That's right, a massive 84 artists will compete in the emerging acts phase of the new Sammarinese national final, shortlisted to participate in the casting round set to be held between December 13 and 15 at the Teatro Titano in San Marino.
These 84 acts come from more than 200 submissions into the emerging artists category. The acts come from twenty-six countries around the world, and they have been invited to participate in an academy that will act as the preliminary casting round for the competition.
The acts performing on Day 1 on December 13:
Pascale Filomena Pia
March. & Kiera Chaplin
Giovanni & Tinashe
Joe Romano & TheStolenClipper
Jack Marsina & Sara De Blue
Secondo e Rosanna duo
Jessica Anne Condon
Nanowar Of Steel
Mattia Di Bernardo
The acts performing on Day 2 on December 14:
Williams Leslie Yapi
Laura Maria Giuliani
Giorgio Borghes Aka Claudia F
Maria Chiara Leoni
Elisa Del Prete
Ylva & Linda
Garon x Duan
The acts performing on Day 3 on December 15:
Each act will be given a total of 12 minutes to impress the judges in this first academy round. A second academy and casting round will take place in early January.
Following these two rounds, the selected artists will go into a series of seven shows in February. These will consist of four semi-finals, a second chance round, and a final for the emerging artists. This will then go on into a Grand Final, where nine of the emerging artists will compete against nine big artists, who will be directly invited to the competition.
Looking at the list of competing artists, some Eurovision fans will notice the inclusion of Sara de Blue. The Austrian artist took part in the Austrian national final in 2016, but failed to make it into the final. She also competed in San Marino's previous national final, '1 in 360', where she placed second.
Other notable performers include Munich-based Brazilian pop singer-songwriter Gisele Abramoff, Italian comedy heavy metal band Nanowar of Steel, and Greek-American singer Panagiotis Tsakalakos (who won 'Greek Idol' in 2011),