Earlier this week, San Marino‘s broadcaster confirmed they would participate in Eurovision 2019. As well, 1in360 revealed that San Marino would not be using the international talent show format again. So what should San Marino do to select their act? We look at 10 ways the microstate could choose their act for Eurovision 2019.
1. Bring back Serhat
In 2016, Turkish television producer and hat wearer Serhat represented San Marino with the seductive disco tune “I Didn’t Know”. Serhat clearly has an affinity for Eurovision. He’s recently duetted with ESC 2005 winner Helena Paparizou and #Eurovision tags often feature on his Instagram posts. Is it time for the stylish Turk to bring his seductive ways to Tel Aviv?
2. Host their own national final
If SMRTV isn’t going to use 1in360 this season, they could hold their own national final. And, like a lot of other national finals, they could restrict entries to locals only. There are at least 11 singers in San Marino, so that’s enough for a national final. They could call the show… Melodifestivalentina.
3. Michele & Anita? Yes!
A lot has happened since Michele Perniola delivered that dramatic “no” in Vienna. As well as cultivating a bad boy image, the “Chain of Lights” singer also competed on the popular Italian talent show Amici di Maria De Filippi. Singing partner Anita Simocini was shortlisted for the San Marino wildcard in the 2018 edition of 1in360. They’re both talented singers, so let’s have them back for another dramatic yet uplifting duet.
4. Make that guy’s dream come true
You know that guy? The one who can’t really sing or write songs, but every year he still writes and releases multiple entries, hoping that some national final somewhere will select him. (No, not that guy — the other one.) Anyway, San Marino should make his dream come true and send him to Eurovision. But does he know he won’t be able to use autotune?
5. Let Ralph Siegel have another go
The German Eurovision maestro has a history with San Marino, having been involved with five of the microstate’s entries. 2019 marks the 40th anniversary the fourth-place finish of Ralph’s pop group Dschinghis Khan at Eurovision 1979 in Jerusalem. Perhaps the group — who are still working with Siegel — could revisit Israel and deliver some hu-ha! realness.
6. Grab Sanremo’s finest
The microstate might have a limited talent pool, but there’s always neighbouring Italy. San Marino could woo a Sanremo star, someone like Annalisa. She placed third at Sanremo 2018 and her song went on to win the OGAE Second Chance Contest — so the fan interest is there. Just don’t tell RAI.
7. The true stars of 2018
There was a lot going on with San Marino’s staging in Lisbon, but the undisputed stars of the performance were the quartet of robots. The little machines bopped along to the song and supported the human singers. If San Marino sends the robots again (with a few humans to provide live vocals) they’ll be able to bypass the six-person rule and fill the stage with an all-star android cast.
8. Your favourite rapper from San Marino
Is it time for IROL MC to have his moment? The I Talenti dei Castelli winner and 2016 points spokesperson also won the San Marino wildcard of 1in360. He then took a stand by withdrawing his guest rap from “Who We Are”, saying the song was “too poppy” for him. The new version of “Who We Are” went on to win 1in360, but IROL retained his artistic integrity.
9. Hold a crowdfunding campaign
Budgets can be tight for smaller countries at Eurovision. San Marino could ease things a little by running a crowdfunding campaign to boost their Eurovision entry. Backer rewards could include seeing your name on the LEDs or getting to be a dancer. The top level reward — for donors of 250,000 euros or more — is to be San Marino’s actual Eurovision act.
10. V is for Valentina
V is also the Roman numeral for five. Maybe it’s time for Valentina Monetta to make her fifth attempt at Eurovision. Her last entry might not have done so well for San Marino, but Val remains the only artist to have taken San Marino to the grand final. Give her a jazz number in Italian and let her slay!
What do you think? How should San Marino choose their act for Tel Aviv? Who would you like to see sing for the microstate? Tell us what you think below!