Saturday, 4 May 2013

Monty’s Eurovision Countdown 2013 Part 32 - SAN MARINO Crisalide (Vola) by Valentina Monetta

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Last year little San Marino continued their quest to qualify with a very odd song indeed. Initially entitled Facebook (Uh Oh Oh Oh) the bouncy paean to procrastination fell foul of the rules on product placement and lost some of its impact when it was genericised as The Social Network Song. Fair play to Valentina for singing it all with a straight face for everybody knew it was doomed. It’s almost as if Valentina has now come back – for it is indeed she again having a second crack for San Marino – just to prove she’s actually a highly accomplished singer. She’s teamed up with Mr Eurovision Ralph Siegel again, a pairing that after last year’s fiasco could have been ill-advised were it not for the fact that this is surprisingly good. Singing in Italian, which lends a natural confidence to her vocals over her reticent English, Valentina plays a blinder. The song has a both a classy and classical feel to it and builds nicely for the first couple of minutes and then – what’s this? – it ratchets up a gear or two to add a beat for the last third. Initially this is quite disarming as it’s the kind of tempo change you anticipate earlier (although a late switch worked well for Lithuania’s Donny Montell last year). However it’s actually quite a fitting style given the link to the titular chrysalis and evokes the emerging butterfly sonically and lyrically. It’s a risk, as it may go way over many viewers’ heads, but there’s a competence to this which I have to admire Uncle Ralph for and which comes from many years honing your craft. It feels like he’s found the right vehicle for Valentina this time round and I suspect this will easily be San Marino’s best result to date and their first appearance in the final.

My score: 10 points

Monty x

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