The team that will be joining Serhat on stage at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 have been revealed.
Serhat who will be representing San Marino for a second time at the Eurovision Song Contest, has revealed the team that will be joining him on stage in Tel Aviv. The team is formed of:
- Chantal Hartmann – Previously competed in the Slovenian selection for Eurovision 2004
- Inès Voha
- Sebastián Millepied
- Giulia Wahn
- Johan D. Seil – Backing singer for Russia in 2016 and Azerbaijan 2017
Rehearsals for Tel Aviv began over the weekend, with Creative Director Nick Marianos travelling to Germany for the occassion. Nick has previous experience at the Eurovision Song Contest. In 2009 he was one of the backing dancers for Sakis Rouvas in Moscow. He has since gone to choregraph numerous performances by Greek artists including Shaya, Eleftheria Eleftheriou and Sakis Rouvas.
Who is Serhat?
Serhat has previously represented San Marino in 2016 in Stockholm with the song “I Didn’t Know” which did not qualify for the final after finishing in 12th place in the first semi final. Despite not qualifying however, it was San Marino’s third highest placing in their history at the contest.
Serhat has become the second artist to represent San Marino on multiple occasions, following Valentina Monetta who competed three times from 2012 to 2014 and then once more in 2017 with Jimmie Wilson.
In his previous attempt in 2016, listening to fans on social media, Serhat decided to perform the disco version of his entry “I Didn’t Know” despite originally releasing a slower version of the song.
Source: Nick Marianos
San Marino debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2008 alongside Azerbaijan. On their debut they were represented by Miodio and the song “Complice”, and 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. The nations worst result came in 2017 when Valentina Monetta represented San Marino for the fourth time alongside Jimmie Wilson with “Spirit of the Night.” The pair finished last in their semi-final with just 1 point.