PRESS RELEASE / SAN MARINO – In autumn 2015 the new rules of the Eurovision Song Contest have been released. In contrast to the other nations, the rules stated that San Marino has the faculty to only assign 58 points out of 116 as the televote is technically impossible in San Marino. San Marino RTV immediately protested against the lack of prior information of this relevant change. During the ESC 2016, the San Marino televote was formed by a combined result of some countries, yet unveiled, that were added to the points assigned by the jurors in San Marino.
Recently, San Marino RTV forwarded a complete proposal to establish a panel with the function of televote in the Republic of San Marino to the EBU. The proposed solution expects the San Marino televote to be simulated by a sample of San Marino RTV viewers. Their vote would be added to the jury one in order to form the San Marino vote at the next Eurovision Song Contest.
The panel would be composed by a sample of TV viewers chosen among the people living in the territory of the Republic of San Marino, may they be citizens, residents or people with residency permit only. This choice is necessary to simulate the composition of a national TV audience. The panel will be chosen by an external specialized company and its composition will be unknown to San Marino RTV. The members of the panel would have as much time to vote as the other European viewers.
The model which has inspired the proposed solution was successfully adopted in the Festival di Sanremo since 2013. ‘It is statistically proved that the results of this model perfectly simulates the televoting slope’ states Eddy Anselmi, historian and Festival di Sanremo expert. ‘If the members of the panel were selected to reflect the viewers, the outcome of their vote would probably be similar to an hypotetical real televote and therefore it would be representative of the tastes of the Sammarinese’.
San Marino RTV Director General Mr. Carlo Romeo is happy with the proposal. ‘It is a very balanced solution which has few or no counter-indications. We hope for a positive answer from the governing body of the contest. The Republic of San Marino deserves the same rights the other participating countries have’.