All of the upcoming participants in San Marino’s debut national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest have now been selected and unveiled today by the country’s national broadcaster, SMRTV.
It’s been a long, ongoing search to find each of the participants for the country’s new national selection process for Eurovision 2018. But today, the search for the potential acts came to an end with the announcement of the 11 competitors.
Throughout the month of December, SMRTV together with 1 in 360 have been confirmed the names of the wildcard acts, each of whom were selected via 3 different options over the past number of weeks.
The wildcard acts, as were confirmed previously, are as follows:
- Emma Sandström (Finland – Fan club choice)
- Giovanni Montalbano (Italy – Online vote choice)
- Irol (San Marino – Sammarinese choice)
Remaining 7 participants selected
With the first 3 acts having already been selected, it was down to the Sammarinese jury to determine the remaining 8 participants for the country’s national selection.
Originally, only 10 artists were set to be shortlisted to compete in the selection. However, both 1 in 360 and SMRTV have decided to allow 11 acts to compete in the event due to the mass amount of talent received.
The jury were able to select from all of the submissions which were previously received, and now the final choices have been made. Here are the remaining participants:
- Camilla North (Norway)
- Franklin Calleja (Malta)
- Jenifer Besky (Germany)
- Jessika Muscat (Malta)
- Judah Gavra (Israel)
- Sebastian Schmidt (Germany)
- Sara de Blue (Austria)
- Tinashe Makura (Zimbabwe)
Known Eurovision names featuring in the line-up are 2 former Maltese national selection participants; Franklin and Jessika have both previously attempted to represent Malta on numerous past occasions, but will 2018 finally be the year that they compete at the Eurovision Song Contest?
Judah Gavra will also be a stand-out name to many Eurovision fans, as the singer previously tried to represent Israel at the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2013.
All 11 participants will compete in the live stage show of the Sammarinese national selection, set to kick off next month and running through to February 2018.
Ten participants, but only 1 will manage to earn the right of representing the micro-nation of San Marino at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. Further details regarding the shows and voting method will be unveiled in due course.