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Get to know Valentina Moletta & Jimmie Wilson from San Marino

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INFORMATION ABOUT THE ARTIST

Valentina Monetta was born and raised in San Marino, the younger of the two children of a Sammarinese mother and an Italian father. A graduate of the Giovanni da Rimini school in Rimini, she played piano and sang from an early age. She began her singing career in 1995 fronting the group Tiberio and was subsequently involved with a number of bands including Parafunky, Harem-B, 2blackBluesmobile, and My Funky Valentine. She competed in the 2001 edition of the televised singing competition Popstars. (it).

In 2008 Monetta sent in the song “Se Non Ci Sei Tu” for the San Marino national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2008, but she was not selected by San Marino RTV. On 14 March 2012, it was announced by San Marino RTV, that she would represent San Marino in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012, to be held in Baku, Azerbaijan with the entry “Facebook Uh, Oh, Oh”. She was internally selected by RTV. However, on 18 March 2012, a few days after the song was announced, the EBU deemed that the song contained an unreasonable commercial message for Facebook, which resulted in the lyrics’ disqualification; according to the Eurovision Rule 1.2.2.g, commercial messages within songs are not allowed. San Marino was then given the option of submitting a new song for Monetta, or revising the lyrics to remove any references to Facebook, no later than 23 March 2012 12:00 CET. On 22 March, SMTV announced that the song and its lyrics has been revised with a new title, “The Social Network Song (OH OH – Uh – OH OH)”, with mostly the same lyrics, except without directly mentioning Facebook.[4][5] Monetta performed at the first semi-final but failed to qualify for the grand final. However, she placed 14th with 31 points making it San Marino’s best ever placing in Eurovision Song Contest.

On 30 January 2013, it was announced by San Marino TV that Monetta would return for a second time in a row representing San Marino in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 in Malmö[7] with the entry “Crisalide (Vola)”, composed by Ralph Siegel with lyrics by Mauro Balestri. She competed in the second semi final on 16 May 2013 and once more failed to qualify for the grand final, despite her performance having been voted second only to Denmark (the eventual winners) by the Organisation of Eurovision Fans, OGAE. Her performance gained 47 points and was the best of the non-qualifying countries in either of the two semi-finals and consequently improved their previous best placing of 14th in 2012. Crisilide (Vola) gained them an eleventh place in Semi Final Two.

In June 2013 Monetta released her new album La storia di Valentina Monetta which included multiple versions of “Crisalide (Vola)” and some songs previously available on her 2011 EP. Monetta once again represented San Marino in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014.[9][10] This made Monetta the first singer to represent a nation in three consecutive Eurovision contests since 1966, the year Udo Jürgens of Austria competed in Eurovision for the third consecutive time. Monetta became the fourth singer to compete in three consecutive Eurovision contests as prior to Jürgens both Lys Assia of Switzerland and Corry Brokken of the Netherlands competed in the Eurovision contests of 1956, 1957, and 1958. Assia, Bokken and Jürgens each won one of the three consecutive Eurovision contests in which they competed.

Monetta unveiled her third Eurovision song on 14 March 2014. It will be included on her forthcoming album, which will include songs composed by Ralph Siegel and by Monetta herself.[11] The first single from her upcoming album, “L’amore verrà”, was released along with the music video on 11 October 2013. During the Eurovision semifinal Monetta made it to the final for the first time in three attempts, achieving her personal best placing in the contest but also securing San Marino’s first, and so far, only qualifying song. She finished the final in 24th position. In a video of the official Eurovision channel on YouTube, Valentina said that she would perhaps represent San Marino for the fourth time in a row, and consequently enter into Eurovision history as the only artist ever to represent their nation four consecutive times. In May 2014, it was confirmed by SMTV that Valentina would not return in 2015.

The singer later confirmed on Instagram that she would never return to the contest for a long while and it was her own decision not to go to Eurovision again. On February 2, 2015, it was announced that Monetta would announce Sanmarinese votes at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, Austria, although this has been met with rather a lot of confusion as Monetta herself said that she had not been asked to do it yet although most people expected the microstate to choose Monetta to read out the Sanmarinese votes in Vienna. On 12 March 2017, it was confirmed that Monetta would represent San Marino for the fourth time, in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. Her song, “Spirit of the Night”, is sung as a duet with American singer Jimmie Wilson. Monetta will tie the record as the woman with the most participations in the Eurovision Song Contest, tied with Elisabeth Andreassen and Sue of Peter, Sue & Marc.

INFORMATION ABOUT THE ARTIST

Jimmie Wilson is an American singer and musical theatre actor. He will represent San Marino in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, with the song “Spirit of the Night” in a duet with Sanmarinese singer Valentina Monetta. He studied acting in Hollywood, and then acted in the musical Sisterella, produced by Michael Jackson. He later moved to Germany to play Barack Obama in the musical Hope! – Das Obama Musical.[2] In 2012 he took part in the third series of the Polish version of Must Be the Music. He was eliminated in the semi-finals.

LYRICS

Him: Hey, are you the one I dream about
Her: Baby I am
Him: I really feel the night
Can take away my doubt
Her: I’ll try and do what I can
him: Every time I see you smile –
There is sadness in your eyes
Her: well I’ve been hurt before
him: I know it’s nothing new – and time will make you realize
Her: We always wish for more
Both: we find we ‘re searching high and low and always looking for the right time

Both: Together
We
Can
Make it through the night

Chorus
Both: It’s the spirit of the night
Spirit of the night
Burning like St. Elmo’s fire
Spirit of the night
Takes our feelings know much higher
Her: It’s the spirit of the night
we can live our fantasy
Both: Spirit of the night
Burning in our ecstasy

Verse 2
Him: Hey, are you the one to take my pain
Her: just take my hand
Him: I’ve been so hurt before –
It’s hard to trust again
Choir: Trust again
Her: you know I understand
Him: You’ve got me feeling right – and I can see the future is bright
Her: I’ll take your blues away
Both: I know no more searching high and low and always looking for the right time
Choir: right time

Both: Together
We Choir: we
Can Choir: Can
Make it trough the night

Chorus:
Both: It’s the spirit of the night
Spirit of the night
Burning like St . Elmo’s fire
Spirit of the night
Takes our feelings so much higher
Him: feed our deep desire

Her + Choir: It’s the spirit of the night
Him: it’s a feeling – got me reeling
Him: we can live our fantasy
Her: it’s the spirit of the night
Him: It’s a feeling, just a feeling
Burning in our ecstasy

Her: Time to celebrate our love –
We’re caught in it’s ray of light
Him: calling to the world out loud just let our spirits fly
Choir : spirits fly
Both: we can write another page in the golden age Within our lifetime

Both: It’s the spirit of the night
Choir: Spirit of the night
She: It’s the spirit of the night
Echo: night night night
Him: The spirit – of the night
Both: takes our feelings so much higher
and higher

It’s the Spirit of the night
Spirit of the night
Burning in our ecstasy
Choir: Spirit of the night
Spirit of the night
We can live our fantasy

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