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San Marino: Valentina Monetta & Jimmie Wilson – Spirit Of The Night

It's the song we've all been waiting for! San Marino have just announced the return of Valentina Monetta for the fourth time. She will be joined by Jimmie Wilson and will perform the Ralph Siegel-penned Spirit Of The Night. Last year's disco throwback from Serhat finished 12th in semi-final 1, some 65-points adrift of potential qualification. Last time Siegel entered a song for San Marino, the nation finished 16th, 42-points short of qualification. Spirit Of The Night bridges both genres and sits a little closer to Valentina's previous cheesy entries from 2013 and 2014; the latter qualified 10th. The difficulty for San…
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Spirit of the Shite

The difficulty for San Marino exists in their lack of allies, or at least nations they have allegedly traded points with

User Rating: 2.78 ( 27 votes)

It’s the song we’ve all been waiting for! San Marino have just announced the return of Valentina Monetta for the fourth time. She will be joined by Jimmie Wilson and will perform the Ralph Siegel-penned Spirit Of The Night.

Last year’s disco throwback from Serhat finished 12th in semi-final 1, some 65-points adrift of potential qualification. Last time Siegel entered a song for San Marino, the nation finished 16th, 42-points short of qualification.

Spirit Of The Night bridges both genres and sits a little closer to Valentina’s previous cheesy entries from 2013 and 2014; the latter qualified 10th. The difficulty for San Marino exists in their lack of allies, or at least nations they have allegedly traded points with. However, the semi-finals are mostly watched by hardcore Eurovision fans, and Valentina’s reappearance in the Contest could see a good level of support go San Marino’s way. Even so, subject to an amazing running order slot and staging to match, I have to favour non-qualification at present given there are plenty of better upbeat entries in this semi-final.

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11 comments

  1. It’s shite but by San Marino’s standard’s it aint half bad, Jammie Wilson is definitely the sugar daddy in the act!

  2. hmmm this looks like last place of the semi, very very weak.

  3. It’s uptempo, it’s lively, it’s got a good hook, it should be competently sung (make that well sung in the case of Jimmie Wilson) and I can imagine it going down well in the hall.

    I should be saying this is a contender, but I’m not writing this c1980. Spirit of the Night is so dated (and not in good way like Portugal) and that is probably the main thing juries and televoters will have in their minds.

    My gut says definite NQ, but as Cathal says it is better than recent San Marino efforts. And it is in the second half of semi two. Who knows, they just might come up with something unexpectedly good for the staging. So I’m not going to write it off entirely at this stage. (but I’m pretty damned close to it!)

  4. It’s not terrible (but pretty bad) and with semi 2 (Bulgaria pending) the worst semi I can recall its not hopeless. I have it missing out but you never know. Might come down to if this Jimmy Wilson fella has money left for staging and backhanders.

  5. Says a lot when even a Siegel song isn’t the cheesiest song in Semi 2…

  6. It’s alright, actually. It’s not impossible for this to qualify.

    …I should get some sleep.

    • San Marino should count themselves lucky that most of the strongest songs are in the other semi.

      Semi 1: bloodbath. Semi 2: “eh, just don’t mess up and you should qualify easily”.

  7. Siegel once again delivers. Smashing tune gonna break those spotify servers. Legend.

  8. This is just such a typical Ralhp Siegal song, bar skulduggery this doesn’t stand the remotest chance of qualifying.

  9. Wow, this title (song) sounds like (a commercial for) some sort of hygiene product.
    On the bright side–one can hope: just like their previous entry with the hilarious “no!” audience shout-over at the beginning, this song has “hey”.
    I look forward to a cheese-tastic performance whereby the audience starts the song by yelling “hey” and almost causing 1 of the singers to laugh.
    Don’t expect to see it in the final; rather a body-spray (deodorant?) with the same name in 10 years.

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