San Marino in the Eurovision Song Contest

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San Marino
San Marino
Member stationSMRTV
National selection events
Participation summary
Appearances10 (2 finals)
First appearance2008
Best result19th: 2019
Worst resultLast: 2008 SF, 2017 SF
External links
San Marino's page at
Song contest current event.png For the most recent participation see
San Marino in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019

San Marino has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 10 times, debuting in the 2008 contest, followed by participation from 2011 onward. Having failed to qualify in their first four attempts, San Marino qualified for the Eurovision final for the first time in 2014. Valentina Monetta represented San Marino in 2012, 2013 and 2014, making her the first Sanmarinese singer to participate in three consecutive contests, her most recent representation in 2017 together with Jimmie Wilson, gave her the title of the woman with the most participations ever in the Eurovision Song Contest. In 2019, Serhat managed to qualify, marking the second appearance of the country in a Eurovision final.


2008 debut[edit]

In June 2007, Radiotelevisione della Repubblica di San Marino (SMRTV), the Sammarinese public service broadcaster, indicated interest in joining the contest in the near future, all depending on the interest of the stockholders, especially Italian broadcaster RAI, which had withdrawn from the Contest in 1997. Five months later, the broadcaster confirmed their participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 in Belgrade.[1]

The first Sammarinese entry in the Eurovision Song Contest was Miodio, with the Italian language song "Complice". San Marino holds the honour of being the 50th country to participate at Eurovision, participating 5th in the first semi-final of the contest. However, Miodio failed to qualify for the final, receiving just 5 points in total and coming last. Despite this, the winner of the 2008 contest, Dima Bilan, concluded his "Winner's Tour" in San Marino. SMRTV broadcast the full event.



SMRTV had originally planned to compete at the 2009 contest in Moscow, Russia; the Sammarinese Minister of Culture announced shortly after the 2008 contest that they "have good hopes to return". SMRTV announced that it would be reviewing the 2008 contest, and would have a decision on 2009 participation by the end of the year,[2][3] it was then rumoured that the country would not be participating in the 2009 contest, following rumours that SMRTV would withdraw due to poor results at the 2008 contest,[4] however SMRTV rebuked the claim and confirmed its interest in the 2009 contest.[5] In the end, SMRTV announced its withdrawal from the 2009 contest, having already applied to enter; the broadcaster insisted that this was not due to the poor results of the previous year, but financial difficulties faced by SMRTV.[6]


San Marino did not return for the Eurovision Song Contest 2010, again stating financial reasons preventing participation;[7] the broadcaster announced that it hoped to return to the competition in the future and discussed possible participation in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.[8]



SMRTV made an application to participate in the 2011 contest, which was later confirmed, it was the second participation in the ESC for San Marino.[9] The singer Senit was announced as the Sammarinese entry at the Eurovision Song Contest 2011, which was held in Düsseldorf, Germany,[10] she sang "Stand By", performed in English. As in 2008, SMRTV broadcast the full event. For the second time, San Marino failed to qualify for the final, coming sixteenth out of nineteen countries, with 34 points.


On 17 January, it was confirmed by the EBU that San Marino will be participating in the 2012 edition. SMRTV confirmed on 14 March, that Valentina Monetta would represent San Marino in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in May,[11][12] she was internally selected by SMRTV. "Facebook Uh, Oh, Oh" was presented as the Sanmarinese entry. However, it was announced that the song's lyric breached rule 1.2.2.g of the competition (prohibiting "commercial messages of any kind"),[13] which resulted in the lyric being disqualified. The lyric and the title of the song were changed shortly afterwards to The Social Network Song (Oh Oh - Uh - Oh Oh).[14] Monetta performed the song during the first semi-final, but failed to advance to the final. Together with Montenegro, the song was expected to finish either last or second to last, but after the full results were revealed after the final on 26 May, it was revealed that the song ended in 14th place with 31 points, making the entry San Marino's best placing in Eurovision compared to previous years.[15]


San Marino confirmed in November 2012 that they would participate in the 2013 contest. Artist Lys Assia had been rumoured to represent the country with her song "All in your head" which failed to make the national final of Switzerland, but this was later denied.[16] Instead, at a press conference in January 2013, Valentina Monetta was revealed as the choice to represent San Marino at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2013, she performed the song "Crisalide (Vola)" in the second semi-final on 16 May in Malmö.[17] For the fourth time, San Marino failed to qualify for the final, despite being, unlike previous year, a fans' favourite (2nd place for OGAE). However, Monetta scored the best result for San Marino; 11th place in the semi-final with 47 points.


On 19 June 2013, SMRTV San Marino confirmed they had signed a pre-agreement with Valentina Monetta to represent San Marino at the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 for the third time;[18] this made Monetta the fourth singer to represent a country in three consecutive Eurovisions after Lys Assia for Switzerland and Corry Brokken for the Netherlands, both in the years 1956, 1957 and 1958 and Udo Jürgens for Austria in 1964, 1965 and 1966. She qualified from the first semi-final took the 10th place with 40 points with the song Maybe (Forse), just one point ahead of Portugal. In the Grand Final Monetta performed as number 25 and placed 24th with 14 points.


On 11 October 2014, SMRTV revealed San Marino would participate in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest; the broadcaster announced in late October 2014 that the Sammarinese entry would be selected via an internal selection. On 27 November 2014, SMRTV revealed that Michele Perniola and Anita Simoncini would represent San Marino at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest during a press conference, they performed the song "Chain of Lights" in the second semi final but failed to qualify to the final. They came 16th out of 17 songs in their semi-final, only beating Switzerland.


On 12 January 2016 SMRTV announced that Serhat would represent San Marino at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest with the song I Didn't Know. San Marino performed 8th in the first semi final on 10 May. Serhat failed to qualify for the final coming 12th place out of 18 countries collecting 68 points (36 points less than 11th place).


On 12 March 2017 SMRTV revealed that Valentina Monetta would represent San Marino for a fourth time, along with American singer Jimmie Wilson with the song "Spirit of the Night", they performed 10th in the second semi-final on 11 May, however they failed to qualify from the semi-final coming last, receiving just 1 point from the televoting, marking San Marino's worst result so far.

Shortly after the second semi-final took place and San Marino failed to qualify, SMRTV Director General Carlo Romeo hinted that San Marino may not consider participating next year, stating that the country is too small for the event and that there is no place for micro-states in the Eurovision Song Contest.[19]


On 17 October 2017 SMRTV confirmed their participation in the 2018 edition through a press conference in Rome, Italy. SMRTV revealed that they will be collaborating with the London based company 1in360 to select the Sammarinese entry. Jessika Muscat won with her song: "Who We Are" which also featured Jenifer Brening; the song was performed 4th in the 2nd 2018 semi final and failed to qualify for the final. Despite failing to qualify the country got its first ever twelve points by the Maltese televote.


In January 2019, it was confirmed that Serhat would represent San Marino for the second time; the song, "Say Na Na Na," was revealed in March. San Marino performed seventeenth in the first semi-final in Tel Aviv, Israel, the first time they ever closed a semi-final. At the end of the night, it was revealed that San Marino had qualified for the final, marking their second qualification since debuting at the contest, they performed in the seventh place of the grand final and came their best result; 19th place.


On the 20th of May 2019 it was officially confirmed already that San Marino will return again to participate in Eurovision Song Contest 2020 to be held in the Netherlands.


Table key
  Second place
  Third place
  Last place
Year Artist Language Title Final Points Semi Points
2008 Miodio Italian "Complice" Failed to qualify 19 5
Did not participate between 2009 and 2010
2011 Senit English "Stand By" Failed to qualify 16 34
2012 Valentina Monetta English "The Social Network Song" 14 31
2013 Italian "Crisalide (Vola)" 11 47
2014 English "Maybe" 24 14 10 40
2015 Michele Perniola & Anita Simoncini English "Chain of Lights" Failed to qualify 16 11
2016 Serhat English "I Didn't Know" 12 68
2017 Valentina Monetta & Jimmie Wilson English "Spirit of the Night" 18 1
2018 Jessika feat. Jenifer Brening English "Who We Are" 17 28
2019 Serhat English "Say Na Na Na" 19 77 8 150

Voting history[edit]

As of 2018, San Marino's voting history is as follows:

Commentators and spokespersons[edit]

Year(s) Commentator(s) Spokesperson
2008 Lia Fiorio and Gigi Restivo Roberto Moretti
2009 No Broadcast San Marino did not participate
2011 Lia Fiorio and Gigi Restivo Nicola Della Valle
2012 Monica Fabbri
2013 John Kennedy O'Connor
2014 Lia Fiorio and Gigi Restivo, John Kennedy O'Connor & Jamarie Milkovic Michele Perniola
2015 Lia Fiorio and Gigi Restivo, John Kennedy O'Connor Valentina Monetta
2016 Irol MC
2017 Lia Fiorio and Gigi Restivo
2018 Lia Fiorio and Gigi Restivo John Kennedy O'Connor
2019 Monica Fabbri

In 2014 San Marino RTV also provided an English commentary in its internet streaming, with John Kennedy O'Connor and Jamarie Milkovic directly from Copenhagen.


See also[edit]



  1. ^ Hondal, Víctor (21 November 2007). "Exclusive: San Marino in Belgrade confirmed". ESCToday. Retrieved 21 November 2007.
  2. ^ Floras, Stella (10 June 2008). "San Marino: "We have good hopes to return"". ESCToday. Retrieved 18 December 2008.
  3. ^ "San Marino: State television hopes to participate in 2009 as well". Oikotimes. 10 June 2008. Archived from the original on 3 January 2010. Retrieved 18 December 2008.
  4. ^ Konstantopoulos, Fotis (27 November 2008). "San Marino & Monaco out?". Oikotimes. Retrieved 18 December 2008.
  5. ^ Viniker, Barry (2008-12-0). "San Marino not quitting after poor start". ESCToday. Retrieved 2008-12-18. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  6. ^ Viniker, Barry (18 December 2008). "San Marino leaves Eurovision Song Contest". ESCToday. Retrieved 18 December 2008.
  7. ^ Floras, Stella (15 December 2009). "No San Marino either for Eurovision 2010". ESCToday. Retrieved 4 August 2010.
  8. ^ Konstantopoulos, Fotis (21 August 2009). "SMRTV not yet decided on ESC or JESC". Oikotimes. Archived from the original on 3 January 2010. Retrieved 21 August 2009.
  9. ^ Hondal, Victor (22 December 2010). "San Marino will participate in Düsseldorf 2011". Retrieved 24 December 2010.
  10. ^ Costa, Nelson (3 February 2011). "Senit to represent San Marino in Dusseldorf". Retrieved 3 February 2011.[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ "Valentina Monetta rappresenterà San Marino a Baku 2012". San Marino RTV (in Italian). Retrieved 14 March 2012.
  12. ^ Roxburgh, Gordon. "Valentina Monetta to represent San Marino". EBU. Retrieved 14 March 2012.
  13. ^ "2013 Eurovision Song Contest Rules" (PDF). European Broadcasting Union. p. 3. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 March 2013. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
  14. ^ Siim, Jarmo. "EBU: San Marino song lyric in breach of Rules". EBU. Retrieved 18 March 2012.
  15. ^ Eurovision Song Contest 2012 Semi-Final
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  18. ^ Valentina Monetta to represent San Marino in 2014.
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