San Marino’s quest to find a Eurovision star for 2018 got under way last month with the launch of the online selection process 1in360. The website and broadcaster have released a long list of applicants who have progressed to the next stage and there are a few familiar faces among the contenders.
On Sunday night the 14th edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest took place in Malta’s Mediterranean Conference Centre in the city’s capital Valletta. The competition was won by Georgia’s Mariam Mamadashvili and her song ‘Mzeo’. The result means that Georgia are now the most successful nation at Junior Eurovision having also won in 2008 and 2011.
San Marino is the smallest nation currently competing in Eurovision. As such, they have limited resources from which to choose their entries from. In their six attempts since 2008, Valentina Monetta has represented them three times. Her third attempt in 2014 with ‘Maybe’ gave them their best result- 24th place, the only time that they have qualified for the final. San Marino’s other acts includedMichele Perniola & Anita Simoncini in 2015, Senit in 2011 and Miodio in 2008.