Serhat made a splash when he brought the seductive disco groove of “I Didn’t Know” to the Globe Arena. It was a dramatic road getting there, but this got us thinking — why doesn’t Serhat take his experience from Stockholm and give Eurovision another go in 2017? Here are 13 reasons why we want Serhat to return to Eurovision.
1. He can be San Marino’s comeback king
It worked for Valentina Monetta — she represented San Marino for three years in a row, each time performing better than the year before. Serhat can use what he learned in Stockholm and take San Marino into the grand final.
2. He needs an opportunity to use his holograms
San Marino weren’t allowed to use their holograms in Stockholm. The director-general of SMRTV threatened legal action, but what better way to get revenge than for Serhat to show up in Kyiv with even more holograms? Imagine a dozen Serhat holograms!
3. He needs to fully realise his creative collaboration with Manfred Thierry Mugler
French fashion designer Manfred Thierry Mugler was the creative director behind the original “I Didn’t Know” video. The plan was also for him to create Serhat’s staging in Stockholm, but this was scrapped when the song changed. This creative partnership must have a chance to make it to Eurovision.
4. He listened to his fans by changing to the disco version of “I Didn’t Know”
When the disco remix of “I Didn’t Know” was released, fans loved it and urged Serhat to use that version. He listened and made the switch, delivering the disco-tastic version of the song in Stockholm. Serhat gets Eurovision.
5. His backing singers were on point
With Serhat using a sing-talking style, it was up to his glamorous backing singers to deliver the melodic and harmonic heft of the song. And they excelled, providing sweet disco harmonies to support Serhat’s seductive lead vocal.
6. He wore a monocle headband
There’s no doubt that Serhat is a very stylish gentleman with a keen interest in fashion, but he raised the level when he sported a monocle headband in the original video for “I Didn’t Know”. We need to see more of this fashion risk-taking at Eurovision.
7. He didn’t use Ralph Siegel
As much as we admire Ralph Siegel for his contribution to Eurovision over the past 40 years, it was nice to see San Marino go in a different direction for 2016. Serhat used a team of Turkish songwriters and French creatives — and we’d be happy to see that again.
8. He wants to pee inside your mind
Wait, what? Oh, sorry – we misheard the lyrics. Never mind.
9. He slayed at the #wiwijam
It was the day after Serhat missed out qualifying in the first semi-final, but he turned up at the #wiwijam and put on a show, performing the original version of “I Didn’t Know”. Serhat seduced the audience and left everyone feeling like he was singing for them alone.
10. There are no singers left in San Marino
They’ve already used Valentina Monetta three times and who else is there in the micro state? Case in point: San Marino recently ran a TV talent show and one of the stand-out acts was a guy who made artworks out of glitter string. It’s Serhat or nothing.
11. He just made you pregnant by looking at this photo
I want to sleep upon your skin
Run against the wind to reach your passion
I lay my future in your hands
We’ll dance under the stars
12. He gives great interviews
Every time we talked to Serhat, we always learned something new from him. He had great insights to offer about his Eurovision experience and the creative process. We need Serhat to make the Kyiv press centre come alive.
13. He wants to see us again as much as we want to see him
Of course we miss you, Serhat!
What do you think? Should Serhat represent San Marino in 2017? Can he take the micro state into the final? Share your thoughts below!