Organisers behind 1 in 360 — San Marino’s search for an Internet candidate for Eurovision 2018 — have crowned Emma the winner of the first wildcard. As we pause to celebrate, we thought it’d be a good time to check where things stand with Wildcard #2.
Of the roughly 557 entries currently listed on the 1in360 candidates page, a total of 69 have managed to earn more than 100 votes. Of these, just 16 have managed to secure more than 2,000 votes. And while technically any of them are still contenders, in reality this appears to be a two-voice race.
Gloria Zaccaria from Italy currently counts 28,571 votes, while Miguel Vincentre from Spain has 26,191. The next highest act — Julian Lesinski from Poland — has 10,294.
The votes are changing quickly and constantly — a number of the acts are adding hundreds of votes per hour. These tallies are accurate as of 22:30 on Monday 4 December. Scroll down to see who is still in the race for the second wildcard.
1 in 360: Second Wildcard Leaders
Gloria makes the most of the Italian language, showing off its beauty as she rolls through her song with confidence and vim. She’s emotional for sure, but it’s controlled and never over-the-top. A well-produced video with a handsome mister doesn’t hurt either.
One of the shorter videos in the selection, Miguel’s “Alone” sees him sitting alone and playing his guitar. And while his strumming isn’t necessarily wowing us, his intensity is. He is staring straight into our souls!
If you like Charlotte Perrelli then you’re going to love Julian. Taking on the Eurovision winner’s song “Hero”, he adds masculinity to a schlager classic — slowing it down and lowering the pitch. He’s seriously feeling it, which makes us feel it too.
An electro-banger filmed on the beach, Mac is serving blonde ambition. He’s got the look and he’s got some production behind him.
She’s an adorable popstrel with major swag and a funky-and-cute music video. If the Mickey Mouse Club had a bad girl it would be Hllary (no I) Smile.
Stavros covers Conchita Wurst’s “Rise LIke a Phoenix” and pours passion into his three-minutes, which he pairs with images of him in the studio and standing in nature. He’ll need to work on his enunciation, but his neatly 10,000 votes suggests people don’t mind the slip-ups.
Dario hits the parking garage and the rooftops of Malta in this video of contrasts which celebrates his undying love for a special someone. It’s heartfelt and wouldn’t sound out of place in the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. “If you’re home I just hope that you’re sober, is it time to let go now that you’re older?…Will you call me to tell me you’re alright ’cause I worry about you.”
Her strength isn’t in her voice, but instead her unique delivery, which sounds like a musical cat in heat. Her quirky style — purple wig, angel wings, and dramatic eyes — would give San Marino something to talk about.
WOW! Competing on Got Talent, Ms. Gloushak proves herself to be a proper diva, nailing her cover of Jennifer Hudson’s “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” from Dreamgirls.
A soul-jazz singer, Camilla isn’t afraid to put it all out there, as you can see in this live performance. “I just feel so good, so real,” she sings. “But right now I just feel cold, so cold, right down to my bones.” Well her voice is warming us right up.
Frenchman Tom sings of “teardrop rain” — which may mimic the sound of our own sobbing when we don’t get past the wildcard round. Anyway, Tom’s got a fab voice — it’s slightly husky and thoroughly sexy. Plus he’s got a nice lyric video to boot.
The slick Maltese singer covers Elton John’s “Candle In the Wind 1997” (released in honour of the late Princess Diana). Staring into the camera and demonstrating his sonorous tones, he deserves to be high on this list — lovely voice!
Unleashing his inner cowboy, Raylan slips into denim, tips his head back and sings about a woman he used to love “so bad”. The liquor, he says, helps him forget jor name, jor face, jis pain I can’t erase.
Singing an original song called “Cure & War”, Panagiotis wears all white, accompanied only by a woman translating his song into sign language. He has an ability to hit those high notes — and an eye-catching tattoo on his left foot.
Singing “Higher Window”, Marcus works the lower register before taking us higher. Filmed in black and white, he’s ready to tug on heartstrings.
Throwing themselves fully into their Eurovision 2017 mash-up, our vloggers are living every minute of their audition video, which captures the spirit and fun of the competition. But don’t let me tell you about it. You can hear them discuss their bid below.
Where is everybody?
Do you think the two front-runners have a strong chance of advancing to Eurovision if they win the wildcard? Or are you feeling the two Polish contestants more? Let us know in the comments box below.