The last microstate standing will be at Eurovision 2018 — with the help of the internet. San Marino has confirmed they will bring “the Internet’s candidate” to Eurovision in Lisbon. They’re teaming up with new website, 1in360.com, to launch a global search for a Eurovision star.
SMTV announced the news today at a press conference alongside 1 in 360. The announcement comes with this promo video:
San Marino and 1 in 360 — how it works
In the first part of the contest, performers from any country can enter the search. This even includes groups. Submissions will be accepted online from October 21 to November 30.
Judges will then select seven acts from a pool of eligible entries, along with three wildcards selected at a later date. Contestants either have to achieve 100 “likes” on the 1 in 360 website, or pay a 4.99 Euro fee to be heard by the judges. Gotta pay those bills somehow, y’all!
The ten candidates will be all revealed in December. They will be featured in a number of shows broadcast online, to battle it out to reach the final.
Each artist will work with a selected songwriter, and they will work together to create an original song. Each candidate with then perform their original song and a cover. Televoting will decide the ultimate winner, who will earn both a record deal and the Eurovision spot.
Judges will be revealed one per week throughout November, and all will be linked to Eurovision or the entertainment industry. We don’t know about y’all, but this sounds intense — and we’re loving it!
The online search is a flashback to Switzerland’s previous search for Eurovision stars. Whilst that didn’t always result in a “quality” group of entries, San Marino may do one better.
With the power of the internet behind them, San Marino will hope to make the final for only the second time. And to be clear — there’s nothing to stop Valentina Monetta entering for a fifth time!
What do you think of San Marino’s new approach to Eurovision? Are you going to enter the search? Let us know all your thoughts in the comments section below!