San Marino RTV will be bringing a “revolutionary project” to the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, with details set to be revealed on Tuesday.
According to details revealed on the official website for the venue of Tuesday’s press conference by San Marino RTV;
San Marino will be at the 2018 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with a revolutionary project never seen before.
The major questions that will be discussed at the press conference in Rome, focus on who will participate in Eurovision 2018, as well as the future of small countries in the Eurovision Song Contest. The latter has been a contentious issue for San Marino RTV’s Director General who has complained in the past two years, of smaller countries being overlooked by the European Broadcasting Union.
In addition to the main questions posed, the press conference is also likely to discuss the way that the voting system favors larger nations. According to the release;
San Marino is the last of the small states to get in the game, others have abandoned the contest because of a voting system that clearly favors the major states.
Issues surrounding the method of voting at the Eurovision Song Contest has seen a number of countries withdraw from the competition since 2000. Austria withdrew from the competition after 2007 until 2011, citing the issue of using a 100% televote system. While Turkey has ruled out participating in the competition since 2013, but in contrast cites the introduction of jury voting as one of a number of stumbling blocks to its return.
Attending the press conference on October 17 which will be held in the Italian Capital, Rome are; Davide Gasperoni the President of San Marino RTV, Carlo Romeo the Director General of San Marino RTV and Head of Delegation Alessandro Capicchioni.
Source: Stampa Estera
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San Marino debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2008 alongside Azerbaijan. On their debut they were represented by Miodio and the song “Complice”, they finished last in their semi final with just 5 points. San Marino withdrew from the contest before returning again in 2011. Since then the country has participated annually and in 2014 qualified for their first final. Valentina Monetta represented San Marino for a third consecutive year in 2014, at the contest in Copenhagen she performed “Maybe” and went on to finish 24th in the final scoring 14 points.