When Adrenalina songstress Senhit invited Flo Rida to join her on the Eurovision stage to represent San Marino, it wasn’t always clear if the rapper would actually rock up in Rotterdam.
‘Actually, when I invited him to join me on the Eurovision stage back in March, the decision was made there with joy. It was not easy to predict the travelling restrictions, but there we go… I’m very happy to have him with me to perform ADRENALINA, not only to Europe but to the whole world! We are ready!’
The Most Serene rapper, Flo Rida has this to say:
‘What’s up the Netherlands, it’s your man Flo Rida! I’m so excited to see you guys at the Eurovision Song Contest. I’ll be hitting the stage with the superstar talented Senhit to perform our new record Adrenalina. It’s such a good feeling to be back in Europe after so long. I’m very grateful to be able to perform once again, and on the biggest stage in the world.’
Similar to Portugal in 2017, the Sammarinese delegation sought special dispensation from Eurovision organisers, well in advance of rehearsals, to make sure they were able to take the opportunity of including the rapper as part of the performance, should it present itself.
A spokesperson for the EBU explained:
“Following a request from the San Marino broadcaster, the EBU, Host Broadcasters and Reference Group agreed to grant permission for the delegation to use a stand-in artist during the first and second rehearsals of their song on the condition that Flo Rida would arrive in Rotterdam in time to perform in the full-dress rehearsals as well the Live Shows.”
All week Senhit has been teasing the rapper’s appearance, wearing images of Flo Rida in place of the baroque iconography ensconced in her elaborate headpiece during rehearsals.
Flo Rida has sold in excess of 100 million records globally, and his debut single Low was a worldwide hit that broke all records for digitals sales in 2006.
In an interview with Music Connection, the rapper explored his love of mashing up musical genres and performing for gigantic crowds, making him the perfect participant for a competition like Eurovision:
You know, growing up on music in the ‘80s, I loved watching the Walk This Way video with Run-DMC and Aerosmith. They showed how you can cross over into different genres and still come up with hot music to inspire people. Every time I create an album, such as Wild Ones, I’m always trying to fuse hip-hop with different genres, because I love to watch people’s reactions when I perform them in front of thousands of people.