The last time San Marino held a national final, they send a Maltese singer, German rapper and some cute robots to Eurovision. Now the microstate has revealed more information about its new national final Una voce per San Marino that will select San Marino’s act for Eurovision 2022.
Back in April, broadcaster SMRTV announced Una voce per San Marino (A voice for San Marino) as part of its 2021-2022 tourism events calendar. Local government hoped that a richer selection of music and entertainment events will attract tourists to the microstate once coronavirus pandemic restrictions are eased.
Now San Marino’s Secretary of State for Tourism Federico Pedini Amati and the Director of the Tourist Office Nicoletta Corbelli have given an update on the plans to revitalise tourism in San Marino — including more information about the new national final.
Una voce per San Marino will begin in December and will continue through “the first months of 2022”. But at this stage, no further details have been confirmed about the new national final, including whether the contest will be open to singers from outside San Marino.
As well as selecting San Marino’s entry for Eurovision 2022, the national final is one of many events being held to revitalise San Marino’s tourism industry. Tourism plays a major part in the microstate’s economy but it has taken a hit from reduced visitor numbers due to the pandemic.
San Marino’s national final history
This is only the second time San Marino has used a national final to select its act for Eurovision. In 2018, San Marino used the new format 1in360.
The competing acts attracted familiar faces from national finals around Europe, including Finland’s Emma Sandström, Malta’s Jessika and Franklin, and Austria’s Sara de Blue. San Marino’s own rap star IROL also competed.
After several wildcard rounds and three live shows, the contest was won by Malta’s Jessika with guest rap from upcoming German rapper Jenifer Brening. In both the national final and Eurovision performance of their song “Who We Are”, the human performers were joined by cute robots.
Sadly the performance did not give a good result for San Marino. They finished 17th in their semi-final with only 28 points.
In 2020, while artist Senhit was internally selected, she used an online vote to select her song for Eurovision 2020.
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