The broadcaster of San Marino has this evening announced on their evening news that they are set to join 11 other countries as part of this year's Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, Ukraine. San Marino first entered the adult Eurovision Song Contest in 2008, and has four entries under its belt. They have already selected their singer for the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest, and now join Junior Eurovision for the first time.
Confirming the news, Executive Supervisor Vladislav Yakovlev said "We are delighted to welcome San Marino to the Junior Eurovision Family. SMTV was originally on the list for the 2011 Junior Eurovision Song Contest but eventually couldn't take part, so we're delighted they will now make their début in Kyiv."
According to the rules of Junior Eurovision, section 1.2.2 e) "Eligible artists are children who are either of the nationality of the participating country or have been resident in that country for at least two and a half years". With a population of just over 32,000, San Marino was granted special dispensation from the Steering Group that allows them to select a singer of either San Marinese or Italian nationality.