750 entries from 70 countries have been received by 1in360 for San Marino’s Eurovision 2018 selection process. Only 2 entries come from San Marino itself.
In a new interview, the Sammarinese Head of Delegation Alessandro Capicchioni confirmed that entries have been received from all over the world including countries with no connection to Eurovision. He also expressed some disappointment that more entries haven’t come in from San Marino and a hope that more will arrive before the deadline of 30 November. Adverts have been placed in local newspapers in San Marino to encourage local applications.
The entrants so far are available to view on the 1in360 website. 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.
However, it was recently revealed that all the likes for the artist’s videos on 1in360’s website will be reset on 1 December 2017. Fans will then have 10 days to vote again for their favourite artists before voting closes at 11:59PM on 11 December. Once the voting has closed, the artist with the most likes will be granted a wild card to the live recorded shows.
In total, ten candidates will be invited to the first of seven live recorded shows, which will be broadcast on the internet and via satellite TV across Europe in January 2018.
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.
One of the jurors for the selection process will be Zoë Straub who represented Austria in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016. However, Mr Capicchioni has confirmed that earlier rumours that Sweden’s Eurovision 2015 winner Måns Zelmerlöw will be on the panel are not true. Måns is unavailable due to his involvement with the UK’s Eurovision: You Decide in 2018. According to Mr Capicchioni, one of his ideal jurors would be Francesco Gabbani, who represented Italy in Eurovision 2017.
There are also some familiar names who have entered the selection process including Dado Topic (Croatia, Eurovision 2007 with Dragonfly), Karl William Lund (UK national final 2016), Mahan Moin (Melodifestivalen 2014) and Emma Sandstrom (UMK 2017). The two entries from San Marino come from Alibi and Gianluigi Colucci.
Source: Eurofestival News
San Marino in the Eurovision Song Contest
San Marino debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2008 alongside Azerbaijan. On their debut they were represented by Miodio and the song “Complice”, and 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. In 2017, Valentina Monetta represented San Marino for the fourth time alongside Jimmie Wilson with “Spirit of the Night.” The pair finished last in their semi-final with just 1 point.