Well that didn’t take long. On May 21, just days after the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019, the microstate of San Marino confirmed its participation in Eurovision 2020.
Mr. Carlos Romeo, the director general of SMRTV, announced that his team is wasting no time as it gets back on the road for next year’s song contest: “We have already started working for Amsterdam!” (And, we’d assume, Maastricht, Utrecht, Rotterdam or wherever else we all land…).
Eersin Parlak, a long-time member of the Sanmarinese delegation, elaborated on the announcement on his Instagram account.
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San Marino RTV is proud to announce the confirmation of participation at the 65th Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in The Netherlands. After getting the best result of the country in Tel Aviv, the preparations for next year is already started in television. Forza San Marino! ?? #SanMarino #Eurovision #ESC #EurovisionSongContest #ESC2019 #ESC2020 #SanMarinoRTV #SMRTV #TheNetherlands #?? #Libertas
“San Marino RTV is proud to announce the confirmation of participation at the 65th Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in The Netherlands.”
“After getting the best result of the country in Tel Aviv, the preparations for next year is already started in television. Forza San Marino!”
Serhat managed to place 20th in the grand final this year. He is only the second contestant from the country to make the final, following Valentina Monetta who placed 24th in the grand final in 2014.
The Turkish-born star achieved some impressive milestones along the way.
He qualified in eighth position from the first semi-final. But of greater note is that he managed to finish fourth in the televote behind only Iceland, Australia and Estonia. Jurors ranked him 15th.
His 20th place finish in the final put him ahead of several fan favourites, including Greece and Spain. Spectacularly, he came 10th with the televote.
We caught up with Serhat just hours before the show and he was feeling loose and confident. You can see that video below.
How are you feeling about Serhat and San Marino? Can the country find another singer with his charisma, uniqueness, nerve, talent and budget? Who do you want to see on stage for the San Marinese next year? Shout it out in the comments box below.