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!
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.