San Marino 2018 🇸🇲 our review for the 11 finalists
After the second show of 1in360 for the San Marino ESC selection, we know what songs will be performed at the finals on 3rd March. The tracks are currently undergoing a full production which are due to be released on 23rd February. Remember you can vote for them in the following poll. But let’s have a look at the chances of all 11 acts as they are now:
Emma Sandström – Diamonds
Finnish Emma Sandström will be performing Diamonds. Emma was a fan favourite at last years Finnish final for Eurovision but didnt get the ticket back then in the end. Diamonds is an interesting track but it lacks something to stand out at this moment. However we have the feeling that in a right finalised production it could be lifted up greatly and surprise in the finals.
Irol feat Basti (Sebastian Schmidt) – Sorry
The only Sanmarinese artist in the finals is Irol MC. He will bring Sorry in duet with Basti or Sebastian Schmidt. Not a bad song, but it would definitely be lost at Eurovision, something that Zoë, one of the judges, seemed to tell it also with not so many words. I feel Irol should have done a song where he performs alone and not in a duo since Irol is much more charismatic on stage then Sebastian. His video’s on youtube proves he has the capacities to bring some very good tracks as a solo artist.
Giovanni Montalbano – Per quello che me da
Italian Giovanni will bring Per quello che me dai. A song that could be very well performed at San Remo festival. I must say not a bad performance at all, but something is lacking with his stage presence and the song is not that strong in his version. Also the fact that he clearly fraud with the internet vote for the second wildcard but also in some current polls for the San Marino finals would create a very negative vibe for San Marino should he win the ticket to Lisbon.
Basti (Sebastian Schmidt) – Stay
Sebastian will sing also solo the song ‘Stay’ as one of the three artists on 3rd March. I must say this is by far the best original song in the finals overall. However this performance doesn’t give me any goosebumps at all. Basti is surely a good singer but in my opinion he is not ready for an ESC-stage and something is lacking on the stage, i just don’t feel it here. No chance here unfortunately. It would have been a total different story if he had been awarded his other song in the competition, Moonlight.
Judah Gavra – Stay
The second artist to sing Stay is Israeli Judah Gavra who we all still know from KDAM with the uptempo track ‘We’re beautiful’ which is still beloved under the Eurofan community. Judah sings the song much better than Basti and puts a warm aspect to the track. Somehow i feel that with his other song ‘Moonlight’ Judah would have got more chance to represent San Marino in Lisbon. However a good performance though from a very confident artist and let’s see for the final production of his version of the best song in the competition.
Tinashe – Free yourself
Zimbabwe based Tinashe is bringing the reggae style ‘Free yourself’. This is the typical track that you might hear on a summer evening while drinking some cocktails. But unfortunately it stays there as the track would not do anything on Eurovision stage. Pity as Tinashe seems a real musician who deserves better.
Jessika Muscat feat Irol – Who we are
Jessika Muscat from Malta will bring ‘Who we are’. I do have a big problem with this song. There were already assumptions that parts of an older song from Irol ‘Cardiopalma’ is used in this track. However the scandal becomes bigger as the chorus has extremely big similarities with Heroes, the winning ESC-song from Mans Zemerlöw. Listen very good to the start of the chorus at 54sec and then to Heroes at 39sec (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sGOwFVUU0I). So this is definitely one of the two tracks in the finals facing huge problems should it be chosen at the San Marino entry for ESC. However i believe it will not come that far with ‘Who we are’ which is too weak to stand even a chance.
Sara De Blue – Out of the twillight
Next one is austrian Sara De Blue with twilight. This is the second track that has a big problem regarding possible and likely plagiarism claims. If you hear the beginning of the song it is completely the same as Apollo from Timebelle the 2017 Swiss entry. You can hear this from yourself here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrNPRfS9Sbg. Sara is undoubtably a very good singer, but this claim puts her in a very dangerous position. Moreover even being a good singer, she seems to give the looks and feeling of being an Icequeen on stage and doesn’t seem very media-friendly, something San Marino absolutely needs in order to get positive vibes and interest from the media and public.
Jenifer Brenning – Until the morning light
German Jennifer Brenning is bringing ‘Until the morning light’. Jennifer is definately a good singer but again this is a quiet weak song which cannot do anything on Eurovision. And honestly like Jennifer there will be several similar female artists at Eurovision who will stand out much better. So better luck next time Jennifer as you deserve a better song surely!
Franklin Calleja – Stay
Maltese based Franklin Calleja is the third male artist who is performing ‘Stay’. This is in my opinion without any doubt the best and most intense version of the song. Here we completely believe what Franklin is singing with all his heart. We bet this could be San Marino’s best shot to get to the finals and possibly do very well at Eurovision. As surely the singer would be standing out with his special voice timber that would not remain unmarked in Lisbon. And clearly the jury was extremely positive with Zoë saying is singing like an angel and Ladi stating that Malta should be proud to have such an artist and Alessandro, the head of delegation saying it’s time for Franklin to move from Malta.
Camilla North – Yo no soy tu chica
The last one is Camilla North with the song Yo no soy tu chica. Unlike the title would think, it is mostly sung in english. It’s a happy feeling song and Camilla does it more then properly, but somehow we feel this does not represent Camilla 100%. And it’s too much a typical song that you risk people would use to take a drink in the kitchen while waiting whats coming next.
So this is it for now. Let us see how the final productions will sound and hope that San Marino and 1in360 makes the right decision to finally do well once in the Finals of Eurovision!