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Wednesday, 30 January 2013 23:31

San Marino: Valentina Monetta Back for More

SMTV, the broadcaster responsible for the participation of San Marino at the Eurovision Song Contest is currently gearing up for their fourth participation in the renowned international showcase. Several music submissions were sent in but ultimately, it was decided that Valentina Monetta would be returning to the competition, with a song entitled Crisalide composed by Ralph Siegel and penned by Mauro Balestri. It was revealed during the press conference this morning that Siegel and Monetta worked together to create the ideal song, in order to suit her vocals and it seems that the broadcaster saw it as the best option.

During the 2012 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, Valentina Monetta had represented the microstate of San Marino with The Social Network Song, achieving fourteenth place with thirty one points in total, clearly the best result achieved at the international showcase. It is yet unknown whether Valentina will be performing the track in Italian or in English at the Eurovision Song Contest although it seems that both versions have been recorded. The track of the mico-state will be revealed quite soon during a special programme which will focus about the two-time representative, Valentina Monetta. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest updates.

Source: SMTV, Eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7IoR_5HPQ0

Valentina Monetta is the first San Marino representative to actually come from the small state and it seems that she has been gaining a lot of reaction everywhere she goes noting that her entry was quite controversial at first due to the lyrics in which she heavily promoted social networking website Facebook but since then the Ralph Siegel track has been altered in order to focus on all types of media in the present social world. The performance of the song will be put forward during the first semi-final of this years' Eurovision Song Contest and many have been discounting it to qualify but the way that she has been welcome during her promotional tour might suggest the complete opposite. Valentina oozes charm and character every where she goes and her last two stops were the United Kingdom and Israel.

During her time in the United Kingdom, Valentina gave an interview to the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) along with all of the other participants in the event answering a number of short questions apart from performing at the event. Nevertheless, the visit in Israel was quite different noting that her presence during the fan-club party was very well appreciated. She has also recorded an interview for Channel 10's late night programme known as Tznor Layla where she spoke about her plans for Baku, Azerbaijan. In the meantime, she also made sure to attend the Eurovision Tribute Concert at the  Jerusalem Theatre filmed by the state broadcaster; IBA. This was the point where she met up with Izhar Cohen, the winner of the 1978 Eurovision Song Contest.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JaaSuXVuSEI

The last visit that she made was to the Wailing Wall, the holiest site for any Judaism followers. Her final day in Israel included an interview with Radio Tel Aviv 102FM followed by a join press conferences with Izabo as the Montefiore Restaurant in Tel Aviv. She would end up giving yet another radio interview to Radius 100FM before meeting up with fans at the OGAE Israel party in the evening where she was given an honorary lifetime membership in the club. Valentina Monetta also found the time to record a video message for her fans of escflashmalta.com which you can see just above. Stay tuned for more news as soon as it becomes available.

Source: Press Release

The Team of Radio International would like to invite to join the weekly Ultimate Eurovision Experience. The Show is broadcast on 106.8FM and Digital Cabel 41 in the Netherlands and also via the internet via www.radiointernational.tv and will also be web-televised via the show's own Live Video Channel via the website. The simulcast will be from 2000 – 2300 hours CET this Wednesday.

Eurovision in Concert 2012: 

Last Saturday, 21 April 2012, the annual Eurovision Music extravaganza took place in Amsterdam for the fourth time where this year is a record of 24 countries' representatives performed their entry to the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 which will come from Baku, Azerbaijan on May 22, 24 and 26. The event was a full success with an early start for the artists and journalists meeting in the delegation hotel in Amsterdam for the first session of interviews. After a Word of Welcome from EBU's Sietse Bakker the artists were taken by boat to the centre of Amsterdam for their soundcheck in the venue for the evening - The Melkweg. That also included the second session of interviews with the many international media that was accredited. The Team of Radio International in combination with Poplight from Sweden were also present to conduct as many interviews as possible with the 2012 Hopefulls. This week on Radio International listen to interviews with the representatives of Austria, Belarus, Lithuania, Portugal, Romania, San Marino and Switzerland.

Interview with Litesound (Belarus 2012):

After Anastasia Vinnekova's "I love Belarus" in 2011 which did not qualify Belarus for the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 Belarus tries it this time with a young Rock & Pop Band by the name of Litesound. The band is composed of the two brothers Dmitry and Vladimir Karyakin, and Italian singer Jacopo Massa and will perform "We are the Heroes" which is definitely a grower. Belarus will be in Semi Final 2 on Thursday, 24 May 2012 at Number 5. Eric & JP met the singers at the annual Eurovision Promotion event in Brussels last weekend and had the big pleasure of an extensive interview.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnJZG0eyavs

Interview with Donny Montell (Lithuania 2012):   

Lithuania will be represented by young singer Donny Montell who will perform the song "Love is blind" which will go into the competition in Semi Final 2 at Number 18. Donny was also part of the guest list of Eurovision in Concert 2012 in Amsterdam on 21 April 2012 and the team of Radio International had the pleasure of a short interview with the singer.  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28Zel35BCwo

Interview with Mandinga (Romania 2012):  

In 2011 Hotel FM represented Romania at the Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Change". This year Romania sends in the happy sounds of Romanian Group Mandinga who is a mix of Romanian and Cuban members. The song is called "Zaleilah" and is based in Mandinga's Dance during the peformance. But more details you can hear in the interview on this week's show. Romania will be in Semi Final 1 at Number 6. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VH2t9LpRGQk

Eurovision Song Contest Sportlight - Eurovision 2012 - The Team's Favourites:  

Last week Dermot Manning gave us his lists of the Top 10 what he thinks will be ending up in the Top Ten but also what his favourite Top 10 of the 57th Eurovision Song Contest are. This week is the turn of Alasdair Rendall. 

Interview with Valentina Monetta (San Marino 2012): 

2012 is the third time for San Marino to take part at the Eurovision Song Contest after Mio Dio in 2008 and Senit in 2011. This year San Marino teamed up with German Song Writer Ralph Siegel who delivered the "Social Network Song" which will be performed by Valentina Monetta at the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Semi Final 1 at Number 11. Radio International interviewed the young lady during Eurovision in Concert 2012 in Amsterdam on 21 April 2012.  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqwBh9hq9PE

Euro Friends Song Contest 2012 with Andy Simon:

Continuing with the Euro Friends Song Contest in search for the ultimate Eurovision song as voted for by the many fans around the world. Andy  Simon joins us every week to reveal the qualifiers for the next round.  The website of the Euro Friends Song Contest www.euro-friends.com where you can easily vote for your favourite Eurovision song per country and also see The Euro-Friends TV Show as hosted by Andy Simon. You can also join the Facebook Group. This week Andy looks at the next qualifiers from Heat 47 (United Kingdom).

Interview with Sinplus (Switzerland 2012):  

Gabriel & Ivan are Sinplus and were also on the guest list of Eurovision in Concert but as well part if the Eurovision Promo Event in Brussels on 29 April 2012. There Radio International's Eric chattet with the boys about the preprations for Baku. "Unbreakable" is the Eurovision entry of Switzerland  in Semi Final 1 at Number 7. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yX1dIK9vuc

Eurovision Song Contest News with Luke Fisher from escXtra.com:

Check out the latest developments connected to the Eurovision Song Contest. Whether it is music releases of Eurovision performers, appearances, special concerts, gossip, news, etc. Luke will have the latest updates during this week's edition of the show.

Interview with the Trackshittaz (Austria 2012):  

Part of the guest line-up at Eurovision in Concert was also the Austrian representatives to the 57th Eurovision Song Contest - the Trackshittaz who will perform "Woki mit deim Popo" in Semi Final 1 at Number 16. This song is in total contrast to what the country sent in 2011 when Nadine Beiler performed "The Secret is Love". You either love or hate "Woki mit deim Popo". Check out the interview the Team of Radio International did at the event with the Rappers from Austria.  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKQf8Z5uWQ8

Eurovision Music Requests/Eurovision Quiz:

A big part of the show is playing listeners' requests. Submit your requests and / or greetings to your Eurovision friends through Radio International via the CONTACT Link on www.radiointernational.tv or via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. But also don’t miss out on the weekly Eurovision Quiz where you can win something.

Interview with Filipa Sousa (Portugal 2012):  

The winner of the Portuguese national selection to the Eurovision Song Contest called Festival da Canacao this year is Filipa Sousa who is the Portuguese Ambassador at the 57th Eurovision Song Contes. Unlike last year with Homens da Luta, Filipa bring back to Eurovision the traditional "Fado-like" sounds of Portugal to Eurovision in the song "Vida Minha" (My Life) which wil be in Semi Final 2 at Number 6. Listen to a short interview with the singer done at Eurovision in Concert 2012. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPJUJHLGhA8

Join Radio International on Wednesday, 02 May 2012 from 2000 - 2300 hours CET, via the website or on FM. Radio International is available live via www.radiointernational.tv and on FM 106.8 and Digital Cabel Channel 41 in parts of the Netherlands. Should you not be able to listen live, the show will appear in the Programme’s Show Archive a few hours after it’s airing on the radio.

Source: Team of Radio International

San Marino is one of the countries that continues making headlines day after day for a number of issues, whether positive or negative but nevertheless, the promotion is somewhat quite interesting especially when Valentina Monetta, this years' representative has also decided to include her fans in the proceedings. He is organizing a Social Network Video Contest with the lucky winner given a trip for two to the Oktoberfest in Munich. Apart from that, there will also be a €1000 cash prize and also some prizes for the runner-ups. The videos can be submitted until the 14th May 2012 meaning there is not a lot of time left. You can watch those submitted thus far through the official YouTube page of the artist whilst we are going to tell you how you can apply for such a project.

Step by step, this is of course possible therefore, the first thing that one has to do is to download the song through the medium of iTunes, either as an instrumental or as it will be presented at the Eurovision Song Contest. Then make sure to use your iPhone, iPad, Android , Camera, Webcam or Camcorder to create a music video for the song itself. The team behind the song has also given the option of downloading the special green screen of the music video and then one could edit himself within the video. This could be done through iMovie, Windows Movie Maker, FinalCutX, Premiere, AFX or any other video editing software to create your own music video.

The third step is uploading the video to YouTube on a person account which can be obtained for free and when tagging the keywords,make sure to invlude these: 'EUROVISION 2012' 'SAN MARINO' 'SOCIAL NETWORK MUSIC VIDEO CONTEST'. In order to be eligible to compete, all of the keywords have to be put in correctly. Last but not least, the participation registration page has to be filled out with the personal details of the submitted video and the individual behind it. Do not forget to read all of the respective terms and conditions. The video will then be added to the playlist on the YouTube page of Valentina if accepted.
 
The prizes are quite interesting especially due to the fact that the runner-up will take €700, the second runner-up will win €500 and then the prizes from fourth till tenth will vary between €100 and €200. It has also been revealed that a special prize will be given for the person with the most views on YouTube which will be a long weekend in San Marino inclusive of flights and hotel and a dinner with Valentina Monetta herself. They jury who will be picking the winner will vote for each video in top ten format as is the case at the Eurovision Song Contest. The members of the jury are as follows:
 
Valentina Monetta (singer of The social network song)
Ralph Siegel (Composer and producer of the Sammarinese entry)
Timothy Touchton (Lyricist)
José Juan Santana Rodríguez (Lyricist)
Carmen Lasorella (Director General of SMTV San Marino)
Alessandro Capicchioni (Head of Delegation of SMTV San Marino)
 
Source: SMRTV

The reviews are quickly moving forward and despite the recent time in lieu which had to be adhered to due to a technical fault, we are back with the eleventh entry in the first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Baku, Azerbaijan. The songs in the first semi-final feature a diversity of genres and that is why many fans of the competition feel that there will be a number of surprises in terms of the nations that will eventually be making it to the final stages. There are a couple of songs which will be expected to qyualify but then the other spots will remain a mystery until the live performances which are known to make or break an entry with both the juries and the people at home. This spot in the running order has been granted to the smallest nation to take part in the Eurovision Song Contest being San Marino who this year will be represented by Valentina Monetta and the track 'The Social Network Song (Oh Oh – Uh - Oh Oh)' composed by Ralph Siegel and penned by Timothy Touchton & José Santana Rodriguez.

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. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlShLbD6-wo

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. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtLiPj5lND4

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'.

The Critics Voice Their Opinion

Jan Van Dijck

  • Oh, oh, uh,oh, oh! What the hell is this…..? I can’t find any words in describing it! I just cannot award this any points, unfortunately hence zero (0) points from my end. It’s all together really ridiculous!

Knut-Oyvind Hagen

  • Sometimes it’s actually wise to stay at home. San Marino’s “effort” is so crap that it nearly makes you sick. An ordinary 12-year old will write better songs than this within 15 minutes! I recommend every viewer to put the remote on its mute-function during these 3 minutes, cause music like this can start wars or fights any time. As my colleague above, zero (0) points!

Pitchtunes

  • A dance-influenced song with a cheesy touch and too much autotune. Melody is catchy sometimes but lacks a message. We have decided to give this entry two (2) points for the effort.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqwBh9hq9PE

Entry Background

Performers: Valentina Monetta

Composers: Ralph Siegel

Authors: Timothy Touchton & José Santana Rodriguez

Song: The Social Network Song (Uh Uh - Oh - Uh Uh)

Language: English / Italian

Broadcaster: SMRTV

History of the Nation

San Marino is the last country to join the Eurovision Song Contest coming into the competition back in 2008 when the group Miodio took on the competition with the song Complice and following a disappointing result, they pulled out of the event only to return last year with a well known performer who goes by the name of Senit. The song that she performed in the competition was entitled Stand By and improved on the first result but still did not manage to qualify unfortunately and are hoping that their third entry will achieve a different result but most of the people and the experts do not seem to agree.

Source: Eurovision.tv for the Biographical Information and all respective media

Published in Editorials

One of the least successful countries in the Eurovision Song Contest is the micro-state of San Marino, one which is yet to qualify from the semi-final stages of the event despite two participations, one coming in 2008 with the group Miodio and their song 'Complice' and the other coming last year with Senit and her entry 'Stand By'. This time round, SMTV decided on staying true to their roots by sending someone who actually is from San Marino in the form of Valentina Monetta who is known for a variety of song styles. Nevertheless, the chosen song is the one that caused a lot of controversy and had to be changed following a respective announced from the European Broadcasting Union reference group. 

In the long run, the song kept the same melody but had to see a change in lyrics because the issue was the promotion of Social Networking website; Facebook. The brand new title of the song is 'The Social Networking Song (Oh Oh Uh Oh Oh)' and most of the segments have been amended to fit into the new regulations. In the meantime, the video of the song was quite an interesting process and the production company along with the San Marinese broadcaster has prepared a video in which one could see what happened behind the scenes of the shoot. There were quite a number of interesting things taking place therefore, you should take a look below. Stay tuned to ww.escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: SMTV

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDNF7A7WkrY

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