Photo: Diego Pinzon

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.

You can watch the entire show at this link.

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”

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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”

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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”

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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.

In 2017, they won the Golden Buzzer at Italia’s Got Talent. Elena also competed in the New Artists section of Sanremo 2021 with the song “Che ne so”.

Semi-final one acts qualified for second chance

Eliška Mrázová – “Imma Be”

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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.

https://youtu.be/KmAs9jlGg5w

Frio – “A Noite Toda”

Photo: Diego Pinzon

 

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.

https://youtu.be/oP3sPllTHE4

Alessia Labate – “World Falls Down”

Photo: Diego Pinzon

 

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.

https://youtu.be/a5KUmNAMnX0

Anna Faragò – “Randagio”

Photo: Diego Pinzon

 

Anna Faragò participated in the Festival Show 2007.

She has also opened several important concerts for artists, such as Albano, Mezzanotte and Alessandra Amoroso.

https://youtu.be/J0pCMQtSBQE

Daniela Pisciotta – “Tic Tac”

Photo: Diego Pinzon

 

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”.

https://youtu.be/OuFHHlYdEwM

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.

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Michael
Michael
7 months ago

no. just no.

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
7 months ago

okay but some of the qualifiers are clearly what in italy we call raccomandati lmao

circus mircus drop when
circus mircus drop when
7 months ago

I hope that means “awesome”, because Elena and Francesco are 100% precious and must be protected! Kudos to San Marino for a cheap but v likable show, I’m looking forward to the rest.

Safiya
Safiya
7 months ago

While I see why some people may not be happy about it, I think it is actually quite clever to accept entries from other selections who failed to win in their own countries (like Elis Mraz) – many of them are really good and fan favorites.

Ifty
Ifty
7 months ago

Elis Mraz we are all rooting for you! XD

ete sech
ete sech
7 months ago
Reply to  Ifty

It’d be ironic and iconic if she wins for San Marino and ends up getting a better place than Domi in Turin XD

nyyppä
nyyppä
7 months ago

lovely performances in what seems to be a very challenging setting for a singer. watched it all and especially loved frio’s song & energy, rooting for them in the 2nd chance!

Joe
Joe
7 months ago

Proud of my little microstate. You’re doing great!

Luísa
Luísa
7 months ago

brazilian funk in a national selection is surreal to me, wish Frio passed

Last edited 7 months ago by Luísa
ponjo49
ponjo49
7 months ago

Aaron Sibley has a banging song!

Colin
Colin
7 months ago

Aaron Sibley and Elis Mraz are both fantastic!

Seems like these are their songs for the NF after all. I am surprised with the rather high quality of these songs. It’s nowhere near the level of most other selections where they have wide public auditions. Some of these are proper good entries, including Aaron’s and Elis’ (of course, since it’s Imma Be).

Last edited 7 months ago by Colin
Velvet
Velvet
7 months ago

I remember Camille Cabaltera from X Factor Italy, she was easily one of my faves and got screwed by a stupid twist when she could’ve gone further in the competition
She also was unlucky that that season was one of the most competitive ever (Måneskin were in the same season as her btw), if she took part on a recent season she would’ve easily reached the finale
So I’m really happy seeing her succeed
I’ll be definitely rooting for her

sam
sam
7 months ago

the moment you realize san marino has one of the best looking nf lineups this year

Last edited 7 months ago by sam
Roelof M
Roelof M
7 months ago

Even tho the set-up of the NF is still unclear to me (I still don’t even know whether or not they are selecting the song through this NF), it is very exciting to see a country like San Marino put so much effort into an NF, when they could very easily just keep on selecting internally. This is the kinda passion that has luckily been rewarded the last two years for them, and it would be great to see San Marino do the unthinkable and qualify three times in a row.

Alex
Alex
7 months ago

the sound from the theatre on TV was really bad.

Elis seemed to have the most professional performance.

jofy
jofy
7 months ago

Ellynora robbed!

Heartbeater
Heartbeater
7 months ago

camille Cabaltera is my favorite

ponjo49
ponjo49
7 months ago

Watched the whole thing and wow…San Marino best improve their sound for the final. It KILLED some of the performances lol. Out of all of them Aaron Sibley was definitely the best, and banging song too!

Last edited 7 months ago by ponjo49
WeAreWhitChanel
WeAreWhitChanel
7 months ago

Elis the best for me

Jo.
Jo.
7 months ago

this actually looks promising

sale
sale
7 months ago

wait are they selecting the song or the artist I can’t seem to get it?

Ignonito
Ignonito
7 months ago
Reply to  sale

Its a semi final, selecting the artist with a song to go into second chance and final