Emma Sandström and Franklin Calleja among 11 hopefuls in San Marino

Eleven acts are in the running to represent San Marino at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. All these artists will sing two songs, devided in two semi finals.

There are two artists with previous Eurovision experience. Emma Sandstrom took part in the Finnish national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 with the song ‘Circle of light‘. Franklin Calleja started his quest for Eurovision in 2013, when he participated for the first time in the Maltese national selection. He made several appearances since.

The first show will take place on 9th February with the second the following week on 16th February. The final, to be held on 3rd March, will be broadcast live from Bratislava.

The winner will be chosen by a combination of jury and online voting. The online vote will open on 23rd February 2018 and extend through to the end of the final on 3rd March. Visit the website for more information about the national selection.

The 11 candidates for San Marino at Eurovision 2018

Below are the names of the eleven artists that have made the cut in San Marino and the two song titles they will perform in the shows:

Camilla North (Norway) – Free Yourself & Yo No Soy Tu Chika
Emma Sandstrom (Finland) – Diamonds & Hold On
Franklin Calleja (Malta) – Best Years of Our Lives & Stay
Irol (San Marino) – Stuck Without You & Sorry
Jennifer Besky (Germany) – Sorry & Until The Morning Light
Giovanni Montalbano (Italy) – Best Years Of Our Lives & Immenso
Jessika (Malta) – Who We Are & Out Of The Twilight
Judah Gavra (Israel) – Stay & Moonlight
Sara de Blue (Austria) – Until The Morning Light & Out Of The Twilight
Sebastian Schmidt (Germany) – Moonlight & Stay
Tinashe Makura (Zimbabwe) – We Are One & Free Yourself

Format of the preselection in San Marino for Eurovision 2018

In the first two shows, the candidates will perform acoustic versions of their songs, and the judges will provide feedback. At the end of the second show, the judges will pick one song for each candidate, of which the candidates will perform a fully produced version in the final. The live performances from the first two shows will be released as an album and as digital downloads on 19th February 2018.

The judges are Vince Bugg (dancer and choreographer), Neon Hitch (singer and songwriter) and Zoë Straub, who represented Austria in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.