Eurovision favouritism row: How can Flo-Rida perform with San Marino?

The second Eurovision semi-final takes place tonight (Thursday, April 20) in Rotterdam. San Marino is one of the 15 countries taking to the stage and they will be joined by US rapper Flo Rida. How can Flo-Rida perform with San Marino? Express.co.uk has everything you need to know.

How can Flo Rida perform with San Marino?

After months of speculation, Flo Rida will be making an appearance in Eurovision 2021.

San Marino’s representative for Eurovision this year, Senhit confirmed the news via her Twitter account.

She posted a snap of her and Flo Rida in Rotterdam with the caption “Now that u are here @official_flo … let’s do this Flag of San Marino Fire.”

Announcing the news, Flo Rida said in a statement: ‘What’s up Netherlands, it’s your man Flo Rida!

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It’s such a good feeling to be back in Europe after so long. I’m very grateful to be able to perform once again, and on the biggest stage in the world.

“Actually, when I invited him to join me on the Eurovision stage back in March, the decision was made there with joy

“It was not easy to predict the travelling restrictions, but there we go… I’m very happy to have him with me to perform Adrenalina, not only to Europe but to the whole world! We are ready!”

No rules are preventing Flo Rida from performing at Eurovision 2021.

Although America has never competed in Eurovision, the long-running singing competition does not have any nationality rules.

This means people can represent countries that are not their own.

San Marino’s entry herself, Senhit was actually born in Italy but will be representing San Marino for the second time.

Senhit represented San Marino in 2011 and was due to perform at Rotterdam in 2020.

The Sammarinese delegation would have had to have sought permission from Eurovision organisers, well in advance of rehearsals to make sure Flo Rida would be able to perform.

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A spokesperson for the European Broadcasting Union explained:

“Following a request from the San Marino broadcaster, the EBU, Host Broadcasters and Reference Group agreed to grant permission for the delegation to use a stand-in artist during the first and second rehearsals of their song on the condition that Flo Rida would arrive in Rotterdam in time to perform in the full-dress rehearsals as well the Live Shows.”

Together, Senhit and Flo Rida will be performing the song Adrenalina as the opening act for the second semi-final.

Flo Rida’s addition to the competition means the mainstream star will be representing one of the smallest countries in the world.

San Marino is the 5th smallest in the world and has entered Eurovision 10 times.

Unfortunately, San Marino has never taken home in the Eurovision crown.

If San Marino makes it through to the Eurovision 2021 final tonight, Flo Rida is expected to make an appearance in Saturday’s final.

Who is Flo Rida?

Flo Rida is a rapper, singer and songwriter from Carol City, Florida.

He shot to fame in 2007 with the single Low which featured on the Step Up film soundtrack.

Since then, he has gone on to release the chart-topping singles Right Round and Whistle.

He has collaborated with Sia on the single Wild Ones and with David Guetta on Club Can’t Handle Me.

Eurovision fans have been sharing their excitement online about Flo Rida’s debut on Eurovision.

One fan tweeted: “San Marino Flag of San Marino will qualify! I’m so happy Flo Rida will be there to sing his rap verse and support you. Such a great collaboration and hopefully after the contest, this song will be a global hit, including on the U.S Hot 100 chart! Love and support from Australia.”

A second fan said: “TEAM SAN MARIN. I’m ready for San Marinos highest result ever this year.”

A third fan added: “Great news about Flo Rida. Good Luck!!”

The Eurovision Song Contest Semi-Final 2 airs tonight at 8pm on BBC 4

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