At the start of San Marino’s Eurovision song, Jessika stands centre stage wearing a dark cape. But as the beat picks up and the lights begin to flash, her backing dancers remove it to show us who she is. And our girl is gorgeous and strong! Her vocals were on-point and she served major face, no doubt causing some Maltese fans to ask, “Why hasn’t she represented us yet?” Today she wore a glittering sweatsuit — this obviously isn’t her stage costume — which may have contributed to her obvious comfort.

Jenifer’s rap segment came off more polished and less aggressive than it has in the past. Wearing a pantsuit, she served secretarial realness as she marched with confidence down the outer ring of the stage. She also contributes more to the vocals and chorus, dropping some decent harmonies with Jessika. In one of the more bizarre moments of Eurovision thus far, a robot holds up a sign that says, “Will you marry me?” Jessika accepts. Another robot holds a a sign that says “I’m not your robot!” — an obvious play on Eurovision favourite Netta from Israel.

Points for concern? They need to charge the batteries on their ‘bots, as at one point one of them stopped moving. The backing dancers don’t really dance. They seem to flail their arms like they’re leading a Zumba class — or like they’ve drunk a little too much Jesus juice and are in their living rooms letting loose.

Jessika feat. Jenifer Brening — “Who We Are”: Reviews and Reaction

San Marino: First rehearsal at Eurovision 2018

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38 Comments on "San Marino: Jessika & Jenifer Brening dance with robots during first rehearsal"

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Maria
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Why do they put those robots on the stage? People already told they dont like them, cause it looks really stupid.
But they dont care. Without robots would be better.

AngieP
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This is too cheesy for me. I didn’t like the robots from the first time, I don’t like them now. I find the staging cheap.

Vrede
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You know what? This song gets stuck in my head forever. I despise Jeni B’s part. But the chorus is catchy and Jessika sells the song very well. [I never thought I’d be saying this]: Borderline qualifier hennies!

Apple
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Am I the only one who gets reminded of Sara de Blue’s final outfit when I see Jessika’ s black cape thing? Sara’s was white and this one is black so it kinda feels like she’s saying she’s the anti-Sara to me. Honestly, I kinda like it for that reason. This is probably the most self-aware performance this year. San Marino knows their chances aren’t great so they’re just going to have fun and make sure the 3 minutes they have the stage will be 3 minutes of enjoyment for the viewers. Still not a fan of the song, but… Read more »
Ulises
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San Marino will definitely qualify and it’ll be the shock of semifinal 2 because one or two favourites will not make it.

Apple
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Semifinal 2 is so open I wouldnt be surprised to see this qualify

brennan
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what hath God wrought?

ted
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The strongest part of this song is it’s catchy chorus but I hear “Heroes” by Mans in it so much.
“And when we rise and when we fall, woh-oh”
“We are the heroes of out time, woh-oh.
Jessika has a lovely smile but why have they staged this like a limp BGT audition?

Sabrina
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I always try to be positive or at least constructive when I comment here, but San Marino keeps challenging me on this matter. So I’ll follow Olivier2’s gracious steps and move on to the next post.

Apple
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This is so bad it’s good

Stephanie
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Oh, what could have been if Sara had won 1in360 over those two. San Marino’s loss is hopefully Austria’s gain next year

you know you
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Netta (woman point of view) = I’m not your toy
San Marino (man point of view) = I’m not your robot
Question:
Do you think San Marino just protested against metoo?

Miguel
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Oh no! The robots are back!!!
The outfits are horrible. It’s like they were too lazy to change after the morning gym routine…
Everything looks very unprofessional sadly. I don’t see San Marino qualifying.
I feel sorry for the girls…

Ghhfy
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Those girls seem so nice and they can sing, they deserve a better song and stageing

P!nk Forever
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Zoë Straub is quaking!

Donald duck
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I like San Marino , after see the sesam street lesson from Norway , everything looks nicer

Geeky Monky
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And that’s exactly why Rybak is starting the second semi-final.

Donve
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I will actually vote for this one! 1385 times better than Romania and Serbia.

Vrede
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Zoom zoom zoom zoom, yeah!

please
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Loool ,they brought the creepy robots.

Héctor
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This is even worse than I expected! San Marino better stop wasting money like this. Don’t get me wrong, the more countries participating, the better, but this is very trashy. It looks like San Marino is just trolling us. Last place is coming.

Marcelo
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Maybe Liechtenstein would take San Marino’s place or maybe we see Slovakia back.

gina
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Where is Basti, the backing vocalist, why is he hidden? I think robots are cute, but the human dancers have no place there.

Mei
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This is hilarious

Mika
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I don’t want to say a lot but is San Marino really trying it’s hardest to not qualify? The performance looks dreadful.

Rasmus
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Yeah… I can say it like this: Macedonia have had som big chances in the past but messed it up with horrible stagings like 2015 for example. San Marino have had horrible songs the most of the times and this year is no exception. I think both of them should take a Bulgaria break and come back with new ideas:). Those 2 are quite hopeless sadly every year :(. I think both of them will end dead last in their semis.

Kyna
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oh San Marino God bless you…

Talentina Monetta
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Glad to see that the robots are back!

Jo.
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“Next year, we might withdraw.”

Andi
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It’s our fault for encouraging them to stay tbh.

Jo.
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First, they took our jobs…now the Eurovision acts. It’s the robot revolution.

Kevinator
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It is a guilty pleasure for me. I think the message is very strong and curtent.

Denis
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Im slowly starting to look forward to how San Marino will react when they once again ends up last in semi. Will they finally leave after threatining to do so ?

Jo.
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They will receive a lot of points from Malta, that might be enough to avoid finishing last.

Denis
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Just because she is from Malta doesn’t mean they will vote for her. And even if they did it’s not like Malta has that many people that it will impact.

Jo.
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I meant it *might* be enough to finish 16th or 17th, which is not, by any means, good.

Yaa
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400k inhabitants but still 12 points

Olivier2
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I really dont know how to make my criticism to sound nice so I’ll just leave at that.