She’s back at Eurovision nine years after her debut. And despite being Italian, she’ll represent San Marino again.
Senhit Zadik Zadik recently took a trip to London to finally reveal to the world that she’s the chosen artist of the little Republic, after days of rumours spreading all over the web. Wiwibloggs met her for the first time to speak about her comeback, her plans and what we’ll see on Rotterdam stage.
Senhit interview on the London Eye
The “Stand By” singer told us about the approach between her and San Marino RTV:
“San Marino is a small country in Italy, very close to my hometown, that is Bologna. Because we have this beautiful connection since Eurovision 2011, we decided to work together again. The funny thing is that in Italy we have Sanremo, if you compete and win there, then you go to Eurovision. And Sanremo was not in my plans”.
But at Eurovision you can’t say no — it’s a unique platform to promote yourself and your music: “I worked on the songs for a long time. When San Marino called me, I was ready to say yes. Why not? It’s a beautiful opportunity”.
A lot has changed in nine years. Today Senhit is more mature and ready to take on new challenges: “I am super prepared, more than 2011 because, you know, I enjoyed the contest at that time but I didn’t know it. Everything was new for me. I was young and a little bit superficial”.
She is ready to fly to the Netherlands to start a new chapter of her already long career: “I prepared the songs, I have an amazing and very huge team, so I’m ready. I also have an EP that will come out in the end of May”.
Italian citizen, but of African origin. Senhit is the perfect sponsor for the Eurovision 2020 motto, “Open up”: “My parents are from Eritrea, they moved to Italy almost 45 years ago. Me, my brother and my sister were born in Italy, but still we have Eritrean traditions. My parents keep their culture. The food, the language, the music. It’s a good mix between Italy and Eritrea”.
Her roots are not just something to brag about — the bond is close: “I did a big tour four years ago in Eritrea, it was for charity. For them, I’m the person who made it. You know, they think ‘She’s from Europe, she’s a singer, the dream came true’.”
After San Marino reached two finals, expectations for the microstate have risen: “I will do my battle, but at the same time I will enjoy it. It’s a great opportunity but first of all, I have to think of it as a beautiful family party. I will probably see people that I met in 2011. I will try to go to the final. The ambition is high but I’m ready, I can handle it”.
At the time of the interview “Freaky!” and “Obsessed” were not yet known, and San Marino did everything to keep discretion on both songs: “It’s a secret, I want people to be surprised, it’s a mystery. I’ll be happy either way, they are two very strong songs. This is why I’m confused and let the fans choose. We’ll see what happens”.
One thing is certain, let’s forget the Senhit of 2011, the one we see today is a different woman:
“The two songs from which people will choose my song for Eurovision are uptempo, instead of ballads, like “Stand By”. Different music, different style, different groove. You will see Senhit as an artist, a complete artist. I can dance, I can sing, I can express myself. Not because I didn’t like Senhit when I did “Stand By” — more elegant and sophisticated — but now I feel more like an artist. It’ll be fun”.
Senhit won’t be alone in Rotterdam. For this long-awaited adventure, she has chosen to be accompanied by an important name in Italian showbiz.
“My partner in crime is Luca Tommassini. I’m honoured and proud to work with him again actually, because we did a video together, “Dark Room/Heart ache”, it was my first single since a long time. I asked him to work with me for this project and he said yes. I’m super happy. First of all, he’s an amazing person. He’s a talent, creative director, choreographer, producer. He’s a dreamer like me. I’m super positive about it”.
The voting to select Senhit’s song for Eurovision 2020 will close today, Sunday 8 March, at 23:59 CET. To vote, head over to Senhit’s website.
Senhit will perform in the second semi-final on the 14th of May.
Do you think Senhit can snatch the crown? Will San Marino be our 2021 host country? Let us know below!