He won the hearts of Eurofans three years ago in Stockholm.

And at San Marino’s First Rehearsal for Eurovision 2019 Serhat reminded us all why.

The performance starts out with his backing dancers lit from above in pink.

Thereafter the stage explodes in light, revealing Serhat in a white suit and dancing atop a raised diamond.

There were problems with in-ears during the first run through, but the package tightened up with each successive run.

Serhat’s female backing singers after the opening assume their position behind three microphone stands, while the male backing dancers focus on the dancing.

It took time for the dancers to hit their marks, but by the third run through they had put it together. The screens are heavily focused on the song’s lyrics, including a part where Serhat is surrounded by letters.

Overall this is infectious and fun. Qualification remains up in the air because this is San Marino. However, Serhat is doing everything he can to get this gig across the line. And you have to salute that.

Serhat — “Say Na Na Na”: Reviews and Reactions

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Photo Credit: EBU

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Sabrina
Sabrina
1 year ago

I’m not very fond of the first rehearsal images, but the key for this entry is to be entertaining, not to look good. It was a smart choice to end the show with something light and bubbly. I would say its qualification chances lie a lot on how much the previous entries will be able to find an audience. If they fail, San Marino is there waving with a friendly nanana.

Joe
Joe
1 year ago

My hopes are still up. Never say never. I think the second rehearsal will be a big determining factor since we haven’t seen what it’ll look like on camera yet, but the people there seem pretty positive about it.

Geo
Geo
1 year ago

Joke entry of the year. He cannot sing AT ALL, the staging is very tacky and he moves like a woman… Last place in the semifinal…

omfg
omfg
1 year ago
Reply to  Geo

what does ‘he moves like a woman’ even mean…

Alex
Alex
1 year ago

Nice staging very good closing number. This is a guilty pleasure that everyone will talk about and vote.

A bit ridiculous outfits for the male dancers and I hope he wouldn’t use the Turkish words for diaspora, so desperate.

But all in all, this is a very good effort that stands out.

San Marino will qualify but I wish they had addded something Italian in the song.

poe-tay-toe-chips
poe-tay-toe-chips
1 year ago
Reply to  Alex

????? He’s literally Turkish….he can use as much of his mother tongue as he wants!

ESC 2019
1 year ago

I LOOOVE THIS 10/10

Paul
Paul
1 year ago

It feels like very San Marino staging…

I think it’d be better with a bit more colour!

allex
allex
1 year ago

Here’s my Top 17 First Rehearsals for Semi Final One: Saturday was weak, some of the rehearsals were just terrible like Montenegro, Finland, Poland just to name a few. However Serbia, Slovenia, Czech Republic Hungary, Cyprus snatched my wig and stole yesterday’s show. Today on the other hand, was STRONG, Greece, Australia and Iceland and others were giving everything people wanted, with Avant- garde stagings, even the ones that were forgotten and dismissed like Estonia were brilliant. I can predict that most of the qualifiers will come from the second half of the semi final. It was just AMAZING. So… Read more »

allex
allex
1 year ago

My Top 8 of Today’s Rehearsals
1. Greece
2. Australia
3. Iceland
4. Belgium
5. Portugal
6. Georgia
7. San Marino
8. Estonia
Just to add Today’s Rehearsals have been a thing out of heaven, even Estonia was brilliant IMO it was just that the other rehearsals were strong.

Whisker
Whisker
1 year ago

What are those backing vocalists doing? Just as Gabanni’s in 2017, awfullly off-tune. I don’t like the staging. I have changed my opinion, it might not qualify.

Una
Una
1 year ago
Reply to  Whisker

I agree about Gabanni’s backings. Yup. But I think SM will qualify.

Jo.
Jo.
1 year ago

Press Poll
77 Australia
55 Greece
55 Iceland
38 San Marino
30 Georgia
24 Belgium
20 Portugal
16 Estonia

esc1234
esc1234
1 year ago
Reply to  Jo.

australia will be lucky to get 77 points from the televote…..

Loin dici
Loin dici
1 year ago
Reply to  esc1234

And we hope it’ll be more than that.

Bella
Bella
1 year ago
Reply to  esc1234

They will get more than that, Eurovision audience loves that kind of tacky, tasteless cr*p. The juries will destroy it, I just hope that they destroy hard enough for it not to qualify.

Yox
Yox
1 year ago
Reply to  Bella

Dream on Bella, juries will love that. Australia is going smart this year, both with juries and televote.

IVANOV
IVANOV
1 year ago
Reply to  Jo.

Rigged. San Marino over Georgia wtf. And God knows what’s going on this song with Russia. I’m even more honest than the press.

Colin
Colin
1 year ago
Reply to  Jo.

Much smaller differences than in first part of the evening. I still think we can confidently say Iceland, Australia and Greece will probably make it. 🙂
I’d really like if Portugal and Estonia make it too, but something tells me at least one among them will probably be left out. 🙁
So, after first rehearsals, I’d say that Greece, Cyprus, Iceland, Australia, Czechia and Serbia are probably good to go.
Montenegro is out. We have 10 countries fighting for remaining four spots. Gonna be thrilling!

NickC
NickC
1 year ago
Reply to  Jo.

Portugal will flop badly

Hmm
Hmm
1 year ago

Good luck San Marino I hope you qualify for the final.

Berco
Berco
1 year ago

I wish I could hear Serhat’s voice louder. Not bad but still a borderline qualifier for me.

Vogzal Odessa
Vogzal Odessa
1 year ago

Serhat has an nteresting voice and it’s a pity he so far didn’t show more ambition in terms of song choice.
As is, I cannot help but think of San Marino as the official ESC troll platform.

esc1234
esc1234
1 year ago

well the choreography is totally stupid but he has many chances to qualify

On a side note, thank you for your good work wiwiblogs, and please stay safe. A lot of things are happening in Gaza and in Israel. Hope nothing will affect the contest

Una
Una
1 year ago

I love it. Just love it. But I’ve seen some slow motion moves here, same as with Belgium. Don’t remember that from other entries. Is it something from the entries themselves or just EBU’s way of recording the snippets?

And. And. OMG. San Marino’s backings are officially worse than Romania’s. Otherwise all good. I like San Marino and I hope it qualifies.

My top 5 SF:
1. Greece
2. Australia
3. Poland
4. Serbia
5. San Marino

Ezal
Ezal
1 year ago

I always liked light and unpretentious entries, but man, those nonexisting vocals are killing this. Staging didn’t impress me too with those hypnotic letters, they should have transfered party feeling from the video..

All Wei
All Wei
1 year ago

Im a fan of the song and Sherhat but this looks very mediocre to me!! Hope its better seeing the whole picture??

Héctor
Héctor
1 year ago

With this staging I don’t really see San Marino qualifiying. I wouldn’t say it is bad, but it looks very cheap and simple. The dancers and backvocalists need to make their moves feel more organic and natural. It looks like they haven’t rehearsed at all.

Loin dici
Loin dici
1 year ago

It would probably look good on camera angles. I also like how unpretentious this is.

Jo.
Jo.
1 year ago

looks good. I think they have a shot, but it’s not a given.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 year ago

I “say yey yey yey” to “say na na na”. 🙂
I hope Barei fans can forgive me.

Erasmus
Erasmus
1 year ago

Hope he doesn’t qualify, we have much better song than this..

Skiwalko
1 year ago

I’m not sure about that one. I’d call it a borderline qualifier for the moment, I guess it all depends on what the energy in the arena on the night will be like. Still, fingers crossed for Serhat.
Fun fact: There’s 156 “na” in “Say Na Na Na”

Kosey
Kosey
1 year ago
Reply to  Skiwalko

Not so fun fact: there are far too many “na’s” in this song.

La Signora
La Signora
1 year ago

Please my tiny cutie San Marino, be in the final. I believe in you

Una
Una
1 year ago
Reply to  La Signora

Yeeeesss! Me too!!!! (loveSM)

Rimig
Rimig
1 year ago
Reply to  Una

Hatari also loves SM!
(Sorry, just had to do the joke!) 🙂

Una
Una
1 year ago
Reply to  Rimig

Chuckles. Soft chuckles. All good, Rimig 🙂

La Signora
La Signora
1 year ago
Reply to  Rimig

I love SM too! (Both) lol

Ioa Ioa
Ioa Ioa
1 year ago

Please downvote this comment!!!

Skiwalko
1 year ago
Reply to  Ioa Ioa

There was nothing wrong about your first comment, why did you change it?
Not everybody’s gonna like your opinion, don’t let the downvotes get under your skin. 🙂

Ioa Ioa
Ioa Ioa
1 year ago
Reply to  Skiwalko

Well no matter what you post here you get downvoted. So I decided to invite them to downvote by myself.

Nicolas
Nicolas
1 year ago
Reply to  Ioa Ioa

Upvoted! Na Na Na .

Polegend Godgarina
1 year ago

pretty much reproducing the music video, and that’s fine. those are the vibes this song has anyway. hope he pulls thru