ⓘ San Marino in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020. San Marino originally planned to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020. On 6 March 2020, The Sammarine ..


ⓘ San Marino in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020

San Marino originally planned to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020. On 6 March 2020, The Sammarinese broadcaster San Marino RTV announced that Senhit had been internally selected to represent San Marino in the 2020 contest in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Senhit represented San Marino back in 2011 under the name Senit but failed to qualify for the final. However, due to 2019-20 pandemic of Coronavirus, the contest was cancelled.


1. Background

Prior to the 2020 contest, San Marino had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest ten times since its first entry in 2008. Their debut entry in 2008, "Complice" performed by Miodio, failed to qualify to the final and placed last in the semi-final it competed in. San Marino subsequently withdrew from the contest in 2009 and 2010, returning in 2011 with Italian singer Senit performing "Stand By", which also failed to take the nation to the final. Between 2012 and 2014, San Marino sent Valentina Monetta to the contest on three consecutive occasions, which made her the first singer to participate in three consecutive contests since Udo Jurgens, who competed in 1964, 1965 and 1966 for Austria. Her entries in 2012 "The Social Network Song" and 2013 "Crisalide Vola") also failed to qualify San Marino to the final. However, in 2014, Monetta managed to bring San Marino to the final for the first time where she placed 24th with the song "Maybe". In 2015, the nation once again failed to qualify to the final with the song "Chain of Lights" performed by Anita Simoncini and Michele Perniola. In 2016, San Marino failed to qualify with "I Didnt Know" sung by Turkish performer Serhat. In 2019 San Marino sent Serhat again with the song "Say Na ", finishing in 19th place with 77 points, giving San Marino its best result to date.

The Sammarinese national broadcaster, San Marino RTV SMRTV, broadcasts the event within San Marino and organises the selection process for the nations entry. SMRTV confirmed San Marinos participation at the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest on 25 May 2019.


2.1. Before Eurovision Artist selection

On 6 March 2020, the Sammarinese broadcaster announced that Senhit was selected internally to represent San Marino in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020. Senhit previously represented San Marino in the 2011 contest, performing the song "Stand By" and failed to qualify for the final receiving 34 points. It was also announced that the song will be chosen by the public in an online contest.

Five songs were shortlisted for Senhit and an international focus group was arranged to rate the songs from demos the artist recorded. Eurovision fan sites were included, as well as former artists, producers and DJs, which included BBC commentator Scott Mills and San Marinos Eurovision host John Kennedy OConnor. The five shortlisted songs were Freaky! Freaky! Freaky! later renamed Freaky!, Cleopatra, High Love, This Love Is Dangerous and Unlove You. Cleopatra was later withdrawn, as the writers opted instead to submit it to Ictimai TV for Azerbaijan. It was replaced by Obsessed. The top two songs were then submitted to a global online vote to decide the winner.


2.2. Before Eurovision Digital Battle Eurovision

An online poll was open for two days from 7 March 2020 until 8 March 2020 in order to select the song Senhit will perform in the 2020 contest. The winning song, "Freaky!" was announced on 9 March 2020.

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