Tel Aviv 2019

1in360 reveals update on future of format

With recent doubts over a return for the unique process which selected San Marino’s Eurovision 2018 entry, 1in360 has now provided an update on its future.

A return for 1in360 in 2019?

Despite stating their intentions to bring back a revamped version of the format in the aftermath of Lisbon, it seems the project had reached an impasse. Almost leading to 1in360 considering sitting out 2019 in order to focus on redeveloping the format for 2020 instead. Last night on the official Facebook page a statement was issued to clarify where the project currently stands.

In summary it seems the producers of the show are in advanced discussions to bring forward plans to expand the format. Indeed if a new media partner to offer financial support in bringing the show to air can be found, then it could be as soon as 2019 for its awaited return. More news on this latest development will be presented by 1in360 the coming weeks. Including how much bigger, bigger means – more shows? Perhaps a relocation from the Bratislava studio to a larger venue? However San Marino’s national broadcaster (SMRTV) has not yet confirmed participation for next years contest in Tel Aviv. So this also leaves a small possibility the format could be an opportunity for another broadcaster.

San Marino in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018

In a busy national final season, San Marino presented one of the most fascinating concepts for its selection. Gathering artists from around the world and engaging in songwriting workshops with the assistance of Zoe Straub, (Austria 2016). After securing their crowdfunding and being second favourites with the jury, it was Jessika feat. Jenifer Brening flying the flag for the microstate in Lisbon. Despite charming the fans with their anti-bullying message and dancing robots, ‘Who We Are’ could only manage 17th place in the second semi final. Thus failing to qualify for the grand final.

How would you improve the format? Who do you want to see enter 1in360 next year? Let us know in the comments and on social media @ESCXTRA

Lisa Bird

My first Eurovision memory was watching 1994 as a hatchling. I've been tapping my talons to the bops and bangers from Europe and beyond ever since! I finally spread my wings to attending the contest in Lisbon 2018 and am now a regular at many events and national finals - especially my regular nest at Eesti Laul.

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