San Marino 2018 🇸🇲 complaints, failure and still the question remains: why do they participate
Fotis Konstantopoulos (Greece)
SAN MARINO 🇸🇲 Alessandro Capicchioni, the Head of Delegation of San Marino is surely a passionate man eager to keep his country in the Eurovision Song Contest. In a contest where it seems that his country is not really wanted (besides its cash). Yesterday we informed you about San Marino complaining over RAI commentators’ describing his country as infamous and accusing San Marino for Italy not winning last year.
Alessandro Capicchioni is trying to protest to the EBU regarding this and not only. Since 2016 he is protesting regarding the treatment his country has in the contest. You are aware that besides the San Marino jury voting, the country delivers an openly fake tele voting approved by EBU in order to keep the balance of the contest? This San Marino hypothetical tele voting is an accumulation of votes by five other countries tele voting. Which are those counties? EBU doesn’t reveal them even to SMRTV!
It is a big question why San Marino, an Italian micro state which could have ruled in the contest by having the Italian language as a weapon, is doing so poorly. For me first the problem is the lack fo budget. Unless you follow the examples of Greece (in the 2004-2009 period) and Cyprus (2018) to invest in big names with international media attention and recruit a team of highly professional marketing people, you are doomed. Alessandro Capicchioni reckons that his country cannot do much. Instead San Marino relied to Valentina Monetta and Ralph Siegel’s money to what end? to just destroy the image and reputation of the country.
You know that during the press conferences of San Marino the joke of the hosts always is that “oh the entire country is here today” which could be funny once but repetition makes it an insult.
It is no secret also that in 2017 Alessandro Capicchioni tried to resolve the issue of the “approved by EBU fake public voting” of his country by submitting a series of proposals which EBU denied. He requested several times in 2017 to have a special meeting with Jon Ola Sand and EBU replied both times “if we have time”. Alessandro you see that all you are needed for is to bring 50,000 Euros to the EBU every year and nothing else. Unless things can change why are you even try it?
The hilarious thing is that even if San Marino one day wins the Eurovision Song Contest, it will be Italy who will host it (and we all know that Italy doesn’t even want to think the idea of hosting Eurovision even if they won it themselves). By the way I wonder if RAI keeps until today 50% of the SMRTV shares…
Personally I have meet Alessandro Capicchioni in several occasions. Tel Aviv party in 2018 was the last time I saw him. I can truly believe in his honesty and love for the contest no matter wherever and if anything is behind his motives. Overall my assumption is that he is treated unfairly because his country doesn’t have blue collar with yellow cross!
This year Maltese and German singers represented San Marino in Lisbon. The song was not bad as everyone said so and the stage presentation with the clever idea of moving robots actually made everyone paying attention and laugh with them. But we all know that they wouldn’t stand a chance of qualifying just because their name was “San Marino”.