Despite organisers of 1in360 confirming interest in continuing with a second series of the selection method that marked the country’s first national final, San Marino RTV has confirmed that they are yet to make a decision on whether they will be participating in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.
San Marino participation uncertain
San Marino RTV (SMRTV), the national broadcaster of the smallest nation in the Eurovision Song Contest, has confirmed that they are yet to make a decision about next year’s contest in Tel Aviv, Israel. This was earlier announced by the broadcaster itself, despite of initial interest by the producers of the 1in360 expressing their desire to run a second series of the show. San Marino’s broadcaster, just like all active EBU broadcasters, has until October to confirm whether they will be participating in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Israel.
Last year saw San Marino hold their first ever televised selection process for the Eurovision Song Contest. 1in360 was used as an online selection process which saw over 1000 singers submit videos of either original songs or covers. This marked also the first ever national selection process for the micro state for Eurovision since the country has always chosen the singer and song internally. The show culminated in a live final which was held in Bratislava, Slovakia with the winner determined by online voting and a jury.
It is uncertain whether this selection process will be used in 2019, if San Marino will participate.
San Marino in the Eurovision Song Contest
San Marino has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 9 times, debuting in the 2008 song contest, followed by participation from 2011 onward. Having failed to qualify in their first four attempts, San Marino qualified for the Eurovision final for the first time in 2014. Valentina Monetta represented San Marino in 2012, 2013 and 2014, making her the first Sanmarinese singer to participate in three consecutive contests.
Watch below the San Marino Eurovision entry from this year in Lisbon.
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