San Marino: “Crisalide” Emerges
Back in late January, Sanmarinese broadcaster SMRTV finally put to rest all of the rumors floating around their supposed participant (including a heavily-circulated rumor regarding 1956 champion/recent Swiss National Final also-ran Lys Assia), and confirmed that 2012’s performer Valentina Monetta would be representing the tiny republic once again, this time with an Italian-language entry entitled “Crisalide (Vola)”. Like 2012’s “The Social Network Song”, the entry was written by veteran composer Ralph Siegel (bringing Siegel’s Eurovision tally up to a staggering 22, starting back in 1974). Unlike last year, “Crisalide” seems much more tailor-made for a performer of Valentina’s genre and experience.
According to the Sanmarinese Delegation, Valentina was a late addition to the “Social Network” cast last year, as the originally-intended performer pulled out at the last-minute. While 2012’s entry was well-performed, the poppy, tongue-in-cheek English-language entry simply didn’t fit a singer in her late-30s who typically specialized in jazz and ballads. It also had the unfortunate tendency to overshadow the singer’s actual vocal talent. It seems that this year’s song will really allow Valentina to come into her own, just as a butterfly might emerge from her cocoon.