In recent weeks, San Marino had been threatening to collapse under the weight of its pre-announcement hype. But today, with one simple press conference, the hype has ended and the excitement has begun. Broadcaster SMRTV today confirmed that Turkish crooner Serhat will again represent the microstate at Eurovision, this time in Tel Aviv.
The good news was confirmed today at a press conference, where representatives from the broadcaster also noted that Eurovision 2019 would be San Marino’s tenth participation. And for that occasion, they decided to invite an iconic performer.
At the press conference, Serhat thanked the broadcaster for inviting him, and added, “We had wonderful memories in 2016, the same team, and now we are more experienced, more strong, and we know each other very well. So I’m really very glad and honoured again to be asked to represent San Marino.”
In a statement sent to wiwibloggs he said:
“I was working on my album, which will be released in April 2019, while I got the invitation from San Marino for my coming back. San Marino is always in my heart, our friendship lasts forever and ESC 2016 was probably one of the best memories of my career. Despite my tight schedule, it didn’t take me long to decide. I am very proud to represent San Marino for the second time”.
The broadcaster said:
“When we started to plan the next edition of ESC, we realized that this participation will be our 10th entry. It is a ’round’ number, an important goal for us, and we thought that we should celebrate our anniversary in Israel, with someone special. We were always in touch with Serhat during the last two years, having celebrated together his big success in the USA Billboard dance charts with ‘I Didn’t Know’, congratulated with him for his collaboration with Helena Paparizou. Serhat always had a special place in our strongest experiences and now after 2016, we are fully empowered and believe that Serhat being full of interesting ideas, is the right choice in the right moment”.
Serhat at Eurovision
Serhat made his first Eurovision appearance singing for San Marino in 2016. The sedate original version of his entry “I Didn’t Know” was eventually swapped for an upbeat disco style, after substantial pressure from Serhat’s growing fanbase.
Serhat and his team of glamorous dancers brought a glitzy extravaganza to Stockholm. And while San Marino missed out on qualifying in 12th place, they placed 11th in the televote, showing there was public support for Serhat.
Since his time at Eurovision, Serhat has been a busy man. In 2017, he teamed up with legendary disco diva Martha Wash on a remix of “I Didn’t Know”. The song even reached No.38 on the Billboard Dance Club Chart.
Last year he collaborated with another legendary diva, Eurovision winner Helena Paparizou. Hel’ and the ‘Hat duetted on his 2004 single “Total Disguise”, taking listeners on a sensual journey.
With three years of music experience behind him since Stockholm, we expect Serhat will have a new musical adventure for Europe to enjoy.
Serhat’s song for Eurovision 2019 will be released at a later date.
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