1i360, the San Marinese national selection for Eurovision 2018 has announced a number of changes, to ensure that the show is seen to be fair.
1in360 has announced a significant number of changes to the show and voting process to ensure that the show is seen to be as fair as possible. The selection process which has been questioned on a number of occasions for it fairness and validity, has responded to fans calls by introducing a number of changes.The changes are as follows:
Jury Will No Longer Vote in the Final
Following questions regarding Zoe Straub’s ability to vote fairly in the final of 1in360, the current jury will no longer be able to vote during the final. Zoe is behind twenty of the twenty-two songs that competed in the earlier stages of the selection process.
The jury vote will now be decided by a panel of music professionals assembled by 1in360, including the Head of Delegation for San Marino, Alessandro Capicchioni. This will not include Zoe or Christof Straub.
Public Given a Larger Say in the Results
After comments about the complicated nature of the public voting, it has been decided that the public will have the same say at the jury. Only in the event of a tie in the points will the jury have a deciding say on who will represent San Marino in Lisbon.
Public Can Only Vote by Investing in the Songs
Instead of having the public vote via Paypal, the voting will only be determined by the amount that is invested in to each of the songs competing in the final. This means that the cost to vote now costs 20 Euro, which is the minimum amount that can be invested.
To ensure that none of the competing artists can rig their way to victory. Each song has been limited to 8,000 Euro’s of investment. This means that if two songs reach the maximum amount, the public will award 12 points to the two songs, with the third place song receiving 8 points in the voting.
San Marino in the Eurovision Song Contest
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.