San Marino – We will find out who will represent the microstate of San Marino tonight as RTV announce the two singers that will duet together. The announcement will take place today at 18:00 (CET). SMRTV has already revealed that one artist is San Marinese and one an international singer.
Controversy still surrounds the microstate due to its unhappiness with the EBU’s voting system. As the country is so small (32,000 people) and shares a telephone network woth Italy, it previously was only allowed a jury vote. Last year the EBU made up a ‘fake’ San Marinese public vote using ‘an average result of a representative group of televote results of other countries’ Eurovisionary asked which exact countries were used to make up the result for San Marino. The EBU refused to divulge the ‘representative group’ this saying “The Reference Group have decided not to make this specific list of countries public in order to protect the integrity of the televoting“.
This year the microstate asked for the public to be allowed a vote, via an online poll platform, based on a small but statistically representative number of San Marino viewers as the San Remo festival implements. But the EBU has refused. Director General of SMRTV Carlo Romeo has complained about the discrimination against San Marino as San Marino is only able to determine 58 out of its 116 points.