Bologna, 21 March 2021
Every since the release of San Marino’s high altitude bop “Adrenalina”, questions have arisen towards the staging. Will Flo Rida (stage name of Tramar Lacel Dillard), accompany Senhit on the Eurovision stage?
The American rapper, known for world-wide hits such as “Whistle” and “Low” is featured prominently in the song, taking care of the song’s bridge portion, despite being uncredited.
Senhit, the Italian singer representing San Marino this year, has now revealed her plans concerning Flo Rida’s possible presence on the stage in Rotterdam. In discussions with the website EurovisionPlanet, she has said the following:
If circumstances allow it, of course, Flo Rida will be on the Eurovision stage. I have invited him. He heard the song, loved it, and wanted to participate, so I invited him to come to Eurovision in San Marino.
If the situation does not improve, then we have other plans for action. The important thing is that the song, with or without Flo Rida, encourages you to move, dance, and release your adrenaline. You are my adrenaline.
Here she’s refering to the current pandemic situation, as well as the travel protocols set to be issued by the European Union, as well as the possible hosting scenario’s. If Flo Rida came over to the Netherlands in person, he would require to be quarantined as well, conform with the EBU’s health protocols.
A few days ago Senhit taped her back-up performance in Italy while Flo Rida was in his hometown of Miami, FL. The back-up performances are supposed to be almost identical to the ones in Rotterdam, save some minor adjustments to camerawork, lighting, costumes, etc. Augmented reality and water effects are banned in the back-up performances, but allowed in the Rotterdam stage show.
However, this news implies that Flo Rida presence isn’t an essential part of Senhit’s staging concept, meaning that he might appear in some capacity that doesn’t require him to travel to Rotterdam in person. (although his presence would be considered a plus.)
Senhit isn’t a stranger to Eurovision, having previously represented the Italian microstate in 2011 with the pop ballad “Stand by“. The song failed to qualify for the finale in Düsseldorf after a disappointing televote result.
Her song for this year, “Adrenalina” was received with overwhelmingly positive acclaim from fans. The Eurodance banger currently sits at 10th-12th with bookmakers, making it one of the dark horses in the contest.
San Marino debuted in 2008 and has since reached the finale twice, first with Valentina Monetta in 2014, then with Serhat in 2019. Serhat is also San Marino’s most successful representative to date, securing 19th place in Tel Aviv with the novelty schlager song “Say na na na“.
San Marino is set to compete in the first half of the second semifinal on 20 May 2021. There they will face competition from Serbia, Moldova and Greece, amongst others.
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