Since 1in360 debuted as San Marino’s national final for Eurovision 2018, fans have been wondering if and when the format will return. Now organisers have given an update which hints at a possible future for the song contest.
On the 1in360 Facebook page, show producers told fans that “things have been non-stop over here.” They went on to explain that “Our original plan for a repeat of last year hit a snag about a month ago. So we decided to instead focus on finding a media partner to set up a much bigger show for 2020 (bigger always takes longer to plan).”
But now something has happened that means 1in360 might not be taking a year off. The post continued, “there’s now a chance that a bigger version might already happen for 2019. Talks are ongoing, and we may or may not have something to announce in the next couple of weeks.”
Sorry for the radio silence. We know we owe you guys an update on 1in360. It's not that we've been lazy or lost…
While San Marino’s broadcaster SMRTV has not yet publicly confirmed for Eurovision 2019, it seems that they are not interested in renewing their partnership with 1in360.
So the question is, if 1in360 is not going to be used as San Marino’s selection this season, who might they partner with instead?
Some countries have confirmed for Eurovision 2019 but have haven’t said how they plan to select their act for Tel Aviv. If we rule out countries that are strongly rumoured to be using internal selection or their own national final format, this leaves countries such as FYR Macedonia and Montenegro. Earlier this year, Montenegro was rumoured to have been in talks with 1in360, but it is understood that no agreement was reached.
The other possibility is that the next edition of 1in360 will not be a national final for Eurovision. The show’s format is not dependent on it being a Eurovision national final and it could just as easily function as a national — or international — talent show. Instead of the winner going to Eurovision, they could win a prize package similar to those on the X Factor or The Voice shows.
San Marino and 1in360
1in360 was introduced as San Marino’s national final format for Eurovision 2018, after the microstate had previously used internal selection.
The open policy of 1in360 made it a very popular contest. Well over 500 entries were received from singers around the world, including some who had struggled for years with their own country’s national final.
However, the show’s format was criticised for attracting fake entries and for the wildcard competition being manipulated through false YouTube views.
In the end, 11 singers were selected for the competition. They performed versions of 15 songs written especially for the show. At the grand final, Maltese singer Jessika and German rapper Jenifer Brening won with “Who We Are”. The song went on to place second to last in its semi-final, an improvement on San Marino’s 2017 semi-final result.
What do you think? Which country would you like to see use 1in360 as its national final? Or should the format be used as a non-Eurovision talent show? Share your thoughts below!