Uh-oh, uh-oh-ohhhhh! On March 12 the Eurobubble burst with excitement as San Marino revealed that Eurovision icon Valentina Monetta will return to the contest for a fourth time.

The 42-year-old Sammarinese singer previously took the beautiful Republic to the final in 2014 with “Maybe”. That followed two previous attempts with 2012’s “The Social Network song (Oh oh-uh-oh oh)” and 2013’s “Crisalide (Vola)”. She is the country’s only artist ever to make the final — and following two years of non-qualification, San Marino is keen to taste the Saturday night show once more.

Valentina won’t be alone in Kyiv. As previously reported, San Marino wanted to spice things up with a duet and has selected the American singer and performer Jimmie Wilson.

Born in Detroit, Jimmie studied acting in Hollywood and had his first major role in Sisterella, a musical produced by the late Michael Jackson. After the European tour of “Sisterella”, he started a life for himself in Germany and has subsequently starred as Barack Obama in the musical “Hope”. Could Valentina one day play Michelle in the revival?

Written and composed by Ralph Siegel, San Marino’s entry “Spirit of the Night” is an addictive eurodance track with lyrics by Steven Barnacle and Jutta Staudenmayer.

Announcing the act, San Marino RTV stressed a three-prong strategy: passion, music and entertainment.

SAN MARINO AT EUROVISION

San Marino debuted at Eurovision in 2008 with Miodio and the song “Complice”. The microstate subsequently withdrew in 2009 and 2010, but returned in 2011 with the song “Stand By”, performed by the Italian singer of Eritrean descent Senhit. The entry placed 16th out of 19 in semi-final one.

Valentina Monetta entered the contest in 2012, 2013 and 2014, taking San Marino to its first and, so far, only final in 2014 with “Maybe”.

The country missed the Saturday night show yet again in 2015 and 2016, although on the latter occasion they came painfully close. Serhat’s “I Didn’t Know” finished 12th in semi-final one.

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Lady Gagarina
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Lady Gagarina

@The Dark Side Of DeMoon https://youtu.be/8Dt6gXb0QUI

cheesecake
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cheesecake

I actually think SMRTV might have chosen Valentina because this might be their last appearance in the contest. Hence, they wanted to give the fans one last “highlight”.

CookyMonzta
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CookyMonzta

@Fatima502: A crazy world getting crazier, and too many bookies’ favorites got knocked off. When you’re the favorite, you are a target. The bigger the name or the bigger the favorite you are, the bigger a target you are.

Fatima502
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Fatima502

What’s with all the swearing at Eurovision this year? I don’t like it.

Justin
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Justin

honestly woman… get a LIFE! hundreds and hundreds of artists trying to step onto that stage every year, having to go through really tough singing competitions to make it to the Eurovision and she gets to enjoy the experience FOUR times nearly in a row without effort… Outrageous… and disgusting.

Ern
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Ern

I think Valentina has become an unofficial Eurovision tradition at this point.

But seriously, except for that God-awful “The Social Network,” her later two songs were actually pretty good.

Her current song, however, isn’t all that great, but it’s still lightyears more respectable than The Social Network.”

Can we ever really forget how awful and embarrassing “The Social Network” really was?

AngieP
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AngieP

This is good news for fans for sure!!
Valentina is so related to ESC! It’s a pleasure to see her back! I love her too. She’s such a nice person.

Here we have an entertaining, party song! This is definetely better than last year’s disco “I didn’t know”. It seems very 80’s but it’s not that bad.
San Marino is in the 2nd semi, so everything is possible. But it’s difficult whatsoever.

Will it qualify? Who knows?

Good luck San Marino! And welcome back Valentina!

I see you
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I see you

QUOTES :

”Shot your big mouth!”

”Make your mouth slightly smaller, unless you want to see the DARK SIDE OF (THE) DE MOON – a former skillful hater.”

What I notice is that you are 45 years old man and you talk too much about how sweet are the under age girls. And you are a bully in order to protect your under age love object.

All those DeMoon, Noon, Moon, just stop, I see you.

Lady Gagarina
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Lady Gagarina

@Tazmanian DeMoon and lastly, you do know what democracy means right? In case you haven’t experienced it, democracy is about having an opinion & having the options to like what you like. Toodles for now b**ch

Lady Gagarina
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Lady Gagarina

@Tazmanian DeMoon gurl, bye at your illiterate posts which only you can understand. What makes you think i only like Sweden? I like many more other songs like from Italy, France, Spain, FYRM etc etc. I just don’t like your silly song, and nothing will change that, specially with your illiterate thoughts

Lady Gagarina
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Lady Gagarina

Fun does not equate to cheap. That’s all i’m gonna say

Rebecca
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Rebecca

She’s finally learned to sing without an accent – can it be true?

mmaxi8
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mmaxi8

2012 : weird song, unlikeable
2013 : it’s second attemp, ok song hope she can taste the final
2014 : Oh god, give her a taste of final…. and yes she got it #hurrayyy
2017 : what does she want? what else?

Betty
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Betty

Valentina looks more like Melania, not like Michelle. Melania finally found a decent man Obama.

Sandra Bullard
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Sandra Bullard

Phenomenal cousin Jimmie! Valentino Marino too.

Sandra Bullard
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Sandra Bullard

Jimmie, you are phenomenal cousin! and Valentino Marino too

Dear Wiwibloggs
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Dear Wiwibloggs

I don’t care about trolls, multiple names, not even about offensive comments.
But there is somebody here that is worst than anything, because always ALWAYS makes threats against anybody that disagrees with him or her.
Is the user Tazmanian DeMoon.

chromium
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chromium

I, unironically, like this disco bop! I don’t even mind that it’s a Ralph Siegel track. IDK what’s happening to me. The next logical step for San Marino would be a Serhat-Valentina duet next year. 😀

Oh and “Could Valentina one day play Michelle in the revival?” cracks me up. LOL!

Robert S.
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Robert S.

Horrible song. Love her. He has a decent voice. Not a chance in hell it will qualify.

Axy
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Axy

The friendship televotes are one thing, but to bring jury just to vote the other way around is not the solution.

brunowskii
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brunowskii

????????????Valentina
She can participate every other year if she wants….

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

@Austrian Ari: Thank you for explaining about Ralph Siegel. 🙂 (It doesn’t change my view that he’s an amazing songwriter.) About the key changes in this song – I count three key changes in the main part of the song, but if you count that weird “extension” on the end of the video then it’s four key changes. So it depends how you count. But it doesn’t beat “Chain of Hearts (2015)” – that had FIVE key changes!! 😀 N.B. Of course nothing beats the Steps cover of Diana Ross’ “Chain Reaction” – that had SEVEN key changes I believe.… Read more »

Erin
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Erin

Monetina Valetta to the whining!! Ka-Ching!
Now I only wonder who will represent Valentina Monetta next year because obviously ‘The state, that’s her’ (sounds better in French).

MTD
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MTD

1. Macedonia.
2. San Marino.
3. Azerbaijan.
4. Serbia.
5. Belgium.
6. Austria.
7. Moldova.
8. Portugal.
9. Italy.
10. Latvia.

I have no idea how, but this is my top 10 placement & I don’t care about every other song. The first 6 songs are the ones that I like, while the last 4 are the ones just to round up top 10.

OMG. What happened to my taste or why is this year so weird? LOL

And I am not even a hardcore fan!

MTD
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MTD

Blimey, this is on repeat on my list. The f**k! Hahaha…

San Marino, you go girl! And special guest American star! 🙂

I would revisit my favorite tracks once everything settles, but I now I kinda dig songs from countries that normally stay in the Semis or haven’t been in the top 10 mostly or not at all.

THIS IS A FUNNY YEAR! OMG! Hahaha

WTF
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WTF

@Tazmanian DeMoon:
“So, we are ALL HAPPY about OUR SONG!”

Vorbeste in numele tau… Eu, unul, nu m-as supara deloc daca yodelalaiala asta tampita ne-ar face sa ratam finala pentru prima data, cu toate ca probabil nu va fi cazul.

Racal
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Racal

@PP: I did not understand a single sentence from your comment… But yes, the calculation system changed in 2013, so what? The important thing is that juries are here to stop gimmick entries (like Poland 2014, Finland 2015, etc.), diaspora and neighbouring vote, and they should never go away.

cheesecake
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cheesecake

Okay… it’s very poorly produced and old-fashioned AF, but it’s fun. I still hope this won’t qualify though.

marco
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marco

In weird why San Marion don t send video 3.00 minutes long, this video is 3.55 minutes long and they must cut their song from video for 55 seconds.

davve
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davve

One of the better songs this year. Good work San Marino

Jack Edward Smith
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Jack Edward Smith

@Danny McEvoy Actually officially there is 3 key changes, 2 choruses, 2 Verses and one bridge

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

Am I right? First black artist at Eurovision in two years? #celebratediversity (at last)

Danny McEvoy
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Danny McEvoy

San Marino…starts in the key of Gm…then changes gear..up one to Abm…middle 8.. and then up again to Dm..and then again to Ebm…4 Keys!!…that just says desperation to me!!

Danny

PP
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PP

I like this song for me 2 nd best song from San Marino . First was 2013 than 2017 and then 2014, 2011…. Many said outdated, and what to say bookmaker favorite Portugal, song from The Netherlands, and song in past Beligum 2016 who got many votes from juries and get so small points for Poland, Serbia, Austrai because song is for they outdated by Beligum wasn t outaded for them.
Male singe for me is look like singer from The Netherlands 1996

PP
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PP

Racal But you forgot that we had changes in juries voting from 2013 and how televote and juries votes made TOP 10 (before they combined TOP 10 from televote and TOP 10 from juries for TOP 10 points from 2013 it was TOP 25 or 26 from juries and TOP 25 and 26 from televote ) Poland 2014 in 2012 would got minimum 3 points from UK and minimum 3 points from Ireland and from 2013 0 points becuase new rules from 2013. In 2016 we had new system of voting. And iin 2015 and 2016 juries decide winner thank… Read more »

We love leds, visuals, air fans, divas and dated ballads!
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We love leds, visuals, air fans, divas and dated ballads!

Im glad she is back…. But the song is a dated messy cheap disco song which I actually dislike. Good luck anyway!

Charli Cheer Up
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Charli Cheer Up

Yay she’s back!..wait why Ralph Siegel again and why not a jazz song this time? oh well I’m glad she brought Jimmie Wilson. This year’s theme is about celebrating diversity and we need some American flavor to spice up ESC since Estonia didn’t send Kerli

Richard
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Richard

Such wonderful news, I love Valentina. I’d have preferred a song that would show off her amazing voice more than, but I actually like the song and they complement each other well. This has made my day.

HBau
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HBau

Best Monday morning news ever 🙂

Ruffus
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Ruffus

I read comments like “Guess what, we have moved on from Euro disco long ago”. Well, not so long ago since Belgium made the Top 10 last year with a vintage disco song.

irada
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irada

This song is so strong I think Valentina will be in top 10 in final. Her song is similar to “You are the only one”. I listen it first time and I think it`s winner song:)

Yellowman
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mocosuburbian
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mocosuburbian

valentina is a legend lmaooooooooooooooooooooooooo
definite non-qualifier but she is such a star <333

Magpie
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Magpie

Now that we have listened to the song, I have a radical idea. Can we (both televote and juries) make a real effort and actually try and get San Marino into the grand final?

Considering that most of the songs that are chosen this year are extremely generic, this to me is a breath of fresh air.

beccaboo1212
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Valentina’s back! Yay!!!!!!!!!!!! 😀

Alex
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Alex

Also, the fact that Jimmie does musicals explains why he didn’t question the production qualities. I truthfully find it hard to listen to the Hamilton soundtrack for the reason of how simple the production is

Alex
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Alex

This track and Fusedmarc’s can go hold hands in terms of synths used. However, in terms of vocals, Jimmie is a showstopper and Valentina is great as usual. Ralph’s songwriting is more on point here than usual – just wish the production had been better. Nice to see San Marino go homegrown again and as Robyn says, God bless Valentina.

One of these years they should let her do jazz though 😉

Robyn Gallagher
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Robyn Gallagher

God bless Valentina Monetta.

Chicken kyiv???
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Chicken kyiv???

OMG this poor girl, Russia has gone for major sympathy.

She’s in a wheelchair, and has some condition where she cant talk or sing properly.

THis is cruel to watch

Laburnum
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Laburnum

Even after the Season 9 Drag Queen Valentina, she still controls you all. #divasdontdie