Ahmet Serhat Hacipasalioglu was born in Istanbul in 1964. He studied dentistry but very soon he discovered his passion for singing. Serhat has become a TV celebrity in Turkey, who is hosting several shows. He never gave up singing. He recorded the phenomenal song “Tango Deguise” with the ESC host from 1987 Viktor Lazlo. The following song “My Chocolate Flavor” also become a great success. The big breakthrough Serhat could achieve with his song “Je m’adore” recently which went #1 in the German DJ charts. As a big fan of the Eurovision Song Contest, Serhat has now the honour to represent the smallest ESC country San Marino in Stockholm. Actually, it’s a real pan-European collaboration, as the composer is Turkish: Olcayto Ahmet Tuğsuz and the lyricist is Greek: Nektarios Tyrakis.
The previous version of ”I didn’t Know” was a dreamy love song, a bit kitschy too. All of a sudden the entire ballad concept has been changed to disco close to the end of the deadline. Nevertheless, Serhat’s dark voice is predominating and has a special character in both versions. Due to the fact that the disco version has been chosen now, the backing singers are taking the half of Serhat’s job.
For the well experienced singer Serhat it’s a triumph singing at the ESC – the chance of a lifetime. The stage design and outfit will be arranged by no less than Thierry Mugler – the famous fashion guru. San Marino only made in once into the Grand Final. With this extraordinary entry with deeply romantic lyrics this should be possible again.
Editor in Chief of eurovisionlive.com
About me: Due to the fact that my parents are musicians, I have a gained a great enthusiasm for music. Since 1979 my interest in the Eurovision Song Contest has grown enormously. My first ESC I joined was in Dublin 1995. Six years later I founded the website eurovisionlive.com in the year 2001. The most fascinating part for me is the original idea of the Eurovision Song Contest – the peaceful contest of the European countries. I am very happy that I have the chance to contribute my little part for the greatest music show in the world.