The second judge for the San Marinese national selection has been revealed today as dancer and choreographer Vince Bugg. London based company 1in360 who are in control of San Marino’s selection process this year revealed the news this afternoon on their Twitter page.
Vince Bugg joins Austrian Eurovision 2016 singer Zoe Straub on the jury panel for San Marino’s Eurovision 2018 national selection. Vince is a dancer and choreographer who has previously been on the West End and Broadway.
The first confirmed artist for the San Marino selection show is Emma Sandström, who won the fan club voting. Emma is from Finland and she was one of the participants in this year’s edition of Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu, the Finnish selection for the Eurovision Song Contest. Although she was the pre-contest favourite, she finished in third place with “Circle of Light”, missing out on the chance to represent Finland in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.
Ten artists will compete in the 1 in 360 live shows, of which three will be wildcards. The second wildcard will be given by internet voting. All votes on the 1in360 site have been reset to zero and the act that receives the highest amount of votes will win the wildcard. The acts that were shortlisted for the fan vote are eligible for this wilcard. The final wildcard will be given to an act from San Marino. The seven remaining places will be decided upon by SMRTV and 1 in 360 from all the submissions.
Over 9 years of participation San Marino have 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 its semi-final in Kyiv, scoring just 1 point.
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