Sanmarinese broadcaster has announced the name of its internally selected representative. Valentina Monetta, who represented San Marino last year will be again in the competition with a song written in Italian and English. Crisalide, or Chrysalis in the English version, will also be composed once again by Ralph Siegel, with Mauro Balestri this time providing the lyrics.
Siegel has worked on many songs with Monetta since the summer of 2012. In August they recorded a selected number of songs, amongst which they have chosen Crisalide as the one to be presented to SMRTV. The song has been written to suit Monetta’s vocal skills and is described as having an Italian style melody with a modern pop sound in the final minute; and Monetta is the perfect singer for it, both in Italian and English.
The actual song will be presented to the public at a later date in a special programme broadcast on San Marino RTV, and via satellite and the web.
SMTV has shared all artistical choices with the production team and has asked for the asistance of Fabrizio Raggi, a San Marino actor and director, who has worked a lot with Monetta during the summer of 2012. He’s the director of two shows in which Monetta sings her brand new CD and performs the songs of various lyricists. The shows are Camelia and Ma Che Differenza Fa.
Valentina Monetta represented San Marino at Eurovision 2012 with the song The Social Network (Uh-oh-oh), also composed by Ralph Siegel, Timothy Touchton and Jose Juan Santana but she didn’t qualify for the final.
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’.
The name has been announced during an special press conference taken place in the Congress Palace of the Republic of San Marino. This the 4th participation of San Marino at Eurovision and they never qualified for the final (so far).
SMRTV representative stated that the result of San Marino at Eurovision 2013 will decide its participation the following years