The Director General of San Marino RTV has questioned whether San Marino will continue to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest.
Dr Carlo Romeo the Director General of San Marino RTV has stated to ESC United that after failing to make the final last night, he is questioning whether San Marino will continue to participate. According to Mr Romeo,
There is no place for micro-states in the Eurovision Song Contest
San Marino were represented by Valentina Monetta and Jimmie Wilson at the the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, Ukraine. For a third year running San Marino has failed to reach the final, meaning 2014 remains the only year that the small nation has made the final.
Over the past 15 years three micro states have participated in the Eurovision Song Contest, with San Marino the only nation still in the contest. Between 2004 and 2006 Monaco participated in the contest, however participation was funded by the Government directly and not the television station. While Andorra competed between 2004 and 2009 before withdrawing due to the cost of participation and failure to qualify for the final.
Mr Romeo has made comments suggesting that San Marino may withdraw from the contest in the past including after last years contest in Stockholm, Sweden. To date the following countries have either confirmed their participation or expressed an interest in competing in 2018:
Source: ESC United
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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”, they finished last in their semi final with just 5 points. San Marino withdrew from the contest before returning again in 2011. Since then the country has participated annually and in 2014 qualified for their first final. Valentina Monetta represented San Marino for a third consecutive year in 2014, at the contest in Copenhagen she performed “Maybe” and went on to finish 24th in the final scoring 14 points.