San Marino: Valentina Monetta releases “Facebook (Uh, Oh, Oh)”
The microstate of San Marino was one of the last countries to announce their performer for Baku, and they seem to have found it in local singer Valentina Monetta! In a press conference today, the Sanmarinese delegation released the Ralph Siegel-penned ode to social networking, “Facebook (Uh, Oh, Oh)”.
Ironically, it is one of the oldest Republics on the planet that has the youngest track record in Eurovision. Only debuting in 2008 (the same year as Azerbaijan), and then withdrawing from the contest until 2011, San Marino has yet to break through to the Finals. I highly doubt that this will be the entry to get them to the Saturday night show. Furthermore, the song might come up against one of the established rules set by the European Broadcasting Union, in which commercial messages and advertising in songs is strictly forbidden. In fact, the lyrics of the 1987 entry from Sweden was forced to change from “Fyra bugg och en Coca-Cola (Four chewing gums and a Coca-Cola)” to “Boogaloo, dansa rock’n rolla (Boogaloo, dancing rock ‘n’ roll)” for that same reason.
Whether or not the EBU dismisses this song at next week’s Head of Delegation meeting, at the very least, “Facebook” seems to violate the boundaries of taste…