Senhit San Marino Eurovision 2021 Adrenalina

Senhit Zadik Zadik, simply known as Senhit, will represent San Marino at Eurovision 2021 with her song “Adrenalina“.

Senhit was originally due to sing “FREAKY!” at Eurovision 2020. However, the contest was cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. But, just like several other countries, San Marino opted to reselect its 2020 artist this year. Senhit dropped “Adrenalina” in early March. And, much to everyone’s surprise, the studio cut featured the American rap superstar Flo Rida. It’s yet to be confirmed whether Flo will make it to Rotterdam, although he has said that he wants to be there if circumstances permit him to travel.

And now we’ve compiled 10 facts you need to know about Senhit. Are you ready? Let’s do this!

San Marino at Eurovision 2021: Facts about Senhit

1. She’s an Italian citizen with an Eritrean heart

Senhit was born and raised in Bologna to Eritrean parents. They moved to Italy almost 45 years ago. The singer officially became Italian between the ages of six and seven. Citizenship came as a consequence of that granted to her parents. In an interview with iO Donna she remembered: “The day my sister, brother and I became fully Italian there was a huge party, like a wedding. We set up our garage, at the time we lived outside Bologna, in the San Ruffillo district. We invited relatives and friends, practically the whole neighbourhood. It was a big event”.

“At home we have always spoken Italian, my mother speaks Eritrean only when she gets angry with us! On the table there is room for Bolognese cuisine but also for Eritrean titbits. It’s important to maintain traditions but we are Bolognese. Therefore at our table we serve tortellini, perhaps next to zighini, without ever mixing things up, of course”. Senhit also performed in Eritrea, as revealed to wiwibloggs: “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'”.

 

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2. Her father didn’t want her to be a singer

For many artists, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows when it comes to making a living out of their passion. Working as a singer — as well as other artistic vocations — is often not viewed favourably by parents who dream of a stable job that guarantees a secure future for their children. The same happened to Senhit. While she had her mother’s full support, she had to contend with her father. He did not really agree with her dream. “I always wanted to sing even if that went against my father’s wishes” she revealed to Radio Bicocca. “He considered the show business ephemeral and superficial, while my mother totally gave artistic freedom to all her children. In the end the one of us who decided to work in this field was me”.

3. She did Eurovision before

After taking a two-year break, San Marino returned to Eurovision in 2011 with Senhit — or Senit as she was known as then. She was chosen internally to represent the microstate. The singer performed in the first semi-final with the ballad “Stand By”, finishing in sixteenth place with 34 points. Senhit would have reached the final if it was down to the juries. Her performance was ranked eighth by the experts. Alas, the public put the entry last.

4. She loves her dog madly

Senhit’s dog Buddy is a regular on her socials. The singer’s love for her faithful life companion is so great that she dedicated the title of her digital EP Hey Buddy to him. Buddy’s story is the same as many dogs. In 2010, Senhit adopted him from a kennel in Brindisi, in Southern Italy. They’ve been inseparable ever since. In 2015, the singer an ambassador for Save the Dogs, an association committed to protecting the dignity and well-being of animals. She wrote on Instagram: “Buddy, faithful and loyal friend who remains my staple in this world that moves too fast. He gives me courage when everyone leaves. He’s not just a dog… He’s the best antidote to the occasional human weakness. He’s more than a dog. It’s family”.

 

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5. She’s a fashionista

Besides music, Senhit loves fashion. She always wears fashionable clothes and accessories of many different colours in her videos and Instagram posts. Moreover, she gives fashion tips on her YouTube channel. For example, Senhit teaches us the five essential items to have in your wardrobe — hat, trench coat, shirt, jeans and sneakers. “I like to see what I buy right away, I don’t shop online. I go around shops all over the world, and often also for markets, looking for beautiful vintage pieces. I’m a multi-brand store: space from high fashion, like Prada and Marni, to brands like Department 5 and Levi’s” she told AFmag.

6. She is an LGBTQ ally

Senhit has never hidden her support for the LGBTQ community. Her closet is full of rainbow clothes and her social posts are often accompanied by the rainbow icon and the hashtags #pride and #proud. Her Eurovision 2020 entry “Freaky!” was a clear hymn to universal love. In the official video Senhit shared a sapphic kiss with one of her dancers. In the promo pics she also wore a T-shirt with “Love is Love” written on it. Back in 2018, she performed at the Gay Pride Parade in Bologna. She said in a interview by BolognaToday: “In this period of history it’s good to raise your voice for everyone’s rights and I’ll do it singing. It’s a beautiful way to convey messages. If they hadn’t invited me, I would have invited myself! After the 150,000 people who paraded in Milan, I really like the idea of taking part in my city’s parade in this way and I will do it with joy”.

 

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7. She follows Sanremo religiously

Like many Italians, Senhit has a great passion for the Sanremo Music Festival. The singer has followed it religiously since 1990. Her favourite Sanremese entries are “Gli uomini non cambiano” by Mia Martini, “La terra dei cachi” by Elio e le Storie Tese, “Luce (Tramonti a Nord-Est)” by Elisa, “Di sole e d’azzurro” by Giorgia, “Adesso tu” by Eros Ramazzotti, “Mentre tutto scorre” by Negramaro, “Fuori” by Irene Grandi and “Amici non ne ho” by Loredana Bertè. Guess what? In 2018, Senhit — as shown in the video below — also included “Babilonia” by Diodato, runner-up in the Newcomers category a few years before, in her list. The two were supposed to participate together at Eurovision 2020.

8. She was among the 100 judges on All Together Now

In late 2019 and early 2020, Senhit appeared on the Italian version of All Together Now, a TV singing competition created by the BBC. She was part of “The 100”, a unique panel of one hundred music experts and performers from across the country who judged the performances of the contestants. Before the show aired, Senhit said: “I’m excited to be part of the 100, it’ll be like living with a big family who, like me, love music. Of course it won’t be easy to judge the contestants… I remember the first audition I did and how excited I was, but also determined. These will be the characteristics that, as a judge, I will look for in the singers who will perform, since they brought me luck!”

 

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9. She worked with a well-known Eurovision act

Senhit’s took her early steps into the world of entertainment by taking up roles in musicals in Italy and abroad. Her first role was that of Marie Hannequin in Il Grande Campione. It focused on the figure of Marcel Cerdan, a French boxer who had an intense love affair with the famed chanteuse Édith Piaf. Massimo Ranieri served as director and main actor on the show. He is a famous Italian singer and Sanremo winner who took part in Eurovision twice — in 1971 with “L’amore è un attimo” and in 1973 with “Chi sarà con te”.

“My mom told me that there was an audition for a musical and I was very enthusiastic about it from the beginning. This show was entrusted to a small and private production but captained by Massimo Ranieri, one of my reference points in the world of theatre”, Senhit revealed. “It was my boon, it opened up a world for me, and I also had the courage to go to my father to tell him that I was stopping by the university to turn this passion into a job. It went well in the end, I had the good fortune to work with a lot of illustrious characters, starting with Ranieri, very strict but also very talented, who gave me the stage presence that is helping me to face the live concerts”.

10. She has a pretty substantial discography

In her fifteen-year career, Senhit has released many records. Her discography includes more than twenty singles, three albums — Senit from 2006, Un tesoro è necessariamente nascosto from 2007 and So High from 2009 — and a digital EP (Hey Buddy from 2017), both in Italian and English. Her debut dates back to 2005 with the single “La mia città è cambiata”. It was written by Saverio Grandi and Gaetano Curreri, leader of the band Stadio which won the Sanremo Festival in 2016.

She’s also added several iconic Eurovision hits to her repertoire. Since July 2020, she has released a new Eurovision cover on the first of each month, as part of her ‘Freaky Trip To Rotterdam’ campaign. To date, she has put her own spin on “Cheesecake” (Belarus 2014), “Everyway That I Can” (Turkey 2003), “Ding A Dong” (The Netherlands 1975), “Congratulations” (UK 1968), “Rise Like A Phoenix” (Austria 2014), “Amar Pelos Dois” (Portugal 2017), “Waterloo” (Sweden 1974), “Alcohol Is Free” (Greece 2013), “Golden Boy/Toy” mashup (Israel 2015/2018) and “Roi” (France 2019). She also did two Italian standards for the Eurovision Home Concerts — Marco Mengoni’s “L’essenziale” and Toto Cutugno’s “Insieme”.

Can Senhit bring San Marino to its third Eurovision final? Are you excited to see if Flo Rida will make it to Rotterdam? Let us know in the comments below.

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EuroFan20000005
EuroFan20000005
5 months ago

Since Flo Rida isnt going to Rotterdam. I have an idea, and pls support with likes,cause i think if this goes through it will be top 5 definitely for San Marino. KSI should do rapping part. It will be bang with his audience. And just imagine that on eurovision stage. That would be great promotion for him and for San Marino top 5.

Alex
Alex
5 months ago

wow, her 2011 entry is so different to her crazy style and vibe, i wonder if she was really into that song? Ten years onwards, it feels like she’s a completely different person. By the way, I’d like to know how Senhit managed to sponsor this year’s entry for San Marino (considering the broadcaster will not spend money and it’s the artist’s responsibility to cover the expenses)? As far as we know, she does not have a career in Italy (or San Marino lol) so I’m curious to know more about this aspect of the entry. For sure, it’s all… Read more »

Bleta
Bleta
5 months ago
Reply to  Alex

I was wondering the same thing! I hope she got some sponsor to cover her back. I would honestly happily sponsor her any day of the week in exchange for a spot in the San Marino delegation lol!

Alex
Alex
5 months ago
Reply to  Bleta

Haha obviously yes unless she is secretly a millionaire. However, we haven’t seen any sponsors yet and the purpose of sponsoring a product is that you get advertised (see sponsored ads in Cyprus 2018 and 2021 videos but also Bulgaria 2021).

Roo
Roo
5 months ago

Another Valentina participation would be most welcome. If only it didn’t come with a horrible Ralph Seigel song.

Here’s to Senhit and her up to date music

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
5 months ago

it’s not about statistics, it’s about predicting the future here. her entry is strong so maybe your crystal ball is broken

Richard
Richard
5 months ago

She has proved to be the most amazing ambassador for this contest and has really delivered this year. I’m hoping for San Marino’s best ever result.

Whisker
Whisker
5 months ago
Reply to  Richard

San Marino could do exceptionally well this year across the board, juries and public. Best result ever FOR SURE!

Thomas Sturley
5 months ago

Imagine Senhit actually competing in SanRemo! Oh that would be fun!

Aeria
Aeria
5 months ago

San Marino is 11th in the odds right now. That’s a fantastic statistic, also Serhat managed to make the final in 2019 when no one expected it, so why wouldn’t Senhit if people DO expect it? Also, it’s going to open the 2nd semifinal, so I’m sure it’ll be great live too!

Vlad48
Vlad48
5 months ago
Reply to  Aeria

There’s one thing that make me a little bit worried: the staging. Hope her and her team will succeed to do a clear-cut job, and not something too messy or chaotic.

Oga
Oga
5 months ago
Reply to  Vlad48

There is something different this year – everyone has recorded a live on tape performance. Don’t think San Marino would be put first in running order if this live on tape performance wasn’t good

eurovis.emu
eurovis.emu
5 months ago

what sorta statistics are you talking about lmao

mariksen
mariksen
5 months ago

I hope Flo Rida will appear in Rotterdam!!! 😀

notyourtoy
notyourtoy
5 months ago

The statistics don’t even say that she will struggle. The chances of her to qualify are over 60% and if ot wasn’t San Marino, a country ,which has reached the final only twice, the chances would be like 85%

MYY
MYY
5 months ago

Senhit is probably one of the best things that could have happened to San Marino. I don’t even know how to describe her.. She is super energetic, experienced..she really knows what to do, super positive and she is really taking the contest seriously. She puts so much effort in everything she does. I mean, most of her videoclips, covers really look expensive. I wonder if she is that rich lol I’m really confident about her cause she really knows what she’s doing. Adrenalina is a bop and one of the bests songs this year. Hearing such a song from San… Read more »

Tul
Tul
5 months ago
Reply to  MYY

You wonder if she’s “that” rich? Senhit’s finances are none of you business!

I think she’s a wonderful person even if she isn’t rich. But maybe some of us view her in a different way.

MYY
MYY
5 months ago
Reply to  Tul

I don’t really understand why you are so negative right now. I didn’t say anything bad, I am just surprised to see how Senhit manages to shoot high quality vids for all of her covers within short periods of time, that’s why I said “I wondere if she is that rich”.

Jesper Hjellnes
Jesper Hjellnes
5 months ago
Reply to  MYY

Okay, why has this comment received so many down votes? Was it only because of that “I wonder if she is that rich”? Cause other than that, this was actually a quite positive comment about Senhit

Jenny
Jenny
5 months ago

So far MYY has expressed:

Hate towards jewish people
Open racism
Nationalistic ideas
Belarus being “misunderstood”

One can only wonder..

kohen
kohen
5 months ago
Reply to  MYY

minus 63 down votes.. woahh

Whisker
Whisker
5 months ago

The bow tie on Buddy, so charming! I can’t wait for whatever fact no. 11 people come with.