Last month it was announced that San Marino will selected its representative for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest using a Europe-wide casting process, which will primarily take place online. Since then, more than 250 entries from 60 countries around the world have been received!
The candidates that have submitted songs for the 2018 national selection come from five continents and includes both newcomers and established artists, spanning a range of musical styles. The deadline for submissions is 30th November. More information about the selection process can be found here.
What's next in the selection process?
All entries (for which videos were provided) will be published on the website of 1 in 30, the London-based production company that San Marino's broadcaster RTV are collaborating with. The videos will also appear on YouTube. Candidates who submitted an audio file will be asked to re-submit their applications along with a video file. The public will be able to comment, like and share the performances on social media. In early December a shortlist of ten candidates for the live shows will be published.
The Eurovision Fan Club Wildcard
Up to three of the shortlisted candidates will be selected by wildcard. Today San Marino's broadcaster announced that one of these will be awarded by the Eurovision fan clubs! The rules for participating in the fan club wildcard are available on www.1in360.com. Next month we will know if San Marino's Eurovision veteran, Valentina Monetta is returning for 2018! The singer represented her country for the fourth time in 2017 alongside Jimmie Wilson with the song Spirit Of The Night.
San Marino at the Eurovision Song Contest
San Marino's first Eurovision participation was in 2008. Since then, the country has made it to the Grand Final only once, in 2014, when Valentina Monetta took to the stage for third consecutive time with the song Maybe (Forse). For more information about San Marino's Eurovision journey visit the website of San Marino Radio and Television.