San Marino: Anita & Michele

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They’ve not chosen the same vibes as San Marino veteran Valentina Monetta (who sent San Marino to the final for the first time last year), but this young duo – both Junior Eurovision graduates – have clearly been studying the Eurovision archives. Cramming every possible acoustic and lyrical cliche into three minutes, this track succeeds in creating a memorable riff – but not a whole lot else. Quite how Anita and Michele’s vision could possibly change reality is beyond me, but this does belong in the final, if only for being in the spirit of the competition.

 

Credit: Carlo Terenzi


 

 

All Kinds of Everything: interview with Anita and Michele


Who is your favourite Eurovision act of all time?

Anita: I’m really young and remember directly just a few of Eurovision Song Contest editions. Certainly, it’s impossible to ignore or forget an entry like the one of Céline Dion in 1988, Ne partez pas sans moi. Then, Valentina Monetta’s Maybe was for all of us a great success and it made San Marino reach the final for the first time.

Michele: Marco Mengoni, because I’m Italian and because I’ve always been following Marco’s career since he participated in X-Factor in Italy.

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WINNER: Lordi

Anita: their image as a group is amazing and their weirdness makes them really unique.

Michele: I like their style.

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WINNER: Céline Dion

Anita: Céline Dion, because I think she’s one of the best singers ever. I love her tone, the emotions she’s able to give…she’s also really beautiful, but in a modest way.

Michele: Both of them, because are great artists and from their performance I can learn the best secrets to improve.

What does the general public in San Marino think of Eurovision?

Anita: They think that Eurovision is something incredible and it’s impossible to disagree with that!

Michele: In Italy, Eurovision wasn’t so popular, but since 2012 it became the most important festival after Sanremo.

Do you have any rituals before going on stage?

Anita: I take with me a very special necklace.It’s made of silver and the pendant is “A” shaped, A is the initial letter of my best friend’s name and without it I can’t perform! I don’t have particular rituals, I just take some deep breaths and I focus on the song.

Michele: I pray. And it works :)

How do you normally watch the Eurovision Song Contest?

Anita: Yes I’ve always watched it with my family, at home, sitting on the couch, focusing on the show and thinking about how much I would have wanted to be on that stage! Then, it happened!

Michele: I normally watch it at home, with my family.

 

 

Hello Europe, it’s Camilla calling! Here are the points from the House of Apcar vote.

San Marino: 5 points.

According to my own personal preference, I have awarded points to all 40 acts entering this year’s contest, with four countries receiving each set of points used by the EBU (12, 10, and 8-1).