It’s not easy being a microstate at Eurovision. And San Marino feel their struggles were made even worse last night. In a statement released on Friday, broadcaster RTV accused the Italian broadcaster’s commentary team of spreading “fake news” about the microstate.
RTV state that Italian commentators Carolina Di Domenico and Saverio Raimondo made “offensive statements” with regards to last year’s result. They’re reported to have suggested that Francesco Gabbani failed to win “because of the San Marino vote”.
To make matters worse, RTV say that the commentary team called San Marino “infamous”.
And with Italy able to vote in last night’s semi-final, the implication is that the Italian viewers were told not to vote for San Marino. In RTV’s words, “the damage during the live show has now been done, regardless of whether it helped or hindered San Marino”.
Indeed, last night saw San Marino’s Jessika feat. Jenifer Brening fail to make it out of the second semi-final. San Marino have still only made the final on one occasion, back in 2014 with Valentina Monetta.
RTV also point out that San Marino has “never commented” that Italy have failed to award the microstate “anything more than 6 points”…
San Marino’s Head of Delegation, Alessandro Capicchioni, says that he will meet with the Director General of RTV today to “solicit an evaluation from the EBU regarding what has happened”.
We’ll keep you updated with any further statements from RTV, RAI or the EBU on this topic.
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