While Turkey won’t be competing in Eurovision this year, today, it has been confirmed by the San Marino broadcaster SMRTV that  the famous Turkish singer Serhat has been chosen to represent San Marino at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest in the host city of Stockholm, Sweden.

At a press conference today, Serhat didn’t say which language he will be singing, but said he would love to sing in different languages and promised that there would be at least an Italian version of the song.

Ahmet Serhat Hacıpaşalıoğlu, known as Serhat, was born October 24, 1964 and raised in Istanbul. Serhat started his producing career by establishing his own company in 1994, End Productions. In the same year, he also started to produce and host a quiz show on TRT called Riziko!. In 1997, with his first single, “Rüya-Ben Bir Daha”, his musical career began. Beside his other hosting and producing works, he continued his musical career and released “Total Disguise” duet with Viktor Lazlo in 2004, “Chocolate Flavour” in 2006. In 2008 he released “I Was So Lonely”, “No No Never (Moscow-Istanbul)” and “Ya + Ti” which was a Russian version of “Total Disguise”. All of these three songs were duets with Tamara Gverdtsiteli and in 2014 he released “Je M’Adore”. “Je M’Adore” reached number 1 for 5 weeks in a row on Deutsche DJ Black/Pop Charts, number 1 on Black 30, number 2 on British Dance Charts, number 8 on French Dance Charts and number 9 on Swiss Dance Charts.

Good Luck Serhat!