Senhit has filmed her live on tape (backup) Eurovision 2021 performance for San Marino in Rome, Italy.
San Marino has filmed their backup live on tape performance for the Eurovision Song Contest 2021. Senhit filmed “Adrenalina” at the Voxon Studios in the Italian capital yesterday, accompanied by the San Marinese delegation. The delegation released a short video and a number of pictures from the recording, which will be used in the event Senhit cannot travel to Rotterdam in May.
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To date the following countries have publicly confirmed that their backup performance has been filmed:
- Austria – Vienna, Austria
- Belgium – Brussels, Belgium
- Czech Republic – Czech Republic, Brno
- Denmark – Copenhagen, Denmark
- Estonia – Tallinn, Estonia
- France – Paris, France
- Germany – Vilnius, Lithuania
- Lithuania – Vilnius, Lithuania
- North Macedonia – Belgrade, Serbia
- Norway – Oslo, Norway
- Portugal – Lisbon, Portugal
- Serbia – Belgrade, Serbia
- Spain – Madrid, Spain
- Sweden – Stockholm, Sweden
- Switzerland – Zurich, Switzerland
This year all 40 acts will need to film a backup performance as part of the many contingency measures the EBU has put in place to ensure the song contest can happen in May no matter what.
Each act can rehearse for as long as they wish for their backup tape performance. However, only three attempts over the course of one hour are given for the filming of the performance which is monitored by the EBU. The participating country can choose which is the three performances is to be used.
Video recordings from all cameras, as well as all audio recordings from mics, are sent immediately to the EBU so that they cannot be tampered with. Each act is filmed as if this was a live show, meaning the performance is one continuous take. The EBU has explained that the backup performance does not need to resemble the live performance in May. All backup performances must be filmed by the 25th of March.
Who is Senhit?
Senhit is no stranger to the Eurovision Song Contest, having represented San Marino at the 2011 edition in Düsseldorf, Germany, with her song “Stand By”.
Last year, Senhit was selected to once again represent San Marino at the Eurovision Song Contest, before its cancellation. Two songs were in contention, “Obsessed” and “Freaky!”, with the latter being selected by an online public vote.
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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”, 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 nation’s 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.