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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.

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Babes
Babes
1 month ago

They need to hire a sound engineer in the first place! This year’s show was horribly organized

motopapi
motopapi
1 month ago

I’m glad San Marino decided to keep the selection and I hope this upcoming edition is at least on par to this year’s one. Wishing all the best to my favorite microstate! 😀

Vivian
Vivian
1 month ago

I won’t lie… I never really understood why San Marino is still competing in Eurovision. Sure, some of their entries are interesting, but… besides Valentina Monetta and Miodio… what other Sammarinese entries have actually had some sort of connection with the microstate itself? I feel like the nation doesn’t really display much of itself by constantly raking in artists from other nations, who more – often than not – don’t do well enough to really stand out. They’ve yet to finish higher than 19th, and that was with a Turkish dentist.

MiskyDisky
MiskyDisky
1 month ago
Reply to  Vivian

what other Sammarinese entries have actually had some sort of connection with the microstate itself?

Anita Simoncini (2015) was born in San Marino.

Eurotoxic
Eurotoxic
1 month ago

Stripper deserved a place in the final!

Yudhistira Mahasena
1 month ago
Reply to  Eurotoxic

Couldn’t agree more. Achille Lauro is an Italian rock legend and the whole arena was pissed off that he didn’t bring San Marino in the grand final this year.

Samira
Samira
1 month ago
Reply to  Eurotoxic

It was literally akin to I’m A Joker in 2012. It was a huge mess

HarpyDarper
HarpyDarper
1 month ago
Reply to  Eurotoxic

I deliberately avoided it in the fun up to the final (along with a few others), didn’t have high expectations but was thrilled with his performance! It brought a bit of grit to proceedings, especially coming after Malta.

I’m too young to remember Gary Glitter as a star, but the performance (and song) made me picture what his performances were like, a lot of chants, building up the audience, dirty guitars etc. But no way am I equating him to that monster! Just separating art from the artist

Paul
Paul
1 month ago
Reply to  HarpyDarper

Not sure comparing him to Gary Glitter is a compliment!!

HarpyDarper
HarpyDarper
1 month ago
Reply to  Paul

If you like glam rock, big theatrics, then GG was good at that sort of thing. One of my (older) friends saw him back in the day and says it was a fantastic show. That’s as far as the comparison goes

Colin
Colin
1 month ago

I am happy to see San Marino in a full swing again, even if I’d prefer a different type of selection. For instance, why not doing what Latvia did in 2018 – Have an online selection of 60 songs, without credited performers or songwriters (but mix newcomers with famous singers, for sure, as that’s the best feature of UVpSM), and let the audiences vote on which songs they like more. After that, with the combination of a professional jury vote, pick the best 20, and have your 2 semis + finals selection. But by then the songs should be in… Read more »

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago

Can San Marino afford the festival? Or is 2023 yet another edition of SM sending the act that can pay for their participation, like 200-300k? Poor the hopefuls that would pay to be in the NF – flights, accommodation and such, only to perform on a cheap looking stage (no offense, that’s what it looked like this year), and have no chance at all of participating in the festival. It’s never been easier to promote your music and art on social media, see Sam Ryder. Why waste your time and money on SM? Why lose your self-esteem?

Polegend Godnova
1 month ago
Reply to  Whisker

it’s always been that way and it’ll always be that way – the act who has enough funds will represent san marino. it’s a small country with few resources and they use the eurovision as a platform to promote their existence, can’t expect too much lol

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago

Then they should do an internal selection OR an NF only with acts that can prove they can pay for their participation.
That said SM is one of “the six of 2022” and they are organizing a selection for 2023. Interesting.

Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Whisker

Poland has also confirmed they’re sticking around.

Polegend Godnova
1 month ago
Reply to  Whisker

nah, they’ll have as many people as possible so that they all pay the participation fee lmao.

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago

Maybe hopefuls will be smarter than that and put their money where it actually pays off. And retain the rights on their song also. It did happen in the past that one particular broadcaster made songwriters sign away their rights on *their* own song.

Una
Una
1 month ago

Four semis sounds way too much for San Marino unless they select artists and songs like Norway or Sweden. Do they still need artists with money? At least Moldova were transparent about it in 2022. How about Malta’s plans??

*Finland* do amazing with a selection of just seven artists and songs, and an impressive one-night show with amazing commentary in English and Swedish.

Yudhistira Mahasena
1 month ago

Now here’s the thing. San Marino is infamous for having no restrictions as to where their representative singer is from at the Eurovision Song Contest. This microstate has given us an Eritrean pop singer living in Bologna, a singing Turkish dentist, a Maltese-German duo, an Italian rock legend, and two American singers. That being said, I’ve considered three K-pop stars who have the potential to represent San Marino in Eurovision next year. I love Eurovision, I love K-pop, and when these two topics are combined, I’m hooked. The first is Kim Jaehwan. I have no reason for this, but I… Read more »

Yudhistira Mahasena
1 month ago

Remember that singers from every country can apply for UVPSM 2023 because San Marino has no restrictions as to where their representative singer is from.

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago

It looks like SM has zero national identity. That’s sad. This should be a time for them to promote their own talent. That’s sadder. I think I’m going to cry.

James
James
1 month ago
Reply to  Whisker

They are giving an opportunity for local artists to try out, hence a separate semifinal for them with 4 spots in the grand final allotted to the lucky Sanmarinese finalists.

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago
Reply to  James

A low-budget event and sending the act who can pay for the participation in the festival isn’t a big deal. Malta did a joke of a NF this year too. If the broadcaster can’t afford the festival, they could consider taking a break for a few years.

James
James
1 month ago
Reply to  Whisker

They have sponsors to help cover the costs of production.

Ryan Atherton
Ryan Atherton
1 month ago

Mericler

Joe
Joe
1 month ago

FORZA TITANI! Let’s get this show back on the road!