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San Marino
Semi Final 2
Artist: Valentina Monetta & Jimmie Wilson
Song: Spirit of the Night
Odds: $101

Word of the day:
ripete su di voi - repeats on you
like a questionable pasta sauce

Ralph Siegal
has returned to San Marino and Eurovision with a song that harks back to the era when he first appeared as a song writer at Eurovision. San Marino’s song this year is a lot more upbeat than that first Siegal song for Luxembourg in 1974, but Eurovision was a different contest then. It may have even still been a song contest in 1974.

Another returnee is Valentina Monetta, who keeps saying when won’t return to Eurovision, but here she is. After performing Solo in 2012, 2013 and 2014 (and announcing the Sammarinese votes in 2015), Valentina is now doing a duet with American Jimmie Wilson and this should qualify for the final, after all Valentina’s results at Eurovision were progressively getting better before she completed her series of entries.

Valentina and Jimmie both have a background of reality ‘Talent’ shows. Valentina appeared in the first series of Popstars (Italy) and Jimmie was on the third series of Must Be the Music: Tylko muzyka in Poland. Neither were winners, they were not even close. This song has long odds of $101, which again, is not even close

Out of the three performances on Eurovision, arguably the best was 2013 when Valentina returned to Eurovision after having such a rubbish song to perform in 2012, and showed she was a classy singer. She doesn’t have the used tampon hair that she wears in this year’s Eurovision presentation clip, but she has the red dress…


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