same singers over & over again.

Mario lunatic eurofan :)
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Mario lunatic eurofan :)

I was expecting 4 San Marino to confirm the participation 4 the Junior Vision of Bulgaria…Even too late on the last days of Septemer that the deadline finishes..

Now we have 16 participant countries in Bulgaria’s Minion Vision 🙂
We will see in the next 3 days if countries like Sweden,Croatia will confirm participation as well 🙂
Maybe we can still equal the record of the most participant countries in JESC that is 18.. We need just 2 more countries to join us 🙂

Brent
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Brent

What about Germany?

beccaboo1212
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Here’s my list of options.

* Rebecca Toschi
* Clara Palmeri
* Beatrice Coltella
* Sophia de Rosa
* Claudia Ciccateri
* Antonio Licari

Tony
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Tony

I hope that if they don’t find another kid like Anita that it is native from San Marino, that at least they send someone that was in TI lascio una canzone, I don’t know maybe runner-up Giovanni for example 😛 just a thinking!

Ariana
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Ariana

I really want Sweden to take part…

JESCGermany15
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JESCGermany15

I think that’s it! Tomorrow the full participants of JESC 2015 will be released and I think that there will be no surprises.
Debut: Ireland
Comeback: Albania, FYR Macedonia
Withdraw: Croatia, Cyprus, Sweden
Countries: 16
-Albania
-Armenia
-Belarus
-Bulgaria
-Georgia
-Ireland
-Italy
-FYR Macedonia
-Malta
-Montenegro
-Russia
-San Marino
-Serbia
-Slovenia
-The Netherlands
-Ukraine

My country will never debut here…Australia won’t debut also I think and Spain (TVE) said today that they won’t be back at JESC this year 🙁 But 16 countries are still good 🙂

Eugene ESC UK
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Sven :- My point was considering there are around 40 countries interested in the Adult ESC, I’m sure if more were interested they would change the rules, I’m sure that would not be a problem and it is of course open to ALL EBU members.

PP
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PP

If Australia don t respond from invite from EBU to join in Junior Eurovison 2015 and dont send singer at JESC , I don t want to see Australia next year at Eurovision 2016, maybe as guest in 65 th, 70 th … Eurovision song contest.

Sven
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Sven

@ Eugene:

Only 16 interested? Did you know the limit of participating countries in the Junior is just 18?

And yay for San Marino! Again 16 countries in :).

Eugene ESC UK
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I wonder if the writing is on the wall for the JESC, only 16 countries interested last year 2014? (Only 12 in 2013!!) Only one of the Big 5 taking part, Sweden only coming 13th out of 16 last year!! As we know singing in English is almost a prerequisite in the Adult ESC, but did you know only ONE of the 16 entries last year in JESC was in 100% English, (Malta,) (but several were part English of course)?? Weird that?? Does anyone care if Australia takes part in JESC? The EBU could be in serious trouble if they… Read more »

Robyn Gallagher
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I’m eagerly waiting to hear if Australia will make its debut. C’mon Aussie!

Deniz
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Deniz

Cool! Another western country in.

Patrick S
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Roelof Meesters
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Roelof Meesters

FINALLY, butt i knowed that San Marino would’not stop. I AM JUST WAITING FOR SWEDEN!

Hannes
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Hannes

YES

Baku Cash
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Is Israel coming back?

Callum Nowacki
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Callum Nowacki

I think it’s great that we’re at Super Sixteen! But San Marino need to step away from this 70s pop and kinda move towards more modern songs. They have some great kids singing for them, but the songs…

I mean, I ADORED their 2013 entry a lot, but then 2014 just seemed a bit been there, done that..

Daniel
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Daniel

Hurray!