Strippers, Facebook, Adrenaline…you can always expect the unexpected from San Marino at Eurovision. It’s been confirmed that country that isn’t afraid of sending controversial acts to the competition will stage their national selection Una Voce per San Marino 2023, known as UVPSM. So prepare yourself for yet another marathon of casting rounds from the tiny landlocked country!
After Achille Lauro was chosen to represent San Marino this year in Turin, he missed out on qualifying to the Grand Final. But that doesn’t mean the broadcaster SMRTV is doing away with its intense way of choosing the right act for Eurovision. UVPSM will be back for yet another edition with castings already starting in October. Once again, singers from every country can apply. But there will still be some changes…
In 2022, the final of UVPSM was made up of nine established artists and nine qualifiers who had to go through the casting rounds and semi finals. This will not be the case in 2023. Yes, it’s still possible to see some well-known acts in the show, as SMRTV can give “big artists” the opportunity to skip the casting rounds. But they still need to go through the semi final stage.
Overall, 60 acts will make it to the semi finals, of which there will be four at the end of February. The first three semi finals will consist of international candidates. The fouth semi final will be for San Marino locals only. SMRTV confirms through the official rules, that four San Marinese acts will definitely make it to the final. Additionaly. the selection in San Marino will also have a second chance round.
You can now mark your calenders, as it has already been confirmed that the Grand final will take place on 25th February. It’s not yet official how many acts will participate at the final but it should be around 20. The show will again take place at Teatro Nuovo in San Marino. It has not been confirmed who will host the shows.
Broadcaster SMRTV is accepting applications until 29th September (and with a fee of 100 euros). Everyone who applies afterwards will need to pay 150 euros. Citizens of San Marino only need to pay 50 euros to apply and attend the casting rounds, which again will take place in San Marino. Since the overall deadline of accepting applications is in late January we can expect to see the last castings around this time. The jury will decide 60 acts for the semi finals.
The last edition of Una Voce per San Marino gave us well-known acts like DJ Burak Yeter who came second and Christina Ramos, winner of Spain’s Got Talent 2016. Achille Lauro ultimately won the competition in Eurovision’s smallest country after he wasn’t able to impress the public and juries at Italy’s San Remo, where he also competed.
Later in May, Achille burned the Turin stage during the semi final of Eurovision 2022. Although he performed on home ground he didn’t make it to the final and placed 14th in his semi final. Not even his rodeo ride and all the burning guitars on stage could push “Stripper” to the final. In 2021, Senhit made history by bringing famous US rapper Flo Rida on stage. Her entry “Adrenalina” made it to the final in Rotterdam.
Who do you want to see representing San Marino in the UK? Will Valentina Monetta take her chance or is it time for a new talent? Let us know in the comments below.