Last month Senhit kicked off her #FreakyTripToRotterdam with a cover of Teo’s Eurovision 2014 entry “Cheesecake”. This month her trip continues with a cover of Sertab Erener’s Eurovision 2003 winning song, “Everyway That I Can”. And again Senhit has delivered music video full of both style and social commentary.

Senhit’s new freaky adventure offers a critique of Hollywood. The video pulls no punches from the get-go, opening with a quote from Marilyn Monroe: “Hollywood is a place where they’ll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul.”

The Freaky Queen adopts a number of different looks in the video, including a blonde bombshell, evoking Ms Monroe herself. She’s also joined by a number of elderly people, dressed as Hollywood versions of fairytale characters.

But Senhit isn’t leaving it at that. She serves Playboy Mansion realness by dressing as magazine publisher Hugh Hefner, complete with his iconic dressing gown. But it’s never quite that simple. As the video progresses, Senhit takes off the robe to reveal she’s wearing an army uniform, evoking Charlie Chaplin’s character in the classic 1940 film The Great Dictator — itself a satire of Adolf Hitler and Nazism.

The video also stars two glamorous plus-size Playboy bunnies and two bog-standard scantily-clad hot guys, as well as an Oriental-style dancer wearing a headpiece saying “5G” because, well, it’s 2020. It’s a credit to the video makers that the hot guys are the least interesting characters in the video.

The video ends with a message reminding viewers of discrimination still exists against “someone who is gay, of colour, or of another religion”.

The video mixes style, humour and social commentary to create another aural and visual artwork.

Each video comes with its own poster

Senhit described each of her #FreakyTripToRotterdam videos as “a provocation”. She explained, “we want not only to amaze those who follow us but also to inspire a reflection. In this case I have played various characters, from Marilyn Monroe to Charlie Chaplin in “The Great Dictator”. I have observed the characters of fairytales that tells us as children with a new disenchantment, I wore the iconic dressing-gown of Hugh Hefner to condemn the body shaming. In this glossy world we have to do “Everyway That I Can” to regain the freedom to be ourselves.”

As with the “Cheesecake” video, the “Everyway That I Can” video was directed by Senhit’s creative partner Luca Tommassini. He describes the video as “a reflection on the image of democracy and equality behind which our society is hiding, where too often we allow those who discriminate to walk with their heads held high.”

He goes onto explain, “We are in a Hollywood that cries showing its vulnerability and flaws. The American Dream of Marilyn Monroe and Madonna, the tales that are told to us as children, the idolatry towards Hugh Hefner’s Playboy Mansion are shown for what they are: dictatorships of a perfect image to pursue.”

Senhit will represent San Marino at Eurovision 2021.

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xohxoh
xohxoh
1 month ago

This feels so forced, inauthentic and desperate.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
1 month ago

What disappointed me was the song choice. “Cheesecake” being the first one made me hopeful that she was going to focus on underrated and underappreciated entries. “Everyway That I Can” is definitely not that. Her version of it is pretty flat and doesn’t bring anything new to the table either.
I don’t think she really knows what her message is supposed to be either so I think it’s unfair to focus too much on that.

Colin
Colin
1 month ago

Umm… I don’t even know what reaction was this supposed to provoke. The song has nothing to do with this message as much as Cheesecake has nothing to do with BLM. I appreciate Senhit’s efforts of remaining in focus with the ESC community throughout the year. I am still puzzled on what are these covers supposed to be – parodies, tributes or platforms for serious messages? Calling for anti-discrimination and tolerance is obviously admirable, but this is such an unusual platform for that. PS. Is the grammar error deliberate or accidental?

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Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  Colin

With the level of skill this project entails I would think the grammar error is deliberate. I read “all lives matters” as “matters pertaining to all lives” as most characters in the video (with the exception of Hitler) are non-conventional so to speak as per mainstream standards. It was difficult for me to understand this video, and the previous one, but reading the article helped me understand the vision of the team. I don’t remember how this project was introduced two months ago or so. I think they talked about different perspectives/lenses. Now that you say that I would think… Read more »

Alex
Alex
1 month ago

I understand and appreciate what Senhit is doing here and it is I think a good commentary, I just think maybe she doesn’t know the strong connotation that “all lives matter” has in the US and other western countries. Her point that people regardless of sexuality, race, etc are important is very much clear, maybe just a small error. But overall it is a good message

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago

Senhit’s vocal gives me goosebumps. I am not against the statement and such re the current context. All lives do matter, let’s not forget that H boy also did the same number on people with disabilities, Rroma, and gay people. However, it wouldn’t hurt to take into consideration cis women and girls as well.

Dawid
Dawid
1 month ago
Reply to  Whisker

I’m surprised noone attacked you for that yet. I’ve been jumped on multiple times for saying men and women should be treated equally, without acting like one gender is “better” just because or other “worse” because you dislike some people (hearing “so you hate women, good to know”, “of course a man would never support women”, etc.). Same thing with gay people (I’ve heard multiple times I’m a homophobe for same reasons, even though I’m gay myself). Same with different races, etc. There’re people who think equal means equal and there are people who believe that a fact that they’ve… Read more »

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago
Reply to  Dawid

Sorry that happened to you and I fully agree with you.

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
1 month ago

I hope I can get this noise out of my head because I love Sertab’s song and I don’t wanna remember this awful cover. And with ‘All lives matters’ I can only assume she wants to send the deep message that she has no clue about English grammar? How impressive.

Tibor
Tibor
1 month ago

What a tone deaf video. The Hitler reference is already hard to stomach, but ending the whole thing with the right wing slogan “All Lives Matter” is thoughtless and in poor taste at best, especially in this context.
The fact that it’s musically also subpar pales in comparison.

Ana
Ana
1 month ago

I’m kind of tired of those AliExpress Lady Gagas. I mean, even Lady Gaga is not doing this over exhadurated sh*t anymore. This is so 2012

EurovisionBram
EurovisionBram
1 month ago

I love that Senhit uses the Eurovision platform as a way to show her talent and uniqueness.
She is an outstanding preformer and a lovely person. I really love Freaky! and I can’t wait to see what she brings to 2021!

RavensHeart
RavensHeart
1 month ago

Only one of those guys is hot. Even Senhit caresses his face but seemingly ignores the other.

Great video and great remix

Una
Una
1 month ago

Now, considering the invitation for reflection: I disagree *completely* with the text at the end of the video. Discrimination comes in different forms. I find the comparison to Hitler completely unreasonable and unacceptable.

Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  Una

I would like to add “having a different opinion” to reasons for discrimination following “discrimination against someone who is gay, of colour or another religion”.

Una
Una
1 month ago

I *think* that San Marino is the country to watch for in 2021. If Senhit keep delivering like this outside the Eurovision season, I am wondering what could she bring in next year’s contest as the Sammarinese entry. She and her team have raised the bar so high and so far in advance of the contest that I am more excited for next year’s Eurovision than ever before. And it’s so many months away!!

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 month ago

I admire Senhit, since literally no-one can tell her what she can’t do creatively. 😀
A big new song would see her qualify in 2021.

Una
Una
1 month ago

Great version. Senhit’s voice is exceptional. This is a great cover. I mean it. This Eurovision season has been a gift that keeps on giving. Thanks, San Marino! Thanks, Senhit!! Thanks, Senhit’s team!

Ashton
Ashton
1 month ago

I love this, the bass and the horns in this cover is something else

Ashton
Ashton
1 month ago
Reply to  Ashton

love getting 5 downvotes for just saying I like an instrument

Erasmus
Erasmus
1 month ago

Well I really don’t enjoy Senhit’s style – very OTT… Hope she returns something like “Un Bel Niente” – that song is actually good without trying too much and it’s in Italian – so please Senhit send something like that, u have to know that u have to please juries as well. 🙂