Rehearsals are taking place in Vienna, Austria as the eleven competing artists prepare themselves for the San Marinese selection for Eurovision 2018.
In the Austrian capital, Vienna, rehearsals are taking place for the artists who will be competing in 1in360, the first San Marinese selection process for the Eurovision Song Contest. The rehearsals in Vienna are being organised to prepare all of the artists for the variety of genres and styles that they will be performing over the course of the selection process.
Giovanni Montalbano, one of the participants in the San Marinese selection has revealed the dates for 1in360. According the singer who was selected by the online vote, the selection will consist of five shows and feature televoting. The dates reported are:
- Heat One – January 27
- Heat Two – January 28
- Heat Three – February 3
- Heat Four – February 10
- Final – February 27
San Marino RTV has yet to confirm when the dates of the selection process are.
The eleven that will take part in 1in360, the selection show that will select San Marino’s next Eurovision participant (including three already known wildcards) are:
- Emma Sandström (Winner of the fan club vote) (Finland)
- Giovanni Montalbano (Winner of the web voting) (Italy)
- Irol (Wildcard San Marino artist)
- Sara de Blue (Austria)
- Franklin Calleja (Malta)
- Jessika Muscat (Malta)
- Judah Gavra (Israel)
- Tinashe Makura (Zimbabwe)
- Camilla North (Norway)
- Sebastian Schmidt (Germany)
- Jenifer Besky (Germany)
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 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.