We didn’t know if his performance would be good or bad, but San Marino‘s Serhat showed that he can serve glamourous disco, complete with sensual backing dancers and plenty of swagger.

Serhat’s performance begins quite dark, with his five female backing dancers in shadow shaking quite seductively. Serhat emerges through the dancers and the light with his token brimmed velvet hat.

The stage is flooded with blue and red light and the back wall of LED’s are projected with images of more dancers, which helps fill the stage and give the illusion of twelve people on stage, instead of six.

The overall performance was quite surprising, and in a good way. The entire performance was expensive, shiny and quite a nice change of pace for San Marino. Keep an eye on this over the next few days. It’s kitsch and cheesy — and that’s exactly why this will work for so many.

San Marino: First rehearsal at Eurovision 2016

Serhat’s “I Didn’t Know”: Reviews and Reactions

Read all of our Eurovision rehearsal reviews

He loves the disco! San Marino’s @serhathpo is in the house! #eurovision #eurovision2016

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Stan
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Stan

@Nicky91 I don’t know if Sergey is overrated… If you just look at the song, i can agree. But it’s about the total package: vocal perfomance, staging… He’s doing well. His team doesn’t leave loose ends, except maybe that as a whole it’s too ambitious. From semi 1, I really hope The Netherlands, Armenia, Czech Republic, Estonia and Iceland make it… Russia, Greece and Azerbaijan have a flawless record in the semis. And than there’s a pack of very decent entries (that I skip on Spotify) fighting for the last 2 spots. It’ll be a tough battle i think between… Read more »

Nicky91
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@Stan

well please not instead of Malta, maybe instead of Azerbaijan, i don’t like Samra’s singing and the song is so pop boring

I really want to see Serhat qualifying instead of overrated Sergey 🙂

Ira has not a generic pop song, a bit drum and bass, combined with Gospel and dance 🙂

SauleRiet
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SauleRiet

I won’t be surprised if he qualify. At least his performance is honest, not made of gimmicks, screens and visual effects, just Serhat and his voice and nothing more. I love all the version of the song!

Amir
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Amir

@logixc: Denise & Tobias also !!!

Stan
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Stan

in semi 2, he would have a real chance, i think. In this one… Maybe in stead of some generic Eurovision song, like Azerbaijan or Malta… It would bring more variety and fun to the final?

Leaf
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Leaf

@YoungsterJoey

Valentina’s Backyard 2017 is the single funniest thing I’ve heard in a long time LOL

Ben Rafter
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Ben Rafter

Lol all of yous taking about San Marino winning and then it being hosted in Valentina’s house lol! The chances of the former occuring are so low. San Marino need to host a national final….

logixc
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logixc

Edd is most handsome member of wiwi team ????

Mistress
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Mistress

Serhat to the final and Sergey go home. That’s it.

Anton
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Anton

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Nicky91
I would say instead of Finland.

kyllito
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kyllito

Once again, imagine Pepe Lepew singing to woo his lover. The result is Serhat.

Huh
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Huh

You can never go wrong with Serhat.

Nicky91
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Nicky91

@Anton

instead of which country, because if Serhat qualifies a better song won’t qualify

Anton
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Anton

Serhat to the final!

MTD
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MTD

“Valentina’s Backyard 2017!!!”

I just LOLed too hard on this. 🙂

The green room must have been situated in the Valentina’s guest house. Hahahha

Nicky91
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Nicky91

he’s really a comedy act, and he makes me smile 🙂

YoungsterJoey
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YoungsterJoey

Imagine — just imagine — if I Didn’t Know advanced to the final? Perhaps the biggest surprise at this competition.

Valentina’s Backyard 2017!!!