San Marino (RTV) has made a formal protest against the EBU relating to issues suffered during last night’s jury show.
During last nights jury show, San Marino suffered technical difficulties, which put the safety of the country’s representatives at risk. The turntable on which the singer starts her performance on did not stop, meaning that Senhit and her dancers had to jump off the moving platform.
A press release from San Marino RTV states:
Last night, in the rehearsal of the Eurovision Final on the basis of which the national juries issued their verdict, during the performance of the team representing San Marino, a very serious event occurred and
seriously endangered physical security of Senhit and the dancers who, together with the well-known American rapper FloRida, accompanied her on stage.
The rotating platform on which the artists were performing was not stopped by the attendant at the scheduled time, forcing them to jump to the ground from the platform moving at high speed. Since the platform itself is in fact a some meters long metal plate which rapidly rotates, raised a few tens of centimeters from the ground, getting off it while it is in motion involves intuitive risks, including the possibility of coming, once on the ground, hit and dragged by the moving platform.
Obviously, which is, of course, less important than the risk taken by the artists but still relevant, considering the importance of the exhibition, the same was heavily penalized by the incident, both for the impossibility
for the artists to perform the planned choreographies and for the loss of concentration that it inevitably entailed. Among other things, the rotating platform had also been started late, with the consequence that
all the expected shots were distorted (in other words, when the face should have been framed, it turned out to be the back, etc.).
Despite this Senhit, FloRida and the dancers have fully honored the quote “the show must go on”, completing as they could a performance that was still appreciated by the public (it is not known how much
by the national juries, who still voted without being informed of the incident).
Given the seriousness of what happened, the production of the artists and the TV of the Republic of San Marino offered them the possibility to withdraw the team from the competition, obviously considering their
physical safety more important than the competition itself, but out of respect for the public the artists have declined this offer, also due to the availability, granted late at night by the organization, recognizing the
mistake, to allow a trusted technician of the team to work alongside the host broadcaster employee during the remaining performances, as indeed the participating broadcaster and the creative director had
repeatedly and in vain requested in the months preceding the event”
This year Senhit will represent San Marino at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 with the song “Adrenalina”, alongside American rapper Flo Rida.
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.