It’s the voice from San Marino! On Sunday, semi-final one of Una Voce per San Marino took place at Teatro Titano in the city of San Marino. Of the remaining emerging artists, 20 were competing in semi-final one for three tickets to the Emerging Artists Final.
In the first round of competition, the 20 acts each sang their own song. Eight of these advanced to the second round. Then in round two, the remaining contestants sang a cover or an original song.
After two rounds of competition, it was Aaron Sibley, Camille Cabaltera and Elena & Francesco Faggi who won the tickets to the Emerging Artists Final on Friday.
However, hope is not lost for the other five acts who made it to the second round. They’ll all progress to the second chance show on Thursday. Included in this is Eliska Mrázová, better known as Elis Mraz, who finished second in the Czech Republic’s 2020 and 2022 national final ESCZ.
Elis will be joined by Frio, Alessia Labate, Anna Faragò and Daniela Pisciotta in the second chance show.
Una Voce per San Marino: Emerging artists semi-final one results
Three acts qualified for the Emerging Artists Final are:
- Aaron Sibley – “Last Request”
- Camille Cabaltera – “Until They Say Goodbye”
- Elena & Francesco Faggi – “Eleanor Rigby”
Five acts qualified for the second chance are:
- Eliška Mrázová – “Imma Be”
- Frio – “A Noite Toda”
- Alessia Labate – “World Falls Down”
- Anna Faragò – “Randagio”
- Daniela Pisciotta – “Tic Tac”
Semi-final one acts qualified for the Emerging Artists Final
Aaron Sibley – “Last Request”
Aaron Sibley is a singer from a small town in the south of England and now based in London. He believes that “writing from the heart and drawing from experience, whether it’s personal or instinctual, is important to me”.
He is a big fan of the Eurovision Song Contest and he is known to Eurovision fans for his participation in the 2018 Moldovan national final O melodie pentru Europa 2018 alongisde Sandy C. They sang “Once Upon A Time” and finished sixth in the final.
Camille Cabaltera – “Until They Say Goodbye”
Camille Cabaltera is 22 years old and was born in Manila, Philippines. At the age of nine, she moved to Italy with her family.
She made her musical debut as a young girl on Rai Uno in Ti lascio una canzone. She also participated in the Castrocaro Festival and won the junior section. In 2017, she participated in season eleven of X Factor Italia, and in 2021, she performed “Scegli” (“Choose”), a song from the Disney animated film Raya and the Last Dragon.
Elena & Francesco Faggi – “Eleanor Rigby”
Elena and Francesco are a sibling duo. Francesco is a singer/songwriter, musician, composer, and he defines himself as a “dreamer artist”. Elena is an Italian singer and songwriter who also dances, performs, and plays the violin.
Semi-final one acts qualified for second chance
Eliška Mrázová – “Imma Be”
Eliška Mrázová, also known as Elis Mraz, is a Czech singer and composer. In 2014, she won the Discovery of the Year Award in the Czech Nightingale Mattoni Poll. In the same year, she reached the semi-finals of The Voice Česko Slovensko.
In 2020 and 2022, she participated in the national final ESCZ (Eurovision Song Contest Czech Republic). In 2020, her song “Wanna Be Like” with rapper Čis T took second place behind Benny Cristo’s “Kemama”. Then in 2022, she took second place again with the song “Imma Be”. Elis has brought the same song to San Marino.
In 2017 and 2021, she was also a member of the Czech jury at the Eurovision Song Contest.
Frio – “A Noite Toda”
Frio, aka Yuri Vidal, was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to an Italian-Brazilian mother and a Brazilian father. He moved to Italy with his parents when he was four years old. He has listened to Michael Jackson’s music since he was a child and still considers him his favourite singer to this day.
He decided to call himself Frio, which means ‘cold’ in Portuguese, because he wanted to honour his Brazilian roots. In August 2021, he participated in Deejay On Stage, hosted by Rudy Zerbi, where his song “Wow” was in the top eight of the competition.
Alessia Labate – “World Falls Down”
Alessia Labate is a 21-year-old singer-songwriter, producer, and guitarist from Milan. Born to a musician father and dancer mother, she has always been surrounded by music. But her artistic journey really began when she was 11, learning to play the piano and cello at school.
She participated in the Italian talent show Io Canto at the age of 12. At the age of 17, she participated in The Voice of Italy and convinced three judges to turn during her audition.
Anna Faragò – “Randagio”
Anna Faragò participated in the Festival Show 2007.
She has also opened several important concerts for artists, such as Albano, Mezzanotte and Alessandra Amoroso.
Daniela Pisciotta – “Tic Tac”
Daniela Pisciotta is a Bolognese singer-songwriter. She is also known as Isa J. She writes about the world around her with a hint of sarcasm and originality, using a commercial sound that makes her songs fun and affordable for everyone.
She participated in Casa Sanremo in 2020 and took second place with the song “Scriverai il mio nome”.
What did you think of Una Voce per San Marino semi-final one? Are you excited about the grand final on Saturday? Let us know in the comments below.