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San Marino reveals experienced professional jury for online selection

San Marino’s worldwide online selection has revealed more details this morning, thanks to production partners 1in360.com. A three-person jury, including Eurovision winner Måns Zelmerlöw, has been announced alongside additional information about the submission process.

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As we previously reported, SMRTV and 1in360.com will announce a shortlist of 10 entrants in December 2017. We now know the trio who will create this shortlist.

Eurovision Song Contest 2015 champion, Måns Zelmerlöw, is one third of the jury which will select the ten entrants which move forwards to the next stage of the competiton.

He will be joined by former fan favourite ZOË, who represented Austria at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 with “Loin d’ici”, earning a suprising qualification and ultimately finishing 13th in the Final.

The final member of the three-person jury is famous British radio DJ Dave Berry who hosted the acclaimed breakfast show for Capital London for 5 years from 2012 to 2017 before moving to the weekday drive-time 4pm-7pm slot on Absolute Radio this month.

Cover versions rather than original songs

With additional information coming at us thick and fast from 1in360.com, it has now been noted that the production company are asking for entrants to submit a cover version of any song. This is because at this stage, they are looking for talented singers as a song will then be selected at a later date. There is no further confirmation as to the procedure for selecting a song.

The entry criteria for artists to be in consideration is either 100 likes on their video or a fee of €4,99. It is argued that this is effectively crowd-funding the Sammarinese entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, depending on the overall number of entries received.

San Marino at the Eurovision Song Contest

Will this revolutionary new method of selection change the fortunes of the micro-state at Eurovision itself? After only one qualification to the Grand Final thanks to Valentina Monetta’s third attempt in 2015 with “Maybe”, can this new format gain a second qualification to the final next May in Lisbon, Portugal?

Let us know what you think in the comments below. Do you think this will send San Marino to another Eurovision final? Is there another selection method the micro-state could use in the future? Would you like to see Valentina Monetta return for a fifth entry? Keep in touch with us on social media @ESCXTRA.

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Nathan Waddell

I am the Editor in Chief of ESCXTRA, a huge Melodifestivalen fan and love sports. You can find me singing along to Scandinavian Eurovision entries, listening to the latest chart music on Spotify or watching the football and tennis on two different screens at once.

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