It’s the microstate that never gives up. San Marino has tried multiple selection methods for the Eurovision Song Contest, ranging from quiet selections behind the scenes to the large-scale international competition “1 in 360”.
And now the usually reserved nation has revealed quite a bit of information regarding their entry for Tel Aviv. Their news coincides with a bold claim from Rodrigo Alves — aka the “Human Ken Doll” — on Instagram that he’s working on a song for Eurovision. Fans are now drawing connections: Are they separate dots or part of the same circle?
San Marino selects an “international artist”
Broadcaster RTV have officially announced that not only have they already selected an artist for Eurovision 2019, but that they’ve also selected and recorded the song.
Apparently they’re now in the final steps before the reveal. Alessandro Capicchioni, their Head of Delegation, said:
“We will soon host an official press conference in San Marino in a few weeks time, when we will give further details about RTV’s participation. At the moment we are working on the post production of the song and the videoclip.”
Carlo Romeo, Director General of SMRTV, says the team is pretty confident about their chosen act, which he describes as “a wonderful international artist.”
“This year we have worked hard on several proposals, as the Israeli edition is important to us for many reasons,” he said. “Eventually we chose the best project, fully supported and approved with a wonderful international artist. Fingers crossed, but I think we will have a very good entry.”
“Good luck to all our friends and colleagues involved in the organization of such an important TV event, a world-wide event based on a joyous combination of music and dialogue, spectacle and friendship.”
It’s important to note that the statement refers to the selected artist as “international” — continuing a well-established tradition. San Marino has drawn on international acts for Eurovision previously, including the Maltese-German duo of Jessika and Jenifer Brening, Italy’s Michele Perniola and Turkey’s Serhat.
Rodrigo Alves at Eurovision?
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The secret to the success is to have the right people around you, who believes that you can do it working on a new pop hit which will be out next year !! #excited !! #eurovision !! Grazie mille a @alessioshekyfiorucci @leo_marchi and to the best friend in the world!!!! @giacomourtis #rodrigoalves
Rodrigo Alves is an Instagram star with around 770,000 followers. He’s known to have spent more than £500,000 on plastic surgery with the goal of looking like a human Ken Doll. He leveraged his “look” to become an Insta star and gain attention in tabloids around the world. That’s led to several appearances on reality TV programmes around the world. The MailOnline reports that he’s poised to get his 11th nose job in the new year.
He’s not just a man of many noses: he’s also a man of many tongues, as he speaks Italian, English, Portuguese, German, Spanish and French.
Brazilian-born Rodrigo shot to fame in the UK — he has a British father — after appearing on the 2018 edition of Celebrity Big Brother. His stint in the house came to a shameful end after he used an unforgivable racial slur to describe his preferred sexual partner. Producers ultimately expelled him from the house.
He’s also well-known in Italy, where he also appeared on Celebrity Big Brother, but as a special guest for a few episodes.
In this video entitled “Bottoms Up! Rodrigo gets an Xmas butt lift”, we learn more about his love of plastic surgery and his ambitions to launch a singing career.
At 3:15 in the video, he also touches on Eurovision.
“I am going to be launching my very first pop song and I’m very excited. I’m aiming to be on Eurovision next year.”
The 35-year-old is known to be incredibly wealthy and has, in fact, had vocal training with Laura Pesenti in Milan. His ability to speak Italian, coupled with his deep pockets and Italy’s close ties with San Marino, are together painting an interesting picture.
Last week he posted the above Instagram post along with a very provocative caption.
“The secret to the success is to have the right people around you, who believes that you can do it working on a new pop hit which will be out next year!! #excited!! #eurovision !! Grazie mille a @alessioshekyfiorucci @leo_marchi and to the best friend in the world!!!!”
The man on the very right of the photo is celebrity plastic surgeon Giacomo Urtis. He took part in the latest series of Italy’s Survivor VIP Edition and released the following music. It seems like they could be collaborating. They’ve certainly got the funds to sort out San Marino’s cash-strapped broadcaster.
What do you think? Who would you like to see represent the microstate at Eurovision? Do you think it could be Rodrigo? Let us know in the comments below!