San Marino in the Eurovision Song Contest
|Appearances||4 (0 finals)|
|Best result||11th SF: 2013 SF|
|Worst result||Last: 2008 SF|
|San Marino's page at Eurovision.tv|
San Marino has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest four times, debuting in the 2008 contest, followed by participation in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Despite having participated four times already, San Marino's entrants, next to those of other three countries (Andorra, Czech Republic and Montenegro); have never qualified from the semifinals. Hence, they have never performed in an Eurovision final.
History of San Marino in the Eurovision Song Contest 
2008 debut 
In June 2007, Radiotelevisione della Repubblica di San Marino (SMRTV), the Sammarinese public service broadcaster, indicated interest in joining the contest in the near future, all depending on the interest of the stockholders, especially Italian broadcaster RAI, which had withdrawn from the Contest in 1997. Five months later, the broadcaster confirmed their participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 in Belgrade.
The first Sammarinese entry in the Eurovision Song Contest was Miodio, with the Italian language song "Complice". San Marino holds the honour of being the 50th country to participate at Eurovision, participating 5th in the first semi-final of the contest. However, Miodio failed to qualify for the final, receiving just 5 points in total and coming last. Despite this, the winner of the 2008 contest, Dima Bilan, concluded his "Winner's Tour" in San Marino. SMRTV broadcast the full event.
SMRTV had originally planned to compete at the 2009 contest in Moscow, Russia. The Sammarinese Minister of Culture announced shortly after the 2008 contest that they "have good hopes to return". SMRTV announced that it would be reviewing the 2008 contest, and would have a decision on 2009 participation by the end of the year.
It was then rumoured that the country would not be participating in the 2009 contest, following rumours that SMRTV would withdraw due to poor results at the 2008 contest, however SMRTV rebuked the claim and confirmed its interest in the 2009 contest. In the end, SMRTV announced its withdrawal from the 2009 contest, having already applied to enter. The broadcaster insisted that this was not due to the poor results of the previous year, but financial difficulties faced by SMRTV.
San Marino did not return for the Eurovision Song Contest 2010, again stating financial reasons preventing participation. The broadcaster announced that it hoped to return to the competition in the future and discussed possible participation in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.
SMRTV made an application to participate in the 2011 contest, which was later confirmed. It was the second participation in the ESC for San Marino. The singer Senit was announced as the Sammarinese entry at the Eurovision Song Contest 2011, which will be held in Düsseldorf, Germany. She sang "Stand By", performed in English. As in 2008, SMRTV broadcasted the full event. San Marino failed to qualify to the final for the second time, coming 16 out of 19 with 34 points.
On 17 January, it was confirmed by the EBU that San Marino will be participating in the 2012 edition. SMRTV confirmed on 14 March, that Valentina Monetta would represent San Marino in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in May. She was internally selected by SMRTV.
Song disqualification 
"Facebook Uh, Oh, Oh" was presented as the Sanmarinese entry. However, it was announced that the song's lyrics breached rule 1.2.2. of the competition, which resulted in the lyrics' disqualification. The lyrics and the title of the song were changed shortly after to The Social Network Song (OH OH - Uh - OH OH).
At Eurovision 
Monetta performed the song during the first semi-final, but failed to advance to the final. Together with Montenegro, the song was expected to finish either last or second to last, but after the full results were revealed after the final on 26 May, it was revealed that the song ended in 14th place with 31 points, making the entry San Marino's best placing in Eurovision compared to previous years.
San Marino confirmed in November 2012, that they would participate in the 2013 contest. Artist Lys Assia had been rumoured to represent the country with her song "All in your head" which failed to make the National Final of Switzerland, but this was later denied.  Instead, at a press conference in January 2013, Valentina Monetta was revealed to be chosen to represent San Marino at the Eurovision Song Contest 2013. She performed the song 'Crisalide' in the second semi-final on 16th May in Malmö. For the fourth time, San Marino failed to qualify for the final despite being a fans' favourite (2nd place for OGAE). However, Monetta scored the best result for San Marino, 11th place in the semi-final with 47 points.
|2012||Valentina Monetta||"The Social Network Song"||English||X||X||14||31|
|2013||Valentina Monetta||"Crisalide (Vola)"||Italian||X||X||11||47|
- XX on Semi Finals denotes auto-qualification. This could be due to one reason. If a country won the previous year, they did not have to compete in Semi Finals.
- XX on Finals denotes an unsuccessful attempt to qualify to the final.
Voting history (2008–2012) 
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Commentators and spokespersons 
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|2008||Lia Fiorio and Gigi Restivo||Roberto Moretti|
|2009||TBA||Did not participate|
|2011||Lia Fiorio and Gigi Restivo||Nicola Della Valle|
|2013||John Kennedy O'Connor|
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- Hondal, Victor (2010-12-22). "San Marino will participate in Düsseldorf 2011". EscToday.com. Retrieved 2010-12-24.
- Costa, Nelson (2011-02-03). "Senit to represent San Marino in Dusseldorf". Oikotimes.com. Retrieved 2011-02-03.
- "Valentina Monetta rappresenterà San Marino a Baku 2012". San Marino RTV (in Italian). Retrieved 14 March 2012.
- Roxburgh, Gordon. "Valentina Monetta to represent San Marino". EBU. Retrieved 14 March 2012.
- Siim, Jarmo. "EBU: San Marino song lyrics in breach of Rules". EBU. Retrieved 18 March 2012.
- Eurovision Song Contest 2012 Semi-Final
- Points to and from San Marino eurovisioncovers.co.uk