In one of the biggest twists of the 2022 Eurovision national final season… Achille Lauro, who had been part of Italy’s Sanremo contest with the song Domenica, will now represent San Marino with a different song… Stripper.
- Simon Lee
- Clarissa Martinelli
- Susanne Georgi
- Dino Stewart
Arguably, when you take into account the size and population of the micronation, Una Voce Per San Marino is one of the most ambitious national finals seen in Eurovision history. A total of 76 acts were whittled down to 1 over 7 shows, with fans delighted to see homegrown talent take on the likes of ‘80s pop legend Ivana Spagna, and recent (and we mean very recent) Sanremo participant Achille Lauro.
The Grand Final was hosted by Eurovision 2011, 2020 and 2021 participant Senhit, alongside presenter Jonathan Kashanian in the Teatro Nuovo in the Sammarinese town of Dogana.
A total of 76 acts were whittled down to 1, and so the honour of representing San Marino has fallen to Achille Lauro, who will compete in the Second Semi-Final on Thursday 12 May.
- Elena & Francesco Faggi – “Nothing Can Blow Me Out”
- Matteo Faustini – “L’ultima parola”
- Aaron Sibley – “Pressure”
- Ivana Spagna – “Seriously in Love”
- Vina Rose – “Sweet Denial”
- Cristina Ramos – “Heartless Game”
- Alessia Labate – “World Falls Down”
- Achille Lauro – “Stripper”
- Mate – “DNA”
- Tony Cicco, Deshedus & Alberto Fortis – “Sono un uomo”
- Basti – “Running”
- Francesco Monte – “Mi ricordo di te (Adrenalina)”
- Kurt Cassar – “Tears of Gold”
- Valerio Scanu – “Io credo”
- Mary Claire – “Tiramisù”
- Burak Yeter ft. Alessandro Coli – “More Than You”
- Camille Cabaltera – “Move ‘Em Like You Never Did”
- Fabry & Labiuse feat. Miodio – “Blu”
On several occasions, Lauro has declared that he is not very close, in terms of tastes, to Italian rap, as he does not like to be homologated to the well-known stereotype of the street rapper. In fact, he has always deviated from the canonical look of hip hop artists, causing a scandal for his eccentric aesthetics in terms of clothing.
He said he was happy to follow his compatriot Ghali, but above all the Americans Travis Scott, 6lack and Young Thug. Lauro said he is a huge fan of Vasco Rossi, Kurt Cobain, Elvis Presley and The Beatles. Among his influences, he cites to have been inspired by singer-songwriters Lucio Battisti and Rino Gaetano in reference to his rock turning point. He considers himself “a believer in God.”
Lauro De Marinis (born 11 July 1990), known professionally as Achille Lauro, is an Italian rapper and singer. He gained popularity in the Italian hip hop scene and he competed in at the Sanremo Music Festival 2019 with the song “Rolls Royce”, at the 2020 edition with the song “Me ne frego”, and at the 2022 edition with the song “Domenica”.