San Marino: The Wiwi Jury reveals our favourites for 1 in 360

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After a worldwide online audition process, a songwriting camp, two heats and a studio revamp of the songs, San Marino‘s inaugural national selection 1 in 360 will finally reach its final tomorrow evening.

The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — has followed each act from across the globe, and will be judging based on the final studio cuts of each song. Due to time restraints, we’re running a mini-Wiwi Jury — taking inspiration from our juries for Albania, Italy and Spain — and are listing our top five picks with a review of our favourite song.

Much like the contenders for 1 in 360, our jurors are also global, coming from Australia, Bulgaria, Hungary, New Zealand, Spain and the United Kingdom. What did the jury members think of San Marino’s inaugural national final? Read below to find out!

Antranig

1. Camilla North – “Yo no soy tu chica”

San Marino has a lot to offer in this selection and truthfully, they could do quite well with most of the songs on offer. Camilla North stands out as my favourite because her song is packed with so much sass. We might have heard a bit too much Spanish in this year’s national final season but Camilla serves up small doses of Spanish with large doses of attitude. This is absolutely amazing and could be the best dance song of Eurovision 2018.

2. Jessika feat. Jenifer Brening – “Who We Are”
3. Jenifer Brening – “Until the Morning Light”
4. Emma Sandström – “Diamonds”
5. Sara de Blue – “Out of the Twilight”

Barnabas

1. Sara de Blue – “Out of the Twilight”

Even though some people have been writing off the Sanmarinese national selection, it definitely came up with some quality entries. And yes, “Out of the Twilight” is the best it can offer. Sara always provides stellar vocals and this song suits her the best. She delivers the power ballad with passion, and when the drums, strings and the heavy guitars kick in, I immediately feel the Evanescence vibes coming through. If the production team changes the synth drums to acoustic ones and put in edgier guitars, the song would have a good rock-hard punch. If chosen, Sara will bring the microstate its best result at Eurovision! Avanti, San Marino!

2. Jenifer Brening – “Until the Morning Light”
3. Giovanni Montalbano – “Per quello che mi dai”
4. Franklin Calleja – “Stay”
5. Tinashe Makura – “Free Yourself”

Cinan

1. Sara de Blue – “Out of the Twilight”

Alright, maybe I’m the one who thinks that San Marino’s national selection has more good songs than Melodifestivalen this year. And of course, this one can surely make history Eurovision history for San Marino with a top ten finish. The song is very well produced, and I really love the intro and the orchestral parts. I’m absolutely convinced that Sara will have no problem performing this live. I really hope this song will represent San Marino, because as I said, it will make history.

2. IROL feat. Basti – “Sorry”
3. Emma Sandström – “Diamonds”
4. Judah Gavra – “Stay”
5. Jenifer Brening – “Until the Morning Light”

Edd

1. Tinashe Makura – “Free Yourself”

If there’s ever been one opportunity to bring reggae to Eurovision, this is the one! The simple but optimistic lyrics and melody, uplifting and instrumentally-varied backing track, along with Tinashe’s smooth, knicker-melting vocals all come together to make a wonderfully authentic-feeling package. If San Marino isn’t going to bother sending someone from their own country, at least make it an opportunity for someone from outside Europe to bring some variety in a contest of seemingly endless ballads.

2. Sara de Blue – “Out of the Twilight”
3. Giovanni Montalbano – “Per quello che mi dai”
4. Franklin Calleja – “Stay”
5. Sebastian Schmidt – “Stay”

Jonathan

1. Sara de Blue – “Out of the Twilight”

Considering San Marino’s Eurovision history, this was a surprisingly good selection and a number of the songs have the potential to be one of the country’s best ever entries. Many have put the national final down as a two-horse race between Sara and Jenifer. However, while “Until the Morning Light” runs out of ideas two minutes in, “Out of the Twilight” builds nicely throughout and to a very powerful climax. If San Marino is able to give this song a reasonable stage production within their budget, then this is not only their best chance of returning to the grand final but the best opportunity they’ve ever had to climb up the scoreboard a bit.

2. Jenifer Brening – “Until the Morning Light”
3. Jessika feat. Jenifer Brening – “Who We Are”
4. Camilla North – “Yo no soy tu chica”
5. IROL feat. Sebastian Schmidt – “Sorry”

Luis

1. Jenifer Brening – “Until the Morning Light”

Jenifer’s entry is somehow reminiscent of Lorde’s “Green Light”, which is one of the best songs of 2017. While the verses are not especially exciting, the chorus lifts this song a lot. The only problem — although it is shared by all the entries in 1 in 360 — is that the connection between Jenifer and the song is not quite there. Hopefully, she’ll be allowed to work more on the song and perform it live before Lisbon, in case she represents San Marino.

2. Sara de Blue – “Out of the Twilight”
3. Jessika feat. Jenifer Brening – “Who We Are”
4. IROL feat. Sebastian Schmidt – “Sorry”
5. Tinashe Makura – “Free Yourself”

Natalie

1. Emma Sandström – “Diamonds”

Rakas, this is great! I loved “Circle of Light”, even after Emma’s lacklustre performance at UMK, and I seem assured to be a Emma fan for much longer. The song is mystical, enchanting, uplifting, and held together spectacularly with Emma’s beautiful silvery vocals. Who knew that ethnic Nordic instruments could be so captivating even in a happy Eurodance song? It’s got so many great elements, and surely anyone with a heart wants to see Emma on a Eurovision stage.

2. Jenifer Brening – “Until the Morning Light”
3. Sara de Blue – “Out of the Twilight”
4. Jessika feat. Jenifer Brening – “Who We Are”
5. Judah Gavra – “Stay”

Robyn

1. Jessika feat. Jenifer Brening – “Who We Are”

The version with IROL MC doing the guest rap wasn’t working and it’s so much better with Jenifer picking up vocal duty. Jessika and Jenifer have transformed “Who We Are” into a girl power anthem, complete with a rap break that owes something to Mel B’s iconic rap in the Spice Girls’ “Wannabe”. 1 In 360 has been a wild ride and San Marino could happily send a sensible pop track. Or they could let loose and have some fun with Jess and Jeni.

2. Emma Sandström – “Diamonds”
3. IROL feat. Sebastian Schmidt – “Sorry”
4. Jenifer Brening – “Until the Morning Light”
5. Sara de Blue – “Out of the Twilight”

Sebastian

1. Jessika feat. Jenifer Brening – “Who We Are”

Even though my heart broke upon hearing the news that IROL left this collaboration, the addition of Jenifer Brening is a good remedy. But the strength of this song lies in Jessika — she knows who she is, and she delivers a flawless performance full of attitude and sass. Her raspy vocal register really shines in “Who We Are”, and it’s one of the new songs in 1 in 360 that really feels made for the performer. Girl power to Lisbon, please!

2. IROL feat. Sebastian Schmidt – “Sorry”
3. Camilla North – “Yo no soy tu chica”
4. Sara de Blue – “Out of the Twilight”
5. Giovanni Montalbano – “Per quello che mi dai”

So do you agree with our jury? Which is your favourite entry in San Marino’s 1 in 360? Which do you think would make the best Eurovision song for San Marino? Let us know in the comments below!

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