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San Marino’s 2016 Eurovision Entry

April 15, 2016

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If Italy were drafting any sinister scheme to annex San Marino, then May of this year would be a good time to implement it, seeing as most of San Marino’s population will be on stage in Stockholm.

Sometimes, in fact, it seems as though the scale of the Eurovision entry is in direct inverse proportion to the size of the country.   One thing is clear however.  If you are proud citizen of San Marino you will, at some point in your life, represent your nation at Eurovision.

Based on this performance video though, you might want to give this year a miss.  Because the spectacle of a creepy looking older man being caressed by much much younger looking leggy dancers has rarely proved a winning Eurovision formula.  And believe me, it’s been tried on a number of occasions.

(e.g. Montenegro last year

Let’s just say that this guy makes a middle-aged Serge Gainsbourg look like a fresh-faced sexual innocent.


Our singer’s name is Serhat and (apropos of nothing) he originally trained as a dentist in Istanbul.  Now this performance may look like the creepiest thing you’ve seen since those two old guys from the Macarena video.  And that’s because it is.

In the context of this performance, the repeated chorus

I didn’t know
I didn’t know
I didn’t know

feels like it’s the beginning of sentence  that concludes  with “… how old she was M’Lud.”

This sentence is not a defence is law, and usually (and rightly) results in a different kind of sentence.

Meanwhile, here’s the Netherlands…

And Croatia

And Hungary

And Moldova

And Greece

Greece’s 2016 Eurovision Entry

And Finland

Finland’s 2016 Eurovision Entry

Here’s Austria by the way…

Austria’s 2016 Eurovision Entry

Here’s Armenia

Armenia’s 2016 Eurovision Entry




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