Måns Zelmerlöw the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 has been revealed as one of the three judges in San Marino’s 2018 selection.
Sweden’s Måns Zelmerlöw, will be one of the three judges taking part in the San Marinese selection process for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. Måns Zelmerlöw who won the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 in Vienna, Austria, will be joined by Zoe Straub who represented Austria at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016. Also on the judging panel is Dave Berry, a radio presenter in the United Kingdom for Absolute Radio.
San Marino has launched 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.
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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.