Friday, March 17, 2017

San Marino - Spirit of the night - Valentina Monetta & Jimmie Wilson

18 - 1pt in semi 2
Valentina Monetta & Jimmie Wilson represented San Marino with the song Spirit Of The Night.
Ralph Siegel wrote the music, Steven Barnacle and Jutta Staudenmayer wrote the lyrics.

Here's the official video

Four versions of the song have been released so far. (digital release, Eurosong records)
A cdsingle features three versions and extra material like video, bio's, photos and lyrics.
It has an official Cat. No. (Sony 889854351120) and has been (is) available in  some online shops. You can buy your copy at Bearecords.
See versions for details.

Uh, Oh, it's Valentina
It's the 4th time we saw Valentina representing San Marino.
Since coming into our world with the Social Network Song a.k.a. The Facebook Song valentina has released two albums.
La Storia Di Valentina Monetta (a.k.a. Crisalide, 2013) and Sensibilità (2014).
Both albums include several versions and mixes of her Eurovision songs.
Check out all about those versions and mixes (and their are loads of them) through the links below.
2012 - The Social Network Song Oh Oh Uh Oh Oh
Digital release image
2013 - Crisalide (Vola)
2014 - Maybe (Forse)

Jimmie Wilson
Jimmie Wilson is an American singer currentlu working in Germany.
He is most known for his role as Barack Obama in the musical Hope, Das Obama Musical.
He released his debut album So Damn Beautiful on May 12. (But Spirit.. is not on it)

Spirit of the night - ESC version
- Kyiv 2CD
Spirit of the night - Radio version
Spirit of the night - Club Version
- above 3 on promo cds
Spirit of the night - karaoke of Radio version
- all digital releases
Spirit of the night - karaoke of ESC version (= instrumental)
- digital release (official karaoke album)

South African singer Colé van Dais teamed up with Ukrainian singer Sergey Sysuev and recorded a coverversion in English and Russian. It can be found on the 2018 album Colé and Friends.
Find out all about this album here at Eurocovers.

Ralph Siegel
For Ralph Siegel it's the 24th Eurovision entry, the first one was in 1974 with Ireen Sheer's Bye Bye I Love You. (4th Place for Luxembourg).
His most successful song was the 1982 winner Ein Bisschen Frieden by Nicole for Germany, but you already knew that.
He worked with several lyricists, but most notably Bernd Meinunger with whom he wrote 16 of the 24 entries. Some of his biggest successes:
1979 - Dschinghis Khan - Dschinghis Khan (Germany, 4th)
1980 - Theater - Katja Ebstein (Germany, 2nd)
1981 - Johnny Blue - Lena Valaitis (Germany, 2nd)
1987 - Lass die Sonne in dein Herz - Wind (Germany, 2nd)
1999 - Reise nach Jerusalem - Sürpriz (Germany 3rd)
in 2014 he helped Valentina Monetta get to the final, the first and only time San Marino achieved that.
For the list of all Siegel entries you can check this Wiki.

Valentina's Sensibilità (2014)
Links and sources
Valentina Monetta:  Facebook
Jimmie Wilson: Website, Facebook
Announcement and lyrics at SMTV
Recent Sammarinese Eurovision gems: 20162015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011
Serhat's 2016 Sammarinese entry flopped, even though it was utter brilliance. Let's see if they do better this time.

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