Valentina Monetta has unveiled her Eurovision 2013 song “Crisalide”. We’ve read the English translation and the lyrics don’t contain a single reference to cyber sex or Facebook. We’re thoroughly impressed!

Valentina won the hearts of the Wiwi Jury in 2012 with her song “The Social Network”. Back then Valentina was an innocent newbie performing bubble gum pop. In an interview with William and Vebooboo she said she had never left her country before! This year she has matured into a woman and brings a ballad full of fire and passion. That’s the whole idea behind “Crisalide” (that’s chrysalis in English). The title refers to the hard covering that a butterfly sheds when it’s developing into something beautiful—just like Valentina.

“Transforming oneself is wonderful, respecting yourself, your nature, and your talent,” Valentina said while unveiling the song. “It’s necessary.”

I love that she’s singing in Italian. I love that through some clever rhythm changes this ballad becomes a dance song. This is in my Top 5!

English translation

Sometimes inside me
I felt a vacuum that
Was calling me inside of it
Come now, to see the truth
There’s a bridge on the immensity
What am I, after all?
God’s fragile dream
With a body made in this way?
Big eyes, color, living we die
Snowing for the eternity
Fly, fly, and the strength will arrive
Always alone
To another freedom
The new butterfly always left behind
The chrysalis that you were
Empty, without me
From the clouds, we know
The rain will fall
Suddenly, it will happen
That wet wings
With teardrops that can’t be dried
Then, the wind will come
And you fly, fly, fly away from yourself
Always alone, to you
A reflex will appear
In the mirror that steals the image
In a thousand pieces of vertigo
The light will spark
How much life there is
I never realized it
And if you still don’t know
We are the universe
Fly, and the strength will arrive
Never alone in the real freedom
The new butterfly always left behind
The chrysalis that you were
Empty, without me
Fly, in the joy you’ll never be alone
In the immensity of us
Suddenly, the love
Like a new sun
Will change everything
Fly, fly, fly with me.

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Gavin
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WOW! LOVE IT. Please make it reach the final! Could it win? Valentinia is lovely, diverse, feisty, sassy and exciting. Fingers crossed for San Marino. X

Riku Ranta
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I can (almost) forgive Ralph all those awful songs he composed over the last decades, Crisalide is a masterpiece which should qualify for the final. It’s a strange year, so many countries that are usually among the bottom 10 have so great entries this year!

Zolan
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Zolan

Really pleased that Valentina gets to present a song that lets her sing this time.
It’s not jazz, but the simple backing allows her nuanced expression to show through.
The switch from 3/4 to 4/4 opens a fresh chapter in the song, nicely parallelling the theme.

Scott Ramsay
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Scott Ramsay

Just goes to show Ralph Siegel can still write an awesome song…should place well.

Nirgal
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Nirgal

Just when we thought Valentina couldn’t troll us more than she did last year, here she comes with something absolutely amazing (seriously, for me this is THE song of the year) to prove that if she gave us… well, what she gave us last year, it was just because she felt like it.

I’m loving this SO MUCH…

Simmon from
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Simmon from

vote Romanian song to Eurovision
this song is amazing
UNIQUE VOICE AND SONG
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5KinC75ohM
VOTE ROMANIA TO EUROVISION

Simmon from
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Simmon from

vote Romanian song to Eurovision
this song is amazing
UNIQUE VOICE AND SONG

Alexander Green
Guest

Really good song, perhaps San Marino’s first qualification to the final.

Anthony Ko
Editor

My word. Like Swansea City’s Michu, this song is definitely tipped to be the surprise package this year!

Mo Comfort
Guest

Dare I say it’s the nearest this year gets to “Suus” and I really don’t think that is a bad thing at all, I absolutely love this and if I’m honest I would love this to win the whole thing. Surely it should qualify to the final, and I hope it makes at least top 10.

And I think honestly if this doesn’t qualify I think it will be a while before we see San Marino return to the contest, in fact I don’t think they ever will if they don’t make the final.

Edre
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Edre

I translated the song in the afternoon 😀 In some parts it’s a bit weird, but don’t worry, it’s so also for Italian-speakers. Sometimes inside me I felt a vacuum that Was calling me inside of it Come now, to see the truth There’s a bridge on the immensity What am I, after all? God’s fragile dream With a body made in this way? Big eyes, color, living we die Snowing for the eternity Fly, fly, and the strength will arrive Always alone To another freedom The new butterfly always left behind The chrysalis that you were Empty, without me… Read more »