Back in January, San Marino announced that Turkish singer Serhat would be their representative for Stockholm. We’ve heard little from the microstate since then (apart from their complaints about the voting changes) but now we have a date. Serhat will reveal his song in just over one week, on March 9.
Serhat will announce his song on Wednesday of next week at a special press conference in Paris, at 15:00 CET.
San Marino is emphasising the international team behind the entry. The song was composed by Turkish musician Olcayto Ahmet Tugsuz (he wrote Turkey’s Eurovision entries in 1982 and 1987), with the lyrics by Greek songwriter Nektarios Tyrakis (the man behind Greece’s third-placed “Shake It” in 2004 and Belarus’ 2004 entry).
As well as an English version for Eurovision, the song will also have an Italian version written by Mariella Nava and French lyrics by Stéphane Laporte, with other languages planned.
But most unexpectedly, French fashion designer Thierry Mugler is serving as the creative director of Serhat’s entry. He is overseeing the concept of the entry. In the past, we’ve seen Eurovision stars wearing creations from top fashion designers, but this is the first time one has become actively involved with the staging.
This makes a change from San Marino’s previous Eurovision entries. From 2012 to 2015, the microstates entries were overseen — and sometimes written — by the German Eurovision veteran Ralph Siegel. The best result San Marino earned in this period was in 2014, where Valentina Monetta became the first San Marino artist to qualify for the final, where she placed 24th.