When Serhat released his entry for San Marino, “I Didn’t Know”, it’s fair to say that fan reaction was less than enthusiastic. But a new disco remix of the song suddenly has fans interested, with a call for San Marino to enter that version at Stockholm.
A six-track EP was recently released, including the original song and five mixes. There are three club mixes that are sure to be heard at the Euroclub in May, and a karaoke mix, but it’s the Disco Version that’s got fans excited.
The disco mix brings the sound of Studio 54 to San Marino. While the original song sounds creepy, the disco version gives that creepiness a suitable context – in a dark, hot nightclub in New York, 1978, where anything is possible. Yes, Serhat.
The Disco Version also brings substantially more melody to the song. Serhat still does his Leonard Cohen-style sing-talking, but female backing singers deliver classic disco diva vocals in the mix. The song also includes urgent disco bass and a dramatic string section.
Fan reaction on social media has been overwhelmingly positive, with some fans asking why the song wasn’t San Marino’s entry, and others even emailing Serhat to recommend that the disco version go to Stockholm. (See the contact page on Serhat’s website if you’d like to do the same.)
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— Ethno Jazz-Framework Elainovisão (@elainovision) March 15, 2016
It remains to be seen whether San Marino will change to the disco version of “I Didn’t Know”. The song submission deadline has passed and the disco version would need to be edited down to under three minutes.
But it’s not unknown for songs to have changes between the submitted version and the one performed at Eurovision. And we’re sure the monocle would still work with the disco version.
What do you think of the disco version of “I Didn’t Know”? Should San Marino send this to Stockholm instead of the original? Share your thoughts below!