San Marino RTV, the national broadcaster of Eurovision’s smallest competing microstate, has announced that they will be launching a pan-European online search for their representative for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.
This afternoon (17th October), a press conference was held in Rome by Davide Gasperoni (President of San Marino RTV), Carlo Romeo (Director General of San Marino RTV) and the country’s Head of Delegation Alessandro Capicchioni. They announced that, in cooperation with the UK-based production company 1 in 360 Ltd, an internet search has been launched to find San Marino’s Eurovision 2018 entrant, under the tagline ‘Any country. Any genre. Any age’.
Aside from the official EBU participation rules regarding a 16+ age limit, and a maximum of 6 people on stage per performance, San Marino RTV stressed in the below announcement video that they want to hear from people of all nationalities, of any age, and of all genres.
The broadcaster also stressed that a lack of experience would not be a hindrance for performers, emphasising a focus on raw talent. Moreover, whilst people from all countries are urged to apply, native San Marinese artists were also strongly encouraged to enter.
The submission period will be open until 30th November. To apply, candidates should submit a performance video onto www.1in360.com. It has been encouraged that performers upload a cover of an existing song onto this platform, however it has been noted that original songs will still be considered. Participants should receive at least 100 likes or shares on their video in order to be considered by the jury, or pay a €4,99 fee per submission to pass straight to jury consideration.
The 10 shortlisted finalists will be released in early December, with up to three of these candidates being selected as wildcards. A series of live shows will then be broadcast online and on TV to select the San Marino’s entrant for Eurovision 2018. Qualifiers from each show, and the eventual winner, will be selected by an unspecified mix of jury and televoting.
Once the final three entrants have been decided, the songs that they would potentially take to Eurovision will be decided internally and performed at the live final, which will take place in late February. The live shows are expected to start in January, however a date has not yet been specified.
2018 will mark San Marino’s 9th participation in the Eurovision Song Contest. Since their debut in 2008, the country has never broadcast a televised selection show. In fact, San Marino RTV has only previously held an open call for songs on one occasion before now, that being in 2008 when Miodio were eventually selected by a jury to be the Republic’s first Eurovision representatives in Belgrade.
Over 9 years of participation San Marino has only once qualified for the Eurovision final, when Valentina Monetta represented the country with “Maybe (Forse)” in Copenhagen. She finished in 24th place with 14 points, San Marino’s best result to date. This year Valentina represented her country for the 4th time, this time joined on stage by American singer Jimmie Wilson. The pair’s entry “Spirit of the Night” finished in last place in it’s semi-final in Kyiv, scoring just 1 point.