Eurovision’s smallest competing nation has revealed the 66 acts who have qualified to the emerging artists section of their selection for Eurovision 2022.
The 66 chosen acts participated in an audition process behind closed doors to Sanmarinese music and media professionals. They represent 11 countries, including those from San Marino itself.
The qualified acts are:
- Aaron Sibley (United Kingdom 🇬🇧)
- Alessandra Simone (Italy 🇮🇹)
- Alessia Labate (Italy 🇮🇹)
- Alibi (San Marino 🇸🇲)
- Alice Burani (Italy 🇮🇹)
- Allerija (Italy 🇮🇹)
- Anna Faragò (Italy 🇮🇹)
- ASHLEY (Italy 🇮🇹)
- Brenda (Italy 🇮🇹)
- Camille Cabaltera (Italy 🇮🇹)
- Corinna Parodi (Italy 🇮🇹)
- Daniel Mincone (Italy 🇮🇹)
- Daniela Pisciotta (Italy 🇮🇹)
- Davide Rossi (Italy 🇮🇹)
- Diego Federico (Austria 🇦🇹)
- Elena & Francesco Faggi (Italy 🇮🇹)
- Elisa Del Prete (Italy 🇮🇹)
- Elisa Mazza (San Marino 🇸🇲)
- Eliska Mrázová (Czech Republic 🇨🇿)
- Ellynora (Italy 🇮🇹)
- Florent Amare (France 🇫🇷)
- Frio (Italy 🇮🇹)
- Garon x Duan (San Marino 🇸🇲)
- Giada Pintori (San Marino 🇸🇲)
- Giada Varaschin (Italy 🇮🇹)
- Ginevra Bencivenga (San Marino 🇸🇲)
- Giorgio Borghes Aka Claudia F (United Kingdom 🇬🇧)
- Gisele Abramoff (Brazil 🇧🇷)
- Giulia Vitri (San Marino 🇸🇲)
- I Koko (Italy 🇮🇹)
- Jessica Anne Condon (United Kingdom 🇬🇧)
- João Paulo & Miguel (Portugal 🇵🇹)
- Joe Romano & TheStolenClipper (Italy 🇮🇹)
- Katrin Roselli (Italy 🇮🇹)
- Kimberly Genil (Italy 🇮🇹)
- Kumi Watanabe (Italy 🇮🇹)
- Kurt Cassar (Malta 🇲🇹)
- Le Bebae (Italy 🇮🇹)
- Leonardo Frezzotti (Italy 🇮🇹)
- Lorenza Rocchiccioli (Italy 🇮🇹)
- Luca Cima (Italy 🇮🇹)
- Luca Veneri (Italy 🇮🇹)
- Luci Blu (Italy 🇮🇹)
- Mad (Italy 🇮🇹)
- Marco Saltari (Italy 🇮🇹)
- Maria Chiara Leoni (Italy 🇮🇹)
- Martina Gaetano (Italy 🇮🇹)
- Mate (Italy 🇮🇹)
- Matilde Montanari (Italy 🇮🇹)
- Matteo Giannaccini Gravante (Italy 🇮🇹)
- Muriel (Italy 🇮🇹)
- Nada e Sissi (Italy 🇮🇹)
- OnlySara (Italy 🇮🇹)
- Operapop (Italy 🇮🇹)
- OXA (Clayton) Sia (Germany 🇩🇪)
- Raimondo Cataldo (Italy 🇮🇹)
- Riccardo Foresi (Italy 🇮🇹)
- Riccardo Guglielmi (Italy 🇮🇹)
- Sebastian Schmidt (Germany 🇩🇪)
- Snei Ap (Italy 🇮🇹)
- Thomas Grazioso (Italy 🇮🇹)
- Tothem (Italy 🇮🇹)
- Valentina Tioli (Italy 🇮🇹)
- Vanja Vatle (Norway 🇳🇴)
- Veronica Liberati (Italy 🇮🇹)
- Vina Rose (Italy 🇮🇹)
The 66 acts will be joined in the competition by 9 established acts, who will be revealed on Thursday 20th January.
Who Might You Recognise?
Two names on the list may stand out to Eurovisions fans. Eliska Mrázová participated in this year’s ESCZ selection with Imma Be, finishing in 2nd place behind We Are Domi. She previously competed in ESCZ 2020 alongside Čis T with Wanna Be Like.
Elena Faggi may also be a familiar face, having participated in the Nuove Proposte section of Sanremo 2021 with Che Ne So.
About Una Voce Per San Marino
San Marino has revolutionised their selection format this year with new national final Una Voce Per San Marino. The week-long event will take place between 13th and 19th of February, including semi-finals, a second chance round and a grand final at its culmination!
The schedule for the week includes:
- Sunday 13 February: Semi-Final 1 – Emerging Artists
- Monday 14 February: Semi-Final 2 – Emerging Artists
- Tuesday 15 February: Semi-Final 3 – Emerging Artists
- Wednesday 16 February:Semi-Final 4 – Sammarinese Artists
- Thursday 17 February: Second Chance
- Friday 18 February: Emerging Artists Final
- Saturday 19 February: Grand Final
Semi-Finals 1, 2 and 3 will feature 20 emerging artists per show (a total of 60) taken from international submissions to the contest; the top 3 acts of each Semi-Final will advance to the Emerging Artists Final. Semi-Final 4 will feature Sanmarinese artists only.
The Second Chance round will see the 15 acts that finished in positions 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th across the first 3 Semi-Finals battle it out once more for one of 4 spots in the Emerging Artists Final.
The 66 emerging artists will be whittled down to 9. These 9 will then compete in the Grand Final against the 9 established artists for the chance to compete for San Marino at Eurovision in Turin. The top 3 acts in the Grand Final will also receive cash prizes.
The qualifying rounds will be judged by a panel of 7 music and media professionals. 5 will judge the Grand Final.
San Marino at Eurovision
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”. At her performance in Rotterdam, she was joined by American rapper Flo Rida, where San Marino qualified for the Grand Final for a second time in a row. Overall, San Marino placed 22nd, receiving 50 points from the Jury and Televoters.
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News Source: SMRTV
Photo Source: EBU/Andres Putting