SMRTV, the Sammarinese national broadcaster has announced today that circa 600 entries have been submitted for the 2018 Sammarinese national selection.
San Marino has come up with a brand new innovative and ground breaking concept in order to select its Eurovision act and entry for Lisbon. SMRTV confirmed San Marino’s Eurovision participation last month and revealed its mechanism and project for Eurovision 2018.
SMRTV and partner 1 in 360 have received nearly 600 entries so far. The submission period concludes at the end of the month.
San Marino’s Head of Delegtion Mr. Alessandro Capicchioni says:
We have received 600 memberships today and nearly 300 are already posted on the Youtube channel. Did we expect such a response?
It was not far from our forecast given the amount of proposals, more or less from all over the world that we receive every year. This time, we have given everyone the chance to make a dream come true.
It is amazing to receive proposals from Cameroon, Tajikistan, Lebanon, South Africa, Iran, China and Haiti, to name a few, as well as from the United States and almost all European countries.
There are not many candidates from neighboring Italy, at present some ten, but still no one from San Marino. It is a competition also designed for home artists, and for which we have developed a system that enhances them. We can not wait to prove that even our artists have something to say.
About 1 in 360 – the 2018 Sammarinese online national selection
Candidates from all over the world can enter the selection by uploading their respective songs and entries. The submission period will run from 21 October – 30 November. The winner of the national selection will be awarded a record deal and the golden ticket to the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.
A total of 7 shows will be will be broadcast on television and on the internet in January and February. 10 candidates will battle for the golden ticket to Lisbon in the national selection. 3 out of the 10 candidates can be wildcards selected by the broadcaster.
The 2018 Sammarinese national final is expected be held at the end of February with a total of 3 acts battling for the right to represent San Marino at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon.
San Marino in Eurovision
San Marino debuted in Eurovision in 2008 and is yet to win the event. The country has only qualified once to the Grand Final, namely in 2014 with Valentina Monetta’s Maybe. Valentina Monetta represented the country 3 years in a row (2012, 2013 & 2014).
In 2017, Valentina Monetta returned to the contest for the 4th time and flew the Sammarinese flag in Kyiv with Jimmie Wilson. Despite a fabulous performance the duo failed to qualify to the Grand Final with their disco beat Spirit of the night.
2018 will see San Marino’s 9th Eurovision participation: The landlocked country has opted to select its Eurovision act via digital national selection.
The 2018 Eurovision Song Contest is scheduled to be held on 8, 10 and 12 May in Lisbon, Portugal.