San Marino – Broadcaster SMRTV has announced today that they have chosen the Turkish born singer Serhat will be the artist to represent the country in Stockholm. So rumors were true and San Marino is a new microstate outsourcing!
The rumor we revealed here three days ago was therefore true, that the artist will not be from San Marino but from elsewhere in the world, possibly from the absent Turkey. Microstates have often used this method in the contest, though there has been a tendency to go for “cultural close” countries (Monaco or Luxembourg sending a lot of French artists, Andorra Spanish ones…) but we have had some weirdness (a Danish girl for Andorra, many Canadians…) San Marino has often sent someone from Italy and the region close to San Marino; however, for the past four years their entry was written and composed by the german Ralph Siegel. As Turkey decided not to return to the contest, this is an interesting twist for esc fans… especially with Azerbaijan still participating, not to mention the big Turkish diasporas in Germany, Austria or other European countries, like in the Balkan.
Apparently, if we read between the lines of the article on the official Eurovision site, it is indeed a factor that counted in chosing the country’s fifth ever participant to the contest. Indeed, San Marino in its search for an entry, was contacted by producers and other companies and the fact that “a European production company highlighted an artist that last autumn was having breaking success in the German and British DJ and Dance charts [which] escalated the singer to the first position in Germany, and to second in the United Kingdom” mattered a lot in picking Serhat.
As for Serhat, you can read more on the official Eurovision site, but we can highlight that he had big European success in 1987 with Total Disguise which was sung in a duett with Viktor Lazlo (Eurovision 1987 host):
After this song lead to his fame in Germany, Belgium, France and Greece, he continued his work in Europe, mostly France and Germany. He reached international fame in 2013 with the big hit Je M’Adore:
SMRTV has announced that the decision was in the end made because of the actual song proposed for the contest, which is produced by 23 Music. What do you think of this pick? How high are your expectations on the song? Can San Marino return to the final like in 2014?