San Marino: Valentina Monetta

San Marino



Valentina Monetta represented San Marino last year, finishing in 14th place at the first semi-final with The Social Network Song (Oh Oh – Uh – Oh Oh), which sadly did not make the final. She’s back to try her luck again this year with a new look and a new song: Crisalide (Chrysalis). They haven’t made it to the final since its first entry in 2008, but perhaps 2013 will be the lucky year for the Sanmarinese?



Don’t let your eyes be fooled. This isn’t Valentina Monetta’s ethereral-looking twin. It’s still the same lady of The Social Network Song fame. And, as much as I enjoy her progression in vocal range…her 2012 attempt was far more memorable. Instead of lying belly-down at her laptop, Valentina’s now lying on her back waiting for that dramatic tempo and costume change, which – don’t be fooled – does of course tie into the chrysalis theme, (for lyrics courtesy of the EBU see next tab) for the last minute of this otherwise uninspiring track. How the bubble-blowing septagenarians and crowned princesses will translate when live on stage is hard to say, but learn to do those mid-air acrobatic tricks for the semis and become a real butterfly, Valentina, and you might just be in with a better chance than last year. Maybe. But probably not.

Contagious rating: 2/10




Sometimes I feel torn inside
Far away from life and light
And there is a voice in my soul
Just believe in the truth it will let you see
The bridges of eternity

Is my being good or bad
Just a dream that god has had
With two eyes reflecting the dark
I must die to start living
And I’ll start forgiving
All that pain and despair in my heart

You’ll be flying
On the wings of confidence
Just stop crying
And the future will make sense
Start emerging from your chrysalis
Find the kind of freedom that you miss
Like a butterfly

Sometimes when the rain pours down
Holds you captured on the ground
And it seems your wings just won’t dry
Times they are changing
The wind blows the clouds of tears away
As you rise to the sky

You’ll be flying
Leaving all you’ve been behind
Don’t stop trying
Don’t let sunlight make you blind
Until the image in the looking glass
Cracks to pieces and at last
You’ll see the light

There is more in life
Than your dreams have ever known
And our hidden fantasy
Is the universe we own

On the wings of confidence
No more crying
For uncertainties are friends
You’re emerging from your chrysalis
Real freedom feels like this
Flying to the sky

And let loving be your guide
Love’s not lying
For the truth is on its side
Changing everything and everyone
Like a shining new born sun
Only hearts can see
Flying, flying
Flying – fly on with me