San Marino RTV has confirmed participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. The broadcaster will select their next representative for the next year’s edition through a European-wide competition in cooperation with 1 in 360 Ltd., London based company.
San Marino will select its next Eurovision representative for the first time externally, so all interested candidates from the country and Europe can send their videos of them performing songs on the official website of 1 in 360, original tracks will also be considered. The submissions will be open from October 21 to November 30, 2017. A few days after the application period is closed, a professional jury panel of 1 in 360 will shortlist 10 entries that will compete in the first out of the seven live recorded shows that will be aired online and via satellite TV. Up to three of the ten candidates will be selected by a wildcard procedure whose details will be revealed later. It’s interesting to highlight that some parts of the shows will be filmed and broadcast in 360 and virtual reality.
The winners of each show will be decided by a mix of jury decision and televoting. The three candidates with the most votes in the live shows will be given original songs selected internally in consultation with them to compete in the national final, which will take place by the end of February. The overall winner, which will be selected by public vote, will be given the right to represent San Marino in Lisbon and a record deal.
You can find the full set of rules and further details here.