Around 80 acts will soon be making their way to San Marino as the microstate begins the live auditions for its national final Una voce per San Marino. Broadcaster SMRTV has confirmed the names of the first group of acts who will be auditioning in the emerging artist category.
Among the acts are a few names that maybe familiar to Eurovision fans. Austrian singer Sara de Blue was previously one of the five wildcard hopefuls in Austria’s national final for Eurovision 2016. But she made even more of an impact in 2018 when she entered San Marino’s previous national final 1IN360.
The blue-haired singer made it to the grand final with her song “Out of the Twilight”. The fan favourite song finished second, just two points behind the overall winner.
This time she will be auditioning as a duo with the jazz-pop singer Jack Marsina. The pair have performed together before, including a jazzy Christmas show.
Also trying their luck is another familiar name from 1IN360 — and many Eurovision national finals. Swedish twins Ylva & Linda will be auditioning.
The duo are best known among Eurovision fans for their songwriting contributions in national finals. While the twins have never had a song in their home country’s national final Melodifestivalen, in recent years they have had songs in national finals of Lithuania, Moldova, Belarus and Norway among others.
In 2018 they entered San Marino’s 1IN360 national final, but didn’t make it to any of the competitive rounds. This time they back back, hoping for another chance to realise their Eurovision dream.
Another notable name on the list of auditioning acts is the Italian comedy heavy metal group Nanowar of Steel. The group formed in 2003 and has since been serving their unique brand of rock to fans. They may be yet another rock act to be inspired by Måneskin’s Eurovision rock win earlier this year.
The auditioning acts will head to San Marino for the initial live auditions to be held from 13 to 15 December. Further auditions will be held in January. Public entries are still open and will close on 10 January.
Auditioning acts will have to cover their own travel and accommodation costs for their audition in San Marino.
The event was earlier named by San Marino’s government as part of a series of events to revitalise the microstate’s tourist industry. Tourism plays a major part in San Marino’s economy but it has recently taken a hit from reduced visitor numbers due to the pandemic.
Una voce per San Marino – emerging artists auditioning acts
Elisa Del Prete
Garon x Duan
|Giorgio Borghes aka Claudia F|
Giovanni & Tinashe
Jack Marsina & Sara De Blue
Jessica Anne Condon
Joe Romano & TheStolenClipper
Laura Maria Giuliani
March. & Kiera Chaplin
Maria Chiara Leoni
|Mattia Di Bernardo|
Nanowar of Steel
Pascale Filomena Pia
Secondo e Rosanna duo
Williams Leslie Yapi
Ylva & Linda
San Marino’s new national final
After the initial casting auditions, around 40 shortlisted emerging artists will compete in four semi-finals, a second chance round and a final. The nine highest placed acts will qualify for the overall grand final.
They will be joined by nine others in the established artists category. These artists won’t have to audition and will be directly invited to compete.
The 18 finalists — nine emerging artists and nine established artists — will compete in the grand final on 19 February. The winner, second and third places will be selected by an expert jury alone.
What do you think? Which names are you excited to see? Will San Marino’s act for Turin come from this group?