San Marino has chosen a Eurovision artist, and it’s a familiar, tattooed face.
Tonight, during the final round of Una Voce per San Marino, the nine remaining Emerging Artists joined the nine previously announced Established Artists in a friendly throw down between David and Goliath. Would any of these scrappy newcomers have what it takes to beat out the bigger names?
In this case, the answer was no. But they put up a good fight, with Emerging Artist section winner Aaron Sibley placing 3rd overall with his song “Pressure”. The top two finishers of the night were both from the Established Artist category. The 2nd place act was Burak Yeter ft. Alessandro Coli with the song “More Than You”. And the winner of Una Voce per San Marino, and the act that will represent the country at Eurovision is … Achille Lauro! He will be competing in Turin with the glam rock anthem “Stripper”. You can watch his winner’s reprise below:
The night, hosted by two-time Eurovision competitor Senhit and Italian TV personality Jonathan Kashanian, was full of guests and surprise moments. Senhit performed an ABBA medley at one point in the night, and Italian music legend Al Bano took the stage several times to entertain the audience. (Al Bano competed for Italy at Eurovision twice, in 1976 and 1985.) Near the end of the show, Sanmarinese Eurovision legend Valentina Monetta joined Senhit on stage for a duet performance of their former contest entries.
This wraps up the week-long national final marathon that was Una Voce per San Marino, a new selection process created by the broadcaster this year. Time will tell if Achille can get San Marino its best ever contest result, but, according to San Marino’s Secretary of State, this format will be returning next year!
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