She’s Baaaack…Valentina goes for the Three-Peat
We haven’t even had time to get over 2013’s round of PED, but fans are already eagerly looking ahead to what will happen in Denmark next May. Unlike this past year’s announcements from Sanmarinese broadcaster SMRTV, where we had to wait until January for an artist and until March for a song, the delegation from the Serenissima Repubblica have not only anonunced their participation in 2014, but they’ve revealed their performer: 2012 and 2013 alum Valentina Monetta, likely with yet another Ralph Siegel composition.
She’ll be the first lead artist to perform in three consecutive Eurovisions since Austria’s Udo Jürgens struck gold in 1966 with “Merci, Cherie“. (That pool is a bit deeper if you add backing singers to the mix; most recently, Iceland’s Hera Björk sang backing in 2008 and 2009 before her starring turn in Oslo.)
In a way, we really shouldn’t be surprised! Over the past two years, Valentina has proven herself to be a consistently talented performer with a strong vocal capacity, even if she’s not given the appropriate vehicle to showcase her abilities. When we saw her croon about Facebook (pardon, “Social Networking”!) in Baku, she delivered the country its highest score. She beat that high-water-mark even further the next year, bringing San Marino within spitting distance of the Grand Final with fan-favorite “Crisalide”. Simply put, she knows how the Eurovision system works, even if victory (or even qualification) eludes her. She’s been through the press scrum twice, has a feel for the rehearsal process, and knows how to bring the house down at the Sanmarinese Party, which has become one of the hottest tickets in town during Euroweek. But will it be enough?
(And let’s be honest here…it’s San Marino, population 32,000. It’s not like there’s a massive pool of local artists to pull from.)
Of course, it’s way too early to discuss her eventual song. If Ralph Siegel does end up being the composer of the entry, the genres of his past contributions have ranged from ballads to pop to ethno and back again, with Valentina’s own musical wheelhouse incorporating more jazz-infused tunes. The customary “opening date” for ESC songs to be revealed is September 1st, just under two and a half months away, and details on an actual song don’t technically need to be revealed until the March Head of Delegation Meeting, a staggering nine months away. Let’s see what the next few eons hold, shall we?