Earlier this week San Marino revealed its plans for a brand new national final to select the Sammarinese act for Eurovision 2018. Now eagle-eyed fans have discovered what appear to be details of the three judges for the national final. Eurovision stars Måns Zelmerlöw and Zoë Straub have been listed as judges, along with UK radio host Dave Berry.
The original announcement of the national final promised the judges would be revealed in November. However, fans found a page naming three judges on a site showcasing the design for the 1 in 360 competition — it appears to have been some sort of pitch brief involving their art direction.
Interestingly, the portion of the site was removed after fans began sharing screengrabs of the judges section. Måns has even come out and said on Instagram that it’s just “a rumour”. Is he being coy? Or did the 1 in 360 organisers use his image and bio without consent in their pitch?
In any case, if true the judges that were listed have a lot to offer San Marino’s national selection. Måns is, of course, the winner of Eurovision 2015 and co-hosted Eurovision 2016.
Zoë is the Austrian chanteuse who earned a 13th place finish at Eurovision 2016 with “Loin d’ici”. Her father, Christof Straub is also involved in the national selection. While his role has not been confirmed, it’s thought that the acclaimed musician and songwriter may later be involved with writing a potential Eurovision entry for a selected act. Zoë can be seen in the trailer running at the top of the 1 in 360 web site.
The show hosts have also been confirmed. It will be presented by Nick Earles and Kristin Stein. Nick may be familiar as the enthusiastic face of the promo video launching the national selection. Kristin is a Swedish/German actress based in London. Both are experienced presenters and — most importantly — are fans of Eurovision.
Details of San Marino’s surprising new national final format were released earlier this week. The contest is open to acts from any country. Submissions will be accepted online from today 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 fee to be heard by the judges.
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 will 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.
What do you think of San Marino’s hosts? Do you think the listed “judges” were merely placeholders? Who would you like to represent San Marino in Lisbon? Share your thoughts below!