In the many chats I have on Twitter and in my various Eurovision circles, fans keep telling me the same thing: “Valentina Monetta is one of the strongest contenders in next year’s Eurovision.”

All y’all haters out there may be a little puzzled as to why San Marino are using Valentina Monetta for a third time after she failed to qualify for the Grand Final two times in a row. Some say that San Marino believe in “third time lucky”, but others suspect there is a bit more logic to San Marino’s decision.

SMTV As in business, research is required for success at Eurovision. You need to know the competition and you need to know your product. And who can argue that San Marino doesn’t know its product at this point?

They are researching what does well at Eurovision for Valentina’s specific voice. “The Social Network Song” placed 14th place in the semi-final, failing to qualify for the Grand Final. And “Crisalide” placed a more respectful 11th, but still failed to qualify. So San Marino must be taking this into account.They’re probably thinking along the lines of, ‘So, the pop song that was very cheesy did bad and Crisalide, a nice ballad, did better. So let’s send something more catchy, like Crisalide, next year.’ It’s rare for a country to have so many benchmarks with one artist.

In terms of thinking, that’s the right way to go about it. Artist wise, though, sending her a 3rd time in this generation of the Eurovision Song Contest may be a bad idea. We all know that, for some reason, there is hate for returning artists. Then again, Lena still managed to get into the top 10 in her second year.

All I can say on this matter is – go, Valentina! Claim San Marino the Grand Final place they deserve and are itching for! San Marino 2015! And why not consider jazz?

Are you rooting for the “Crisalide” singer next year? I am!

Do you want a song like “The Social Network Song” or a song like “Crisalide” from Valentina in 2014? Hope to hear from you below!

Take a listen of Valentina’s most successful Eurovision entry “Crisalide”:

Jamie Bondason contributed this report from the U.K. Follow him on Twitter @AllThingsESC. You can also keep up with the latest Eurovision news by following the team from wiwibloggs.com on Twitter @wiwibloggs and by liking our Facebook page.

Photo: Valentina Monetta

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Arianna
8 years ago

I hope it’s a song more like Crisalide.. ( I mean she went through that whole image makeover, right??) just without the random change in the middle even though it really caught on for me.. and I loved it haha! But I think it was a weird shock for a majority who was watching it for the first time. She should stick to her talent & send a jazzy sounding song that will make us feel like it’s coming from San Marino.

Anthony
Anthony
8 years ago

2014 could go either way for Valentina. It could be third time lucky for San Marino or Valentina could end up doing a Chiara with a result that is even worse than her previous two attempts. I prefer the former and I really hope it happens.

Julian
Julian
8 years ago

Valentina is on a losing row right now…. Bad singing, bad song, bad producer, bad show…. maybe a little bit of all… 2012 was the most horrifying song in the history of Ev… 2013 a mediocre song and she couldn’t deliver either, she was outside top 10 in both jury and public vote… Something radical is needed…. my 2 cents on that would be to try a duo with another artist for a change.

Alex
Alex
8 years ago

If she sings a jazz song, she could very well hit top 10. That’s her skill, and she’s clearly a skilled performer. With a better draw and the genre that’s home to her, she should be a sure qualifier.

Jorgen Rasmussen
Jorgen Rasmussen
8 years ago

If trends continue, San Marino 2015, yes. Because all previous contestants who participated for 3 consecutive years won at least once. Lys Assia and Corry Brokken both participated in 56-58 and won 56 and 57 respectively for Switzerland and the Netherlands respectively. Udo Jurgens participated 64-66 and won 66 for Austria.

Chris @ Another ESC Site

I think she should go with a three minute Opera aria.

Astrikur
Astrikur
8 years ago

I wonder why anyone can root for her beforehand without knowing the new song. I guess this was about voting for the best songs.
If Ralph Siegel is making the song, you can be worried that he have lost the magic touch.
Sometimes it seems that fans want all the songs to qualify and win. You can love them all but everyone must accept that the songs dont have the same quality.

Oualid
Oualid
8 years ago

In 2012, her song was bland but the performance was amazing.
This year, her song was great but the performance was very average.
But I still believe in her.

takecare
takecare
8 years ago

i liked crisalide too, but i liked other more! and i dont see why we need an article just to find out ones opinion….or is it just to fill up the page

Ian Davis
Ian Davis
8 years ago

If Crisalide failed to qualify despite the reception it got, I doubt San Marino will ever qualify no matter how good of a song they put forward. I want the micronations to do well but sadly some of the big countries can do well no matter what they send and the small ones will always fail.

I think next year may be the last year we will see San Marino in the contest.

Alex
Alex
8 years ago

I didn’t like Valentina’s songs. At all. If San Marino comes up somehow with a good song that deserves to qualify to the final, then I will support her. But…in this moment, I believe that she’s gonna fail again.

Marissa
Marissa
8 years ago

It was so unfair that Valentina didn’t get through to the Final. It was in my personal top 3. I hope Valentina come with a amazing song. I don’t care, i will be rooting for here in Copenhagen, & vote for here ( if i can).