SMRTV, the broadcaster for San Marino, has revealed the first jurors for their new national final, Una Voce Per San Marino.
Roberta Facciani, Emilio Munda, Roberto Costa and Steve Lyon will play a vital role in selecting which artist will represent Eurovision’s smallest nation at the contest in Turin in 2022. Their backgrounds span musical theatre, pop performance, production and vocal coaching.
About the jurors
Roberta Facciani has experience across music genres. Perhaps best-known as the vocalist for Italian band Matia Bazar between 2005-2010 (with whom she placed 3rd in Sanremo 2005), she also has significant musical theatre experience, performing as Joanne in Rent, Lady Montague in Romeo and Juliet and the Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland. She has her own music school – La fabbrica del cantante-attore – as well as being one of the founders and owners of Bandidos Records.
Emilio Munda is a producer, composer and songwriter, who has written songs for names familiar to many Eurovision fans, including Nina Zilli and Il Volo (for whom he wrote Sanremo 2019’s 3rd place winner, Musica che resta). Outside of these, he has worked with Francesco Renga, Umberto Tozzi, I Nomadi, Michele Bravi, Paolo Meneguzzi and Dear Jack – and many more!
Roberto Costa is a bassist, sound engineer and producer, who has composed music for cinema, theatre and television. He has worked with Lucio Dalla, Stadio, Ivan Graziani, Ron, Luca Carboni, Mina, Gianni Morandi, Luca Barbarossa and Luciano Pavarotti.
Steve Lyon is a sound engineer and producer, who has worked with major names in British and world music, including Depeche Mode, The Cute, Paul McCartney, Siouxsie and the Banshees and Laura Pausini. He has achieved numerous Platinum and Gold Records, as well as two Latin Grammys.
What do we know about Una Voce Per San Marino?
Una Voce Per San Marino is San Marino’s second national final since their debut at the contest, following 1 in 360, held in 2018 and won by Jessika Muskat and Jennifer Brening. This time, they are undertaking an ambitions format, spanning multiple months and culminating in a grand final on 19th February 2022 at the Nuova Dogana Theatre.
Multiple rounds of competition will take place from Casting Calls to Semi-Finals, which would then lead to 9 emerging artists being selected (including the winner in this category) to compete in the Grand Final. Here, they will compete alongside 9 “big” artists with significant performing experience for a chance to represent San Marino at the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest.
San Marino’s Eurovision Journey
As one of the smallest countries in Europe, San Marino made its debut in the competition in 2008 with Miodio and the song “Complice”. Since then they have participated in the competition 11 times (3 of which where they qualified for the Grand Final), and their best result was in 2019, with Serhat and “Say Na Na Na”.
Their recent participation saw them being represented by Senhit (who represented them in 2011, and was set to represent them in 2020), with the song “Adrenalina”. On her performance in Rotterdam, she was joined by American rapper Flo-Rida, where San Marino qualified consecutively qualified for the Grand Final, for a second time. Overall, San Marino placed 22nd Overall, receiving 50 points from the Jury and Televoters.
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News Source: SMRTV
Photo Source: EBU/Andres Putting