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Friday, 11 April 2014 17:00

ESC 2014: An In-Depth Review of San Marino

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It has become customary for the escflashmalta.com editorial board to engage professional individuals from the music industry to assess the songs competing in the Eurovision Song Contest as presented to the European Broadcasting Union during the Heads of Delegation Meeting. Martin Isherwood, Deo Grech, Stano Simor and Matt Mercieca from the United Kingdom, Malta and the Czech Republic have been entrusted with the first semi-final, comprising of sixteen songs and set to take place on the 6th May 2014 at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen, Denmark. Making use of the running order and thus moving onto number #12, we catch up with San Marino (SMTV) who will be represented by Valentina Monetta and the song Maybe (Forse) composed by Ralph Siegel to the lyrics of Mauro Balestri.

In her childhood she discovered the love for music, listening in a tireless way to various musical styles, creating and forming over time a specific taste. Although she has not dealt with an academic background, she had studied piano and singing by herself, reaching the same professional high quality. Starting from 1995, she has been working with the best local musicians, becoming a versatile singer with a great talent for improvisation; her voice is both colorful and versatile, ranging from jazz to melodic Italian, from soul to R&B and pop. 

Valentina's artistic versatility has allowed her to deal with varied work experience as a singer, actor and presenter, and she had even composed the music and written the lyrics to her first solo album, a celebratory work of personal and professional balance, releasing the CD, Il Mio Gioco Preferito, recorded with the trio My Funky Valentine (Simone Migani on piano, Massimiliano Castri on drums, Alex Gorbi on bass). In 1995 Valentina started an adventure with her first band Tiberio, and soon thereafter formed the Parafunky. She was also part of the group 2Black, as well as forming the female vocal duo Harem'B. 

In 2012 she took part in the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest in Baku, Azerbaijan, on behalf of San Marino. In March of 2012 she has worked with Fabrizio Raggi staging the show Ma Che Differenza Fa, a tribute to Ornella Vanoni in which Valentina shows her singing and acting talent. In August 2012, still directed by Raggi, she was the protagonist of Camelia, a musical commissioned by UNICEF, in which Valentina presented her songs together with covers of some great Italian singers and songwriters. Her most recent experiences are all with her live band My Funky Valentine. Performing live for Valentina is crucial.


Valentina Monetta, a star in San Marino following her experiences on behalf of the microstate at the Eurovision Song Contest, noting that she is trying to prove herself the third time lucky, having finished in fourteenth place during her first participation in 2012 with The Social Network Song and in eleventh place in 2013 with Crisalide (Vola). Prior to Valentina, San Marino did have other representatives, one of them being Senit back in 2011 as well as the group Miodio. It is worth pointing out that all of the artists have been from the microstate, something that might have not been the case with Luxembourg back in the day.

Professional Critics Voice their Opinion

Rating: 56%

Martin Isherwood: Ok voice, flat in places. Keeps moving, hard to get hold of what it is as it keeps changing and morphing.   This is also a bit Bond theme like in places, starts of all moody and ends up like a 70s disco track with ABBA and Evita, flavours.  Then it just stops - leaving you wondering if she's finished. Not a great song.

Deo Grech: Three times in a row....One must give it to Valentina that she is trying her very best to achieve one of the best results ever not only for herself but also for her beloved San Marino.  Will she make it to the finals?  Maybe!

Stano Simor: One of the few songs that retain the typical ESC style and that's good. Chorus is not strong enough and Valentina rescues this chorus with her brilliant voice. Title MAYBE clearly gets under your skin after the first listening.

Matt Mercieca: hahahaha I don’t know why but I find this song  REALLY funny! I start doing this little dance to it! The backing vocals just kicked in (no comment), it sounds very out dated oh wow now she’s talking to us, nah not for me.

Source: eurovision.tv


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