Piqued Jacks to Eurovision 2023 for San Marino

Piqued Jacks won Una Voce per San Marino and will be representing the nation with the song "Like An Animal" at Eurovision 2023 in Liverpool

For the second year in a row, San Marino held what can be called a global national selection directed at every artist older than 16 who wishes to sing at the Eurovision Song Contest. That's Una Voce per San Marino.

Out of many submissions, the Sammarinese public broadcaster (SMRTV) shortlisted those to 106 acts and held live auditions earlier this week (from Monday to Thursday), and a Second Chance round yesterday in order to reduce those to the final 21.

Tonight, the 21 competing acts performed once more, and the jury decided that Piqued Jacks would be the best choice to represent San Marino at Eurovision 2023 with the song "Like An Animal."

Piqued Jacks – "Like An Animal"

Tonight's show was broadcast live from Teatro Nuovo in Dogana, San Marino, and hosted by Senhit (San Marino 2011 and 2021) and Israeli-Italian TV host Jonathan Kashanian.

Una Voce per San Marino – Final

The decision was 100% made by a professional jury that featured six members:

  • Al Bano (Italian singer-songwriter)
  • Antonio Rospini (Italian musician)
  • Charlotte Davis (British TV producer)
  • Steve Lyon (British music producer)
  • Dino Stewart (manager of BMG Italia)
  • Clarissa Martinelli (Italian journalist)

Piqued Jacks

Piqued Jacks are an alternative Rock band from Italy.

They've opened for Interpol and played on other big stages such as Virgin Radio, MTV and BBC Radio.

Their first release takes us back to 2015 when they released their first LP, "Climb Like Ivy Does," and since then three other albums have followed. In 2022, the band released more singles and got to perform in Los Angeles and in the UK.

So far, they've worked with big names such as Brett Shaw (Florence + The Machine).

San Marino in the Eurovision Song Contest

San Marino 2014: Valentina Monetta - "Maybe (Forse)"

San Marino is one of the newest, and smallest, Eurovision countries.

San Marino 2014: Valentina Monetta - "Maybe (Forse)"

They have participated 12 times since their first Eurovision Song Contest in 2008, but not with great success. In nine out of 12 appearances, they haven't managed to qualify for the Grand Final. San Marino has qualified for the Grand Final three times: in 2014, 2019 and 2021. Their worst results were in 2008 and 2017, when they came in last in their Semi-final.

About the author: Pedro Santos (Portugal)

authorPedro comes from Lisbon, Portugal. He's 30 years old and graduated in journalism. He has attended Eurovision Song Contest three times live - 2018, 2019 and 2022 - and covered the show twice more (2021, 2023) but his first Eurovision memory takes him back to 2007 when Sarbel delivered his catchy "Yassou Maria" performance. Pedro's favorite Eurovision song is Albania's 2015 "I'm Alive" by Elhaida Dani which is also his favorite Eurovision edition.

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