Glossy wave icon. Free flag icons from San MarinoSAN MARINO
BROADCASTER
SONG   "The Social Network Song (oh oh uh oh oh)" 
SINGER   Valentina Monetta
MUSIC  Ralph Siegel   LYRICS  Timothy Touchton, José Santana Rodriguez
DRAW   #11 in the first semi-final

 

THIS YEAR'S ENTRY

In late 2011 San Marinese broadcaster SMRTV confirmed that they would be sending their third Eurovision Song Contest entry to Baku and that once again the entry would be chosen using an internal selection. Local artists were asked to submit potential Eurovision entries. SMRTV confirmed on March 14th, that local singer Valentina Monetta would represent San Marino in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 and that the the entry would be presented two days later, in a special television show.

On March 16th, in a special television show, which featured interviews with singer programme by SMRTV with singer Valentina Monetta and composer Ralph Siegel, the song "Facebook Uh, Oh, Oh" was presented as the Sanmarinese entry. Within minutes people were reaching for the Eurovision rulebook and it immediately became clear that the song breached the rule that states "No commercial messages of any kind shall be allowed." It later transpired that the EBU had advised SMRTV that there would be issues, before the song was unveiled and that another entry would have to be found.

Facing the deadline for the submission of songs for Baku, the original entry was quickly re-recorded, to remove any reference to Facebook and on March 22nd, a revised entry "The Social Network Song (oh oh uh oh oh)" was released.

 

BIOGRAPHY

The story of Valentina Monetta representing San Marino is a sort of fairy tale. Taking part in the Eurovision Song Contest requires organisation, partners, resources, the right song and the right interpreter. SMtv started working on that last autumn, evaluating different proposals and initially Valentina wasn’t one of them!

The internal selection started, the proposals left were finally two and then one, but at the very last moment the unplanned happened. They needed a good, young, Sammarinese singer and they needed her straight away.

Valentina Monetta was singing on a Saturday night, and that same night, the SMtv director was there by chance. She listened to her, and really appreciated her. She was the perfect singer for the song they had already selected. On the Monday they organised an audition.

Monetta has got a rich career, and she is used to adapting every style to suit her. Two days afterwards she recorded the song and shot the video in the production studio.

With her first group 'Tiberio' she got her first taste of Black Music vocals (R&B, Soul, Funky, Acid Jazz), while she worked with Hip Hop with her second group 'Parafunky' and started a new partnership with Monica Giacomobono for the Sharm project, which then became Harem-B. In 2002 she released the single Sharp in collaboration with Paul Manners Production.

She continued her collaboration with vocalist Vanessa J and high calliper musicians like Marcello Sutera, Nicola Peruk and Nabuk. In the meantime, she was able to put her love of jazz and Bossa nova into practice with various local bands.

In 2006, she joined the discography project, 2black, a very successful record in 2004 with the single (a remake of In Alto Mare by Loredana Bertè) Waves of Love, releasing the main track VAI with a new single in the summer of 2006.

She has backed performers such as Silvie Vartan, Vanessa-J, DJ Master Frees, Bombo’s, El Ruben, Elena Cattaneo and Dance-House for musical productions, and the New York artist R Fame. She has also worked with Sammarinese band Blue Mobile.

In the meantime, Valentina created her bases, her melodies and her beats, submitting the song Se Non Ci Sei Tu for the competition to select the artist to represent San Marino at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2008.

Today, thanks to her experience, better self-awareness and talent, Valentina Monetta started to explore her love of jazz and Bebop rediscovering the importance of Italian music and its artists. She recorded her album Il Mio Gioco Preferito with the trio 'My Funky Valentine'.

For composer Ralph Siegal, this will be a record breaking twentieth Eurovision entry. He won the contest for his native Germany in 1982 with "Ein Bisschen Frieden" (A Little Peace) and has also had entries represent, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Montenego. Spanish lyricist José Santana Rodriguez also collaborated with Siegel on Montenegro's 2009 entry.

REACTION

Once the dust settled on the breach of the rules the San Marinese entry received almost all its promotion online, as befits the title. As yet the song has not been performed live. Bookmakers rate this as the rank outsider to qualify fro the semi-finals, at 7/1 and you can almost name your own price to bet on it as the winner. 

Prediction polls are equally dismissive of the song's chances and in most fan polls San Marino can be found in the bottom three songs of the year.

 

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE (BAKU TIME)*
Date Rehearsal Press Conference
Monday May 14th 11:45 - 12:25 13:10 - 13:50
Thursday May 17th 17:50 - 18:20 19:05 - 19:35
*Baku is four hours ahead of Ireland and the schedule has still to be confirmed officially

 

 

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SAN MARINO AT EUROVISION

  • First entry: 2008
  • Number of previous entries: 2
  • Best result: 16th in the semi-final (2011) 
  • Worst result: Last in the semi-final (2008)  
  • Qualification record: 0/2 (0% success)

 

TEN YEAR FORM GUIDE

 

WEBMASTER REVIEW

"After sending two entries that I would have loved to have seen make the final, San Marino comes up with the cheesiest thing I've heard at Eurovision, in years. The melodic sounds like something re-cycled from the 1980s and the lyrics are just embarrassing. This is the kind of entry that brings Eurovision into disrepute. What annoys me most, is that having had the first version disqualified, they stuck with this nonsense , rather than trying to find anything better. The only positive thing I can say here is that at least the singer is from San Marino and based on performances videos, she seems like a really good jazz singer. Why she chose to sing this song, is a mystery to me. A certain non-qualifier." - Keith Mills

YOUR REVIEWS

"I wonder why most fans hate this one. The lyrics are very ironic in a witty way and the singer is very cute. The music is also catchy, I don't find anything to dislike here. Unfortunately, this is San Marino and if they failed badly with a great song in 2008, I doubt they will make it this time, sadly enough."- Paschalis Barmpoutis (Greece)

"My guilty pleasure of the year. I know that many fans hate it, but I think it's a very fun song and it stays in your head. I think this may surprise many and that it qualifies for the final. Imo San Marino deserves a place in the final. It's certainly not the worst song on offer this year!"  Nicky Peeters  (Belgium)

"Too bubblegum pop for my cup of tea. She is pretty, but the song is nothing special. Musically it is average, I think it will be well staged, but last year they had an excellent entry and it didn’t make it to the final, so I doubt if they will achieve anything better this year." - Athan (Greece)

"Oh dear. Bring back those nice boys they made their disastrous debut, four4 years ago. Has Facebook become such a large part of modern life that it's necessary to sing songs about it in Eurovision? This will certainly bomb in the semi-final and a competitor for last place along with Montenegro, Latvia and Georgia. At least her singing voice isn't too bad, at least without the "stylistic" auto-tune."- Olivia Gavazansky  (U.K.)

"I simply don't have the words to describe how stupid and degrading this song represents to the music culture in general. You know the only thing I admire about Valentina? Her self esteem; Yep, she's not ashamed of anything she's doing with this entry despite the fact that she's 37 and completely sober, so good for her. Yes, you can get the satirical point of this Facebook anthem but this could have work so much better as a viral video rather than a competing song to the Eurovision Song Contest. Going back with the singer, her profile here says she's an acid jazz performer, so why she didn't brought this to the contest it could've also been a satirical song without the cheesy europop beats. I'm also asking what is she going to do with all the auto-tune of the studio version, is this allowed on the ESC stage? If it does we will have the Youtube and twitter songs next year trust me... and what the hell is all that uh oh ah oh uh ou oh for?” - Anthony Lopez (Venezuela)