San Marino is trying to find their voice for Eurovision this year, and they’re doing it in a big way. San Marino is the country with the smallest population that is participating in Eurovision, so in order to find big talent for this tiny nation, international artists have been auditioning for a chance to compete.
A mind-boggling 106 artists from around the world will compete across four Semi-Finals and a Repêchage round to earn 22 spots in the Grand Final on Saturday, 25 February. This time around, Big Artists won’t get a pass to the Grand Final, so they’ll have to earn their spots. Details are vague, but parsing out the press release and using last year’s format gives us the following information:
Four Semi-Final rounds will take place from Monday, 20 February through Thursday, 23 February. Three of these Semi-Finals will be full of international artists. Each of these Semi-Finals will have 4 qualifiers that go straight to the Grand Final and have 4 participants relegated to the Repêchage round. The fourth Semi-Final will exclusively feature Sammarinese artists, where 2 will advance and 4 will be relegated. The Repêchage round will then commence on Friday to fill up the remaining spots. Got it? Good!
All four Semi-Finals and the Repêchage round will air on SMRTV at 22:00 CET. The Grand Final will air on Saturday at 21:00 CET.
At the inaugural edition of Una Voce per San Marino, Achille Lauro won the contest with his song, “Stripper“. San Marino competed in the second Semi-Final in Turin, but failed to qualify, scoring 50 points and finishing 14th, ending their two-in-a-row qualification streak.