They’re the microstate that have only reached the Eurovision grand final on one occasion in 2014. But San Marino are now hoping to double that score, after confirming their participation in Eurovision 2019.
Broadcaster SMRTV released a short statement earlier today announcing their intention to participate in next year’s contest in Tel Aviv.
Head of Delegation Alessandro Capicchioni commented, “Considered the peculiarity of the place, Tel Aviv will surely be a special edition. We’ll do our part by doing our best.”
This will be the country’s tenth participation in the contest following their debut in 2008 and subsequent return in 2011.
San Marino won’t return to 1in360
However, the official statement revealed nothing in regards to how San Marino will select its artist and song for Israel.
Last year the microstate underwent an international search for its entry using selection show 1in360. This resulted in Jessika from Malta and Jenifer Brening from Germany representing the country in Lisbon with “Who We Are”. The dynamic duo (and their robots) placed 17th in the second semi-final.
The producers of the talent show recently revealed that they do have plans for a second edition of 1in360. They even suggested that a “much bigger show” was in the works, coming either in 2019 or 2020.
However shortly after San Marino confirmed their participation, the organisers of the talent show made a statement on Twitter. They said that the “the bigger selection show we had in mind will not materialize for Eurovision 2019.”
1in360 signed off their tweet with “Talk to you next year!”, implying that they may now be aiming for a 2020 show.
Unfortunately, the bigger selection show we had in mind won't materialize for Eurovision 2019. But fear not, your favorite country, San Marino, will participate in a different format – we'll leave San Marino RTV to reveal the details. Talk to you next year!
— 1in360 (@1in360talent) November 6, 2018
Prior to 2018, San Marino selected their Eurovision acts internally. Five times they teamed up with the German Eurovision maestro Ralph Siegel, while in 2016 they partnered with the Turkish crooner Serhat.
San Marino is expected to release further details about their selection process for 2019 in the coming months.
How many countries are confirmed for 2019?
With Russia having also confirmed their intention to participate in Eurovision 2019 to fan media at the end of last week, this now brings the total number of confirmed countries to 41.
Moldova is the only 2018 participant remaining that has not as yet revealed if they will also be making the trip to Tel Aviv.
However, we may not have long to wait until we officially find out how many countries will be competing for the trophy in Israel next May. Last year the EBU released the official list of participants on 7th November (with FYR Macedonia later added on 17th), suggesting news could soon be on the way.
Are you happy to see San Marino back at Eurovision? Who would you like to see representing them? What selection method do you think they’ll use? Sound off in the comments below!