San Marino in Eurovision Song Contest Odds
San Marino announced their act for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017; it’s the return of Valentina Monetta; only this time she’s accompanied by Jimmie Wilson on this exciting club track “Spirit Of The Night”.
Bringing a bit of life to the Eurovision Song Contest 2017; this song is the dance tune we need, to liven up this competition. Valentina Monetta & Jimmie Wilson bring an energy that we weren’t expecting for this song, totally nailing the harmonies; hopefully, they’ll deliver just as well on the Eurovision stage.
The music video is set in a club; where Valentina Monetta dances away on the dancefloor, whilst Jimmie Wilson makes eyes at her. They later find each other, as we all do in clubs, and dance together on the dancefloor. At the end, we see them together, on a balcony, ready to leave.
Jazz singer Valentina was born in San Marino and is to date, the only artist from San Marino to qualify for the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest. She represented San Marino in 2012, 2013 and 2014 and she's back again in 2017! Valentina currently performs with her band My Funky Valentine and also collaborates with a band called Live Tropical Fish.
As for Jimmie Wilson, he’s an American singer from Detroit, Michigan. He studied acting in Hollywood and played in the Michael Jackson-produced Sisterella. He then went to live in Germany to play Barack Obama in Hope! – Das Obama Musical. In 2012, he appeared in the third series of the Polish version of Must Be The Music, where he was eliminated in the semi-finals.
"Spirit of the night" is composed by the German Ralph Siegel and, according to the television of the microstate, the song shows the same fun that one can experience in a discotheque because the video transports to Club P1 of Munich. This up-tempo song is a pure Siegel work of art: very Eurovisionesque, a bit outdated, made to please Eurofans of the 1980’s. This is his 24th Eurovision entry (!!!).Back in January, the national broadcaster called foreign producers for help in order to send an entry to the contest. For the 5th time, the German veteran could not ignore the sanmarinese call. In addition, the vocal force of Jimmie and Valentina is one of the differential factors that make the San Marino musical theme a good candidate to win Eurovision 2017.
The European network has dismissed San Marino's televort proposal so that the small country would have the same opportunities to vote as the rest of European competitors despite not having a telephone network and its own area code.The refusal has caused discomfort among the inhabitants of San Marino, whose vote will be mixed with the final result of other European countries as it happened in Eurovision 2016.
Last year, San Marino failed to qualify for the grand final with Turkish born singer Serhat. After only being 12 points away from qualification, SMRTV are hoping that Valentina Monetta and her partner Jimmie Wilson, who are going to perform in the second half of the second semi-final, will do a better job in Kiev.
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