Broadcaster San Marino RTV launched their search for Lisbon moments ago during a televised press conference. The broadcaster's Eurovision team will collaborate with London-based production company 1 in 360 Ltd. to find their candidate, under the motto Any country. Any genre. Any age. Needless to say, contestants must fit the Eurovision Song Contest rules and be 16 years at the time of the contest in May.
In early December, a shortlist of ten hopefuls will be published. Up to three of these candidates may be selected by wildcard. From January to February 2018, the ten shortlisted candidates will be invited to perform in front of a jury in a series of live recorded shows that will be broadcast online and via satellite TV. To add to the excitement, parts of the shows will be filmed and broadcast in 360 and virtual reality.
In each show, qualifiers will be chosen by a mix of televoting and jury vote. The judges will consist of music industry professionals and former Eurovision participants.
Songs for the three candidates who got the most votes in the shows will be chosen internally in consultation with the candidates and be submitted to a public vote in the final show, totake place in late February 2018.
The winner of this elaborate process will be crowned San Marino’s candidate for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.
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Whether she will make an attempt to participate in this elaborate selection process... is yet to be seen!