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ESC Reporter | January 20, 2018

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San Marino wants you to get to know their artists!

San Marino wants you to get to know their artists!
Emma Kiernan

San Marino will be represented by Michele Perniola and Anita Simoncini at Eurovision 2015 with the song “Chain of Lights”. San Marino’s broadcaster RTV is calling for fans to send in their questions for Michele and Anita.

The questions will be answered on a special show on March 20 called Serrenissmia – The smallest and youngest at Eurovision. Anyone interested is asked to record a video question in the highest possible quality and send it to before 12.00 CET on March 20.

Michele and Anita will answer the questions live on Serrenissmia at 21.00 CET on RTV.

The performers

Michele Perniola

Sixteen-year-old Michele is Italian. He attended a ballet school at age 9 where he also took singing lessons. In 2012, Michele rose to fame by taking part in Italian show “Ti lascio una canzone” where he was dubbed “The Italian Michael Jackson”. Michele represented San Marino at Junior Eurovision 2013.

Michele says: “I really feel privileged to represent the Republic of San Marino in the most extraordinary event in Europe. I’m only 16 and only 18 months have passed since I had my debut in Europe in the Junior Eurovision, thanks to San Marino RTV. This is the reason why the Republic of San Marino has become my second homeland and I’ll give my best to honour this amazing country.”


Anita Simoncini

Fifteen-year-old Anita was born in San Marino. Anita began singing in a choir at age 7. Anita was part of the group The Peppermints, who represented San Marino at Junior Eurovision 2014. Besides singing, Anita love reading writing and ballet. She also loves animals and is a vegetarian. She will turn sixteen in April, just in time to represent her country in Vienna.

Anita says: ”I wish our lights will illuminate the darkness of souls and minds, restoring faith and hope in Europe and the rest of the world. What we really need to understand is that we are able to shape the future at our own discretion and we have to do it remembering the importance of harmony and mutual respect, no matter where we come from”

The songwriters

Ralph Siegel and John O’Flynn

German songwriters Ralph Siegel and John O’Flynn (Bernd Meinunger) have written many Eurovision songs, for many different countries together. In 1982, they won the contest for Germany with Nicole and the song “Ein Bisschin Freiden”. More recently, Ralph has worked on all three of Valentina Monetta’s entries for San Marino.

Ralph says: “It is more than a great honour to represent San Marino for the fourth time in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 in Vienna – with the remarkable youngest Duet in ESC History – Anita Simoncini & Michele Perniola – together 32 years old.”


Listen to San Marino’s song below.


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