Over 200 submissions have been made into the Emerging Artists category for this year’s Sammarinese selection process, and the names of the first 4 jurors have been revealed.
In an article on their website, San Marino RTV, the Sammarinese broadcaster has revealed that over 200 submissions have been entered for Una Voce Per San Marino’s ‘Emerging Artists category, which had no restrictions on artist nationality or song language.
According to their article, the most represented nations were Germany, Russia, and Sweden. Some artists from Australia and the United States have also thrown their hats into the ring, along with ‘various European talents’.
Along with these submissions, the names of the first 4 jurors for this category have been announced. Roberta Faccani , Emilio Munda , Roberto Costa and Steve Lyon will be responsible for deciding the 9 finalists.
Roberta Faccani is an Italian singer who has performed in several musical theatre productions including Rent, Pinocchio, Alice In Wonderland and Zerovskij. She was also the lead singer of the band Matia Bazar, who placed 3rd in the Group section of the 2005 Sanremo Music Festival.
Emilio Munda is an Italian songwriter, composer and producer who has written songs for many famous Italian artists, including Eurovision alumni Nina Zilli and Il Volo. He has made the podium at the Sanremo Festival on two separate occasions.
Roberto Costa is an Italian bassist, sound engineer and producer. He has worked for several famous Italian artists including Luca Barbarossa who represented Italy at the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest.
Steve Lyon is a British sound engineer and producer who has worked with many international acts, such as Depeche Mode The Cure and Sir Paul McCartney. He has also worked with several Italian acts such as Laura Pausini and Marco Guazzone, who have both entered the Sanremo festival on different occasions.
This is the second time that San Marino will hold a national selection and the first time that they will use “Una Voce per San Marino”. It will be held between December 2021 and February 2022 and all competing artists will initially be divided into two categories; Emerging and Big. The Emerging artists will be invited to attend an academy in the Teatro Titano in San Marino City from December 13 to 19 2021 and from January 5 to 11 2022. The academy will act as preliminary castings. In February 2022, a series of semi-finals and a final will decide the nine acts that will move on to the Grand Final. The emerging artists classified in the top 3 will receive cash prizes of €1000, €2000 and €7000 respectively.
The Grand Final will take place on February 19 2022 in the Teatro Nuovo in Dogana. A total of 18 artists will participate in the final; nine Emerging artists and nine Big artists, who will be directly invited by Media Evolution Srl. A jury will decide the winner and also second and third place.
San Marino has only held a national selection to determine its entry for the Eurovision Song Contest once before. In 2018 1in360 was used to select both the nation’s representative and song for the competition. It was open to singers from across the globe and culminated in a live final from Bratislava, Slovakia.
Source: SMTV (In Italian) // Image Source: Andres Putting
San Marino in the Eurovision Song Contest
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.