18 December 2017

With a population of just over 33,000 – San Marino has always had a hard time to find an act to represent them at the Eurovision Song Contest. All the songs which they took part with have been produced internationally – and from eight participations in the contest, only three performers from the tiny microstate have taken to the Eurovision stage as lead performers. With this in mind, it is no surprise that San Marino RTV, in collaboration with UK company “Raff Raff Ltd.” have launched their search to find the so called “Internet candidate” for next year’s Eurovision Song Contest – set to be held next May in Lisbon, Portugal. 

The aptly named contest “1 in 360” (1in360.com) invited performers from all corners of the world to take part in the Sammarinese selection process. To be in contention, interested persons were invited between October and November to be in contention for the process. A reported 1000 entries were received from approximately 80 countries – nineteen of those entries came from Maltese singers. 

From the entries received, ten of them will make it to the live shows of the competition - set to take place between January and February next year. One of the final ten spots will be reserved for a Sammarinese artist, another will be selected from the vote of OGAE clubs across Europe, whilst the third will be given to the performer with the most “hearts” on the 1in360 online platform. The remaining seven spots will be chosen by the 1in360 organising team, in consultation with San Marino RTV. 

Right now at the time of writing, the voting window is open to determine the candidate with the most votes on the 1in360 website – who will gain a spot in the final ten for the San Marino selection. Voting in this stage is open until midnight on December 10th. Below we introduce the Maltese candidates for the selection – to vote for them, click on their names and click the love heart in the top left corner of the screen. 

Dario & Grecia Bezzina

Gail Attard

Nicole Azzopardi 

Jessika

Franklin Calleja

Dario Mifsud Bonnici

Dominic Cini

Lyndsay Pace

Victoria Sciberras

Maria Cassar

Sebastian Calleja

Ozzy Lino

Clinton Paul 

Malcolm Pisani

Kieran Richard Wilson

Kyle Zarb

Dan Muscat

Mark Anthony Bartolo

Aleandro Pace Tahir

Jamie Sghendo

The final line-up for the San Marino Eurovision selection is expected to be determined by the end of the year. Whether or not a Maltese performer will be part of the lineup remains to be seen – but if this did happen, it would not be the first time that a Maltese artist was part of the Eurovision selection in another country; back in 2007, sisters Natasha and Charlene made it to the Bulgarian selection with the song “Open Your Eyes”. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even through Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news about the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. 

Source: escflashmalta.com, San Marino RTV, 1in360. 

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