He was one of the eight contestants selected by the 1 in 360 jury to compete in San Marino’s national selection for Eurovision 2018.
And today SMRTV revealed that Sebastian “Basti” Schmidt will travel to Lisbon to support Jessika Muscat and Jenifer Brening, who won the national final earlier this month.
Officials revealed the news via San Marino’s Twitter account, writing: “Fabulous Basti Schmidt of 1 in 360 fame will join Jess & Jen on stage as backing vocalist at Eurovision 2018”.
— 1in360 (@1in360talent) March 21, 2018
German Basti sang “In The Moonlight” in the first semi final, followed by “Stay” in the second semi-final. He reprised the latter in the final of the contest on March 3.
The Journey of “Who We Are”
The wining song “Who We Are” was originally sung by Jessika Muscat featuring a rap from San Marino’s IROL. The rapper backed out at the last minute, saying that the song wasn’t true to his style. Luckily Jenifer Brening was able to save the day and step in to replace him, and the entry would go on to win the right to represent San Marino at Eurovision.
Basti will join the team as backing vocalist. Jeny B — who served a Scary Spice like rap interlude during the national final — recently revealed on social media that we will hear more of her on the entry due to her fans demanding so.
There were a lot of questions in the Eurovision fandom about the changing rules of the contest, and about how “Who We Are” won over fan favourite “Out of the Twilight” by Sara de Blue.
San Marino sits at the bottom of the Eurovision odds table. Our Edd Keith has some helpful tips on how San Marino might improve the selection for next year.
What do you think of the addition of Basti as a backing vocalist? Do you like that they’re choosing from the 1 in 360 family? And do you like how German the act is shaping up to be? Let us know down below.