For the last three years Valentina Monetta represented San Marino at the Eurovision Song Contest. Today, Anita Simoncini & Michele Perniola arrived at the Wiener Stadthalle, hoping to relive her success from last year.
When Anita and Michele arrived onto the big Vienna stage, they were visibly in awe at its scale. Here, they will perform in front of millions of people on the 21st of May. Quite an honour!
The world in candlelight
The performance very much reflects the message of the song; one of peace and unity. The backdrop is a large revolving 3D image of Planet Earth, which gradually evolves into one covered in candles forming a chain around the world. The stage structure also reflects this with circles of glowing oranges and yellows forming an extension of what is being shown on the large LED screens.Gallery: San Marino: First Rehearsal
Anita and Michele were enjoying some media attention in their dressing room ahead of their first rehearsal. They seemed confident and relaxed, a sign that maybe they have done something similar before? Discussing their participation, they told us they wanted to "rock Vienna" and also showed us some of their vocal warm ups.
"This is ten times bigger than Junior!"
Both Anita and Michele have been involved in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest previously, so have plenty of prior experience although they admitted that the scale of the "grown up" Eurovision Song Contest is a lot bigger, "ten times bigger", as Michele told us.Gallery: San Marino: Backstage in Vienna