San Marino’s national broadcaster SMRTV is considering taking legal action overs its 2016 Eurovision participation. And no, it’s not because the song was criminal — it’s because Serhat wasn’t allowed to use holograms in his “I Didn’t Know” performance, as he had originally planned.
As Eurofestivalnews.com reports, the director-general of the Sammarinese broadcaster, Carlo Romeo, is contemplating suing either EBU or SVT as a result of Serhat’s holograms not being allowed on stage. The hologram technology was expensive, but it couldn’t materialise into the semi-final performance because of unclear “technical problems”. The holograms, however, could be seen during the first rehearsal:
Serhat’s first rehearsal with the holograms
In our review from Stockholm, we also commented on how the hologram was a very good idea, as it helped uplift a pretty mediocre act:
After San Marino’s first contact with the stage, the micro state’s team was informed that they couldn’t use their “surprise effect” at the semi-final and apparently no more explanations were given.
Serhat’s holograms might have not looked as expensive as Iveta Mukuchyan’s — who happened to precede him at the semi-final — but judging from the rehearsal video, they were actually similar to what Ivan from Belarus brought to stage:
So this leads to the question: why could Belarus and Armenia use holograms and San Marino couldn’t? That’s what they’re asking at SMRTV.
This is not the first time the broadcaster has been irritated this year. Back in February, they considered the new voting system to be “unacceptable” because it “discriminated” against them by using a composite televote as San Marino is unable to provide its own televote
With SMRTV publicly annoyed with many aspects of Eurovision 2016, the country is still to announce whether or not they will be in Kyiv next year.
Earlier this summer, San Marino withdrew from Junior Eurovision with no further explanation, although they stated they were still to decide on their 2017 Eurovision participation.
Tell us, what do you make of all this? Why do you think Serhat wasn’t allowed to have holograms? Leave a comment below!