San Marino will be represented by two artists at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kyiv, Ukraine with their reveal this week.
The Director General of San Marino RTV has announced to Eurofestival News that two artists will be representing San Marino at Eurovision 2017. The broadcaster will be represented by a duet consisting of an international singer as well as a singer from San Marino. The date of the reveal of these artists has not been announced by the San Marinese broadcaster.
Mr Romeo also confirmed to the website that nothing has taken place with regards to the countries proposal to introduce a new voting method for the country. In the interview he stated that the broadcaster has received no response from the European Broadcasting Union. He added also that the participation fee for the country has doubled over the previous year, the broadcaster will be looking into the matter after the contest in Ukraine.
San Marino’s Debate Over The Voting Method
San Marino’s vote in the competition is currently decided by 50% San Marinese jury and 50% public vote. However, the public vote used is formed by a number of unknown countries televoting results, as San Marino shares its telephone infrastructure with Italy. The Head of Delegation of San Marino stated after the 2016 contest that:
The new system totally discriminates small states as it doesn’t allow them to deliver 100% of their vote. The change in the voting system has been decided without even telling us.
The proposal put forward by San Marino RTV creates a statistically representative sample of viewers from a set number of people living in San Marino. These public ‘panel members’ would be required to watch two of the three Eurovision broadcasts and vote via the web in the same window of voting used by other European television viewers. The vote of this ‘panel’ would join that of the jury to go to form the total vote at the San Marino Eurovision Song Contest.
In case of problems or malfunctions of the simulated remote voting system, the European Broadcasting Union may then resort to an emergency vote putting the current system to use not as a primary option, but as a backup. The European Broadcasting Union and San Marino RTV have not announced any changes to the method of voting for San Marino since the proposal was announced in November.
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San Marino debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2008 alongside Azerbaijan. On their debut they were represented by Miodio and the song “Complice”, when they finished last in their semi final with just 5 points. Following this San Marino withdrew from the contest before returning again in 2011. Since then the country has participated annually and in 2014 qualified for the grand final for the first time, when they were represented by Valentina Monetta for a third consecutive year. Her song “Maybe” went on to finish 24th in the final in Copenhagen with a total of 14 points, and is their highest-scoring entry.