She’s back! Valentina Monetta and Jimmie Wilson will sing “Spirit of the night” for San Marino

Uh-oh, uh-oh-ohhhhh! On March 12 the Eurobubble burst with excitement as San Marino revealed that Eurovision icon Valentina Monetta will return to the contest for a fourth time.

The 42-year-old Sammarinese singer previously took the beautiful Republic to the final in 2014 with “Maybe”. That followed two previous attempts with 2012’s “The Social Network song (Oh oh-uh-oh oh)” and 2013’s “Crisalide (Vola)”. She is the country’s only artist ever to make the final — and following two years of non-qualification, San Marino is keen to taste the Saturday night show once more.

Valentina won’t be alone in Kyiv. As previously reported, San Marino wanted to spice things up with a duet and has selected the American singer and performer Jimmie Wilson.

Born in Detroit, Jimmie studied acting in Hollywood and had his first major role in Sisterella, a musical produced by the late Michael Jackson. After the European tour of “Sisterella”, he started a life for himself in Germany and has subsequently starred as Barack Obama in the musical “Hope”. Could Valentina one day play Michelle in the revival?

Written and composed by Ralph Siegel, San Marino’s entry “Spirit of the Night” is an addictive eurodance track with lyrics by Steven Barnacle and Jutta Staudenmayer.

Announcing the act, San Marino RTV stressed a three-prong strategy: passion, music and entertainment.


San Marino debuted at Eurovision in 2008 with Miodio and the song “Complice”. The microstate subsequently withdrew in 2009 and 2010, but returned in 2011 with the song “Stand By”, performed by the Italian singer of Eritrean descent Senhit. The entry placed 16th out of 19 in semi-final one.

Valentina Monetta entered the contest in 2012, 2013 and 2014, taking San Marino to its first and, so far, only final in 2014 with “Maybe”.

The country missed the Saturday night show yet again in 2015 and 2016, although on the latter occasion they came painfully close. Serhat’s “I Didn’t Know” finished 12th in semi-final one.

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