San Marino’s Eurovision selection continues to be an international affair, with the show being filmed in the Slovakian capital.
The studios of TV JOJ in Bratislava, Slovakia have been handed over to 1in360, as filming for the San Marinese selection process gets underway. The Slovak broadcaster has assisted with the filming and production of San Marino’s Eurovision selection, with Producer Mathias Strasser commenting;
It works between us, everyone is absolutely professional, the musicians are excellent, and we are able to create an excellent world class show
While presenter Nick Earles added;
Everyone is very nice, friendly, the directors are very professional, we like it very much, and we will definitely return to Bratislava,
The filming of the San Marinese selection process in Slovakia, comes eight years on since Slovakia last held a national selection process for the Eurovision Song Contest. Slovakia has not participated in the competition since 2012, having returned to the competition between 2009 and 2012.
The eleven that will take part in 1in360, the selection show that will select San Marino’s next Eurovision participant 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.