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San Marino: Valentina Monetta – Maybe

    Valentina Monetta is hoping to make it third time lucky this year with her song Maybe, officially presented later on today. Unlike last year’s schizophrenic entry, Crisalide (Vola), where one half of the song was at odds with the other, Valentina has opted for an even-paced mid-tempo number with a slight West End feel (I can hear Evita) Maybe displays greater maturity than its predecessors, though there are still corny elements owing to Ralph Siegel’s influence. The piano-based intro adds haunting drama which gradually builds up to the second half of the song, where a simple 4x4 drum…

Review Overview

Song Appeal
Vocal Strength
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Likely Televote Appeal
Likely Jury Appeal
Historical Support Strength

Possibly(?)

On the whole, it’s not a bad entry from San Marino, they just need a decent stage show and running order slot to threaten qualification.

User Rating: 3.53 ( 30 votes)

 
 
Valentina Monetta is hoping to make it third time lucky this year with her song Maybe, officially presented later on today.

Unlike last year’s schizophrenic entry, Crisalide (Vola), where one half of the song was at odds with the other, Valentina has opted for an even-paced mid-tempo number with a slight West End feel (I can hear Evita)

Maybe displays greater maturity than its predecessors, though there are still corny elements owing to Ralph Siegel’s influence.

The piano-based intro adds haunting drama which gradually builds up to the second half of the song, where a simple 4×4 drum beat lifts the arrangement. Unlike last year’ effort, this transition feels natural and less clichéd while less deserving of a place in Melodifestivalen circa 1990.

San Marino tends to struggle for televote support, yet last year still accumulated 47 points from second slot in the semi-final.  This year, the micro state has been drawn in the second half of semi-final two, and looking at the selected songs so far, I wouldn’t be surprised to see San Marino given a later running order slot.  I’m certain that Valentina’s third time lucky narrative will be a factor when the producers decide the running order.  If indeed San Marino are gifted a late slot, that should boost their televote enough to ensure they are in the fight for 10th place.  Furthermore, San Marino does have one or two allies that could get them half way to their target points tally.

The crucial part about Valentina’s 2014 song is that it’s hard to dislike. It’s very middle-of-the-road, which should help when it comes to the jury ranking; last year they were ranked 10th.

Maybe doesn’t have a big note, which may play against them a tad when it comes to standing out against some of the other second-half semi-finalists, but this is something to assess once we have the running order.

On the whole, it’s not a bad entry from San Marino, they just need a decent stage show and running order slot to threaten qualification.

Do you think that Maybe San Marino will qualifiy?

  • Qualification History
  • Allies
San Marino have never qualified for the final.

Highest score: 146 (2004 – Re-Union – Without You)
Lowest score: 47 (2013 – Valentina Monetta – Crisalide (Vola))
Average semi-final finishing position: 15th
Average semi-final score: 29 points

Average Points Received

Greece – 8.6
Malta – 8.5
Bulgaria – 8.0
Albania – 7.8
Italy – 7.7
Turkey – 6.3
Armenia – 4.8
Montenegro – 4.5
Norway – 4.3
Moldova – 3.6

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5 comments

  1. If Crisalide was the lead single from a Ralph/Valentina album, this would be the follow-up. It’s alright, but once again it smacks of Siegel’s dreadfully dated production and a tacky approach to creating a passionate, classy Italian ballad. It’s like making the romantic gesture of proposing to your girlfriend with a £30 ring from Argos and dinner at Zizzi’s.

    Thankfully it lacks the disco this time around, but there is still a beat, and if you go look for this song on iTunes or wherever, you’ll notice that there’s a dance version and a radio version which is somewhat more dramatic and electronic. Honestly it’s like Siegel just can’t bear to leave the Eurotrash aspect of it out and this particular arrangement was a compromise when Valentina just wants to be honest with the audience.

    I would actually like this a lot more if a real orchestra was part of the recording, it’s just so obvious that Ralph’s done this on a computer and it sounds so plastic because of it.

    It’s theatrical, repetitive and esoteric, and depends a hell of a lot on the staging. They can’t get away with this just being a straight “go out there and sing” because it’ll come off too dull – but at the same time, they can’t start caressing IKEA lamps and being all “la grand chanson” with it either. Either way, subtle doesn’t seem to be a word that exists in Siegel’s dictionary, so it’ll probably come off insincere and plastic again.

    I think, given the standard of this year and the semi final they are placed in, Valentina will get what she wants this year, but they’ll be lucky to get higher than 18th place after that. Need to assess the standard of the semi final more closely to know for sure, though.

  2. easy listening hell

  3. sjajne bradavice i sjajna pesma

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