San Marino has only participated in the Eurovision Song Contest since 2008, making it one of the newer entrants to the competition. Despite this relative lack of experience, the country has had some notable successes in the contest over the years.
San Marino’s debut entry in 2008, “Complice” by Miodio, may not have fared well in terms of the final results, with a last-place finish in the semi-final. However, the song was well-received by some fans and critics, and helped to establish San Marino as a player on the Eurovision stage.
In 2014, San Marino made it to the final with Valentina Monetta‘s “Maybe”, a song composed by the legendary Ralph Siegel. This was a significant achievement for the country, and helped to boost its profile within the Eurovision community.
San Marino’s biggest success to date, however, came in 2019, when Serhat‘s catchy and upbeat “Say Na Na Na” earned the country a place in the Grand Final for only the second time in its history. While the song did not ultimately win the competition, it was a major accomplishment for San Marino and helped to cement its status as a serious contender in the Eurovision Song Contest.
Overall, San Marino’s participation in the Eurovision Song Contest has been marked by ups and downs, but the country has shown a willingness to experiment with different styles and approaches to the contest. With each passing year, it will be interesting to see how San Marino continues to evolve and develop as a Eurovision nation.
San Marino’s dedication to the Eurovision Song Contest is impressive considering their small size and limited resources. It is commendable that they continue to participate and strive for success in the competition. The reliance on foreign composers and the Italian music market is understandable given their situation, and it’s interesting to see the collaboration with Ralph Siegel and the many attempts by Valentina Monetta. who has composed five songs for San Marino in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017. It shows that even with limited resources, San Marino is willing to do what it takes to be a part of the Eurovision family.
It’s unfortunate that some smaller countries have struggled to make an impact in the Eurovision Song Contest, and that some have even had to withdraw due to various reasons. However, it’s important to remember that the competition is meant to bring together a diverse range of cultures and musical styles, and it’s admirable that so many countries, both large and small, continue to participate and share their music with the world. Hopefully in the future, Andorra, Monaco and Luxembourg will come back to the competition or Liechtenstein could have its debut?
That would certainly be an interesting scenario, as Bologna is not far from San Marino and has a rich cultural history of its own. However, it’s worth noting that the hosting city for the Eurovision Song Contest is determined by the winning country, and the host broadcaster and the European Broadcasting Union work together to choose a suitable venue. So even if San Marino were to win the competition, it would ultimately be up to them to decide where the contest would be held.
18th place, Serhat with “Say Na Na Na” (Tel Aviv 2019)
- Debut: 2008
- Participations: 12
- Victories: 0
- Finals: 3
- Chances to reach the final: 25%
- Top 10: 0
- Chances to reach the Top 10: 0%
- Last place: 0
Senit with “Stand By”, Rank 16 (Semi Final) (Düsseldorf 2011)
Valentina Monetta & Jimmie Wilson with “Spirit Of The Night”, Rank 18 (Semi Final) (Kiev 2017)
Jessika feat. Jenifer Brening with “Who We Are”, Rank 17 (Semi Final) (Lisbon 2018)