Ahead of Eurovision 2013, a number of journalists mocked San Marino and Valentina Monetta when they discovered that she would give it another go at Eurovision. Then they heard her song “Crisalide”, and suddenly realised that the singer had transformed from a teeny bopper into a woman and fully fledged performer. She hugged her IKEA lamp and lit a fire in thousands of fans’ hearts.

Team Wiwi fell in love with Valentina from the start, but we found ourselves nearly climaxing at the official San Marino party at EuroClub last year. Not because there was enough food to feed the entire San Marinese population for a year, but because Valentina showed us how she can bee-bop and boop-di-boop like no other. She serenaded us with soulful and sensual jazz tunes. The audience sat transfixed as the red-haired vixen worked her magic and spread her wings. We’re serious. Look at the photo that follows!

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Valentina does jazz at the EuroClub in 2013

When we heard that Valentina would enter for a third consecutive time, we were sure she would jazz it up in Copenhagen.  Then came “Maybe”.  Maybe Valentina will make it to the Final. But maybe she has let down a lot of fans along the way.

Let me preface this by saying I do not speak for all the bloggers on this site. Some of them have already told me that “Maybe” is amazing, and that it has elements of jazz, as in the spoken word segment toward the end, that play to Valentina’s strengths. Lots of people love this like the Maltese love a power ballad.

Even so, I can’t help but think a pure jazz number would have stuck out like a Buranovskiye Babushki in a swimsuit contest. And just like one of those babushki, it would have been beautiful and memorable. Europe would have surely channeled votes Valentina’s way, just as they did for Raphael Gualazzi in 2011. And with her tight vocals, Valentina would have challenged the likes of Rona Nishliu for Best Vocals in our Valentina Monetta Awards.

Instead, Valentina has entered with a Walt Disney ballad that might blend in among the rest. My worry is that San Marino will not make the final yet again.

My fellow bloggers on wiwibloggs.com tell me I am wrong—wait for their rebuttal in the coming weeks. I’m hoping that they’re right. If good old Sanna Nielsen in Sweden has taught us any thing, it’s that we should never give up.  And gosh darnit, Valentina, if need be you will have to represent San Marino for the 7th time in  2018! I LOVE YOU.

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Rachel
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I loved Maybe. She should have ended up much higher than she did as there were some truly dismal songs ahead of her.

Victoria
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Victoria

MAYBE is a good song. She will get to the final. 🙂

eurana
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eurana

the televoters ranked Raphael Guallazi 11th. Eric Saade came second in televoting under 2 points, only 2 points behind the winner Azerbaijan (aaarrrg) song

Zolan
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Zolan

@Arianna. Yes, I’ve thought that it’s a bit like they’re joined at the leg in a three-legged race. Neither can go their own way, but without each other they can’t enter at all.
But the added discipline involved might also have enriched the creative process.

Pastora Soler haha
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Pastora Soler haha

JAZZ and VALENTINA = GRAND FINAL

Sadly for us she said in a interview that this is her last time in Euovision 🙁

Arianna
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Valentina would only challenge Rona if Valentina sang in her own genre. And that’s still a bit over an over exaggeration. She’s attached to Siegel since he pays all their travel expenses and what else, therefore no jazzy tune. I prefer her jazz music though which she promotes back home since she seems more at home in that genre. It’s really starting to look like Ralph & Valentina are just using each other lol. Would be nice to see her qualify this year though at least. It’s a nice song, not quite the power Crisalide had, but this one’s consistent,… Read more »

Alex
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Alex

Zolan, it’s true that jazz is largely an untested genre in Eurovision, but there’s potential for some pretty good results with it. Look at how Italy did in 2011, much to the dismay of the BBC commentator who just didn’t get it. Even though Raphael Gualazzi is clearly an extremely talented musician, nobody was expecting him to do nearly that well. (Even if you ignore the claims that the EBU instructed juries to vote for Italy, the televoters ranked him 11th.)

Robyn
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Robyn

I said this on another post, but I think Valentina is the spirit of Eurovision. She’s fabulous. “Maybe” is good, but I’d really love to see her singing a song that plays to her strengths.

Zolan
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Zolan

I’m on both sides of this question. First, “Maybe” is beautifully composed and delivered. It seems that Monetta and Siegel have acheived a stylistic rapprochement that plays to both of their strengths. And this is good Siegel; classical craftsmanship for modern listeners. It is winning material, both in ESC terms and as radio pop. I’m very pleased to have made this song’s aquaintance. She is however in a tough situation this year. Her semifinal is ballad-heavy, with few contestable slots for minor players. At least she alone will be remembered by televoters. On reaching the final she may well be… Read more »

Easpag
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Easpag

@Leon and Alex

Lys Assia and Corry Brokken both performed at Eurovision 3 times in a row, both of them from 1956-58.

Lys, Corry and Udo all won the competition at least once, will Valentina follow them?

Alex
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Alex

@Leon: Yes, there has been another. Udo Jurgens represented Austria three consecutive times from 1964 to 1966.

I have to agree with Vebooboo on this one. It just sounds like another Ralph Siegel composition to me. He and San Marino’s broadcaster should have known to leave it to another composer this time.

Her voice is fine for this classical-styled pop music, but she’s really a jazz singer at heart. And her jazz recordings have gotten a lot of praise. So it really confuses me that they insisted upon this style of song.

Leon
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Leon

Has there been an artist who did Eurovision three years back to back? This must be a record? No. Anyway, let’s hope she gets her wish, makes it to the final (highly doubt it).

NargizAZ.
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NargizAZ.

I would like if she would try with jazz song this time, I love it! She is a great singer, she deserves much better song than “Maybe”, I think!!

Shaun Micallef
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Shaun Micallef

I don’t think Valentina should have gone for Jazz! This song is another powerful ballad which should be in the top 5 again!!! I have to admit, Crisalide was a stronger song, but who cares?? Now it’s something different! For some strange reason, the public are not getting the track yet and “Maybe” she peaked too soon with Crisalide. Does that make “Maybe” a weak contender to the finals? No!!! So the public better vote to get San Marino into the finals because if Valentina won’t, no one will!!

Digi
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Digi

If you want to say, in 2008 Valentina Monetta had planned to perform at the Eurovision Song Contest 2008. If he represented San Marino in 2008 instead Miodio, then in 2012, 2013, and 2014 he performed. He will be the first singer who performed 4 times, it’s not impossible she will perform at the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2015. If so, Vale will be a Eurovision singer who performed 4 times and also consecutive. We Proud You Valentina Monetta. You’re Winner in Eurovision Song Contest 2014 and San Marino come to Host of Eurovision Song Contest 2015. Forza Valentina… Read more »

Melissa J
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I’m hoping that “Maybe” she’ll partner up with Michele Perinola for 2015! He’ll be old enough for adult Eurovision by then. Can you imagine how amazing they’d be together?

SpirK
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SpirK

I love Valentina’s ballad. It’s outsanding, a true masterpiece. It is 1st in my top 36. Great deep lyrics lovely music and a pure voice! Does anyone need anything else?
Didn’t dissapoint me one bit. It has an italian flavour of the 70’s songs which I adore. I’m so dissapointed that I cannot vote for her! And don’t be so sure that it’s the last year for Valentina! ”Maybe” she’ll come up with a jazz number next year!

Dar
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Still no Russia .. Are the not breaking the rules now being late .. Fine or relegate them ..

Alex
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Alex

don’t lose hope, she might give another try next year.

beccaboo1212
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I have an idea! Let’s start a petition – a petition to overturn this whole “2014 is Valentina’s last ESC contestant year” thing.

Pera
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Pera

Where is the song from Russia for Eurovision 2014.