In a statement issued by SMRTV earlier today, the network’s Director General Carlo Romeo revealed the decision, and wished Malta’s state broadcaster “the best outcome for this important event.” He added that the country has not yet decided about its participation in Eurovision 2017.
The tiny nation within Italy’s borders debuted at JESC in 2013. That year they selected Italian Michele Perniola with his MJ-inspired ditty “O-o-O Sole Intorno A Me”, which became a fan favourite during the contest. Michele finished in tenth place and became the first San Marinese act at Eurovision or Junior Eurovision to reach the top 10.
One year later SMRTV brought San Marinese-Italian girl band madness to Malta, as they sent the oh so sweet Peppermints with “Breaking My Heart”. The group achieved fifteenth place and mastered the individual cross-stage strut.
San Marino decided shortly afterwards to send its former JESC participants Michele Perniola and Anita Simoncini to the Eurovision Song Contest 2015.
Their heavily criticized “Chain of Lights” finished second-to-last in the second semi final. But hey: At least they beat Switzerland’s Mélanie René.
Given the shortage of children in San Marino, the country has always had to search for singers from outside its borders. They did it again in 2015 with Russian teen Kamilla Ismailova. On stage the Russian girl was wrapped in a gigantic foil dress with thousands of mirror shards on it — the result of some expensive styling paid for by her very wealthy family.
Kamilla ended fourteenth…but received 12 points from Ukraine.
Interview: Kamilla Ismailova at Junior Eurovision 2015
In recent months San Marino has expressed its anger over changes in the voting system at Eurovision, saying it amounted to discrimination against smaller countries. Perhaps they weren’t keen on the new Junior Eurovision voting system either.
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