In our series of interviews of 2013 Eurovision Song Contest participants we land next in San Marino to chat with Valentina Monetta, who will represent San Marino at the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest as song number 2 in the second semi-final on 16 May with her entry, Crisalide.
Valentina Monetta was selected via an internal selection by SMRTV, the Sammarinese national broadcaster, to fly the country’s flag in Malmö. Valentina will be competing at the Eurovision Song Contest for the 2nd consecutive year.
1. Valentina how does it feel representing San Marino at the Eurovision Song Contest for the 2nd time? You will make history for being the first Sammarinese artist to represent your country 2 times.
It is a confirmation for my good work and that my country really believes in my talent. I would like once again to say thank you for trusting and believing in me again. I will try to go the final.
2. How was your Eurovision experience in Baku last year? What did you gain from it and what was the most memorable moment for you? What did you bring back with yourself?
Baku was like throwing yourself down off an airplane without a parachute, but it was a really fun experience and it helped me to get to know Ralph Siegel better. I am really glad I am working with him again this year. The best part of the Baku experience was the park of the Crystal Hall, where I was live on air with Sevda Alekper Zadeh in the Jazz Session Breakfast TV during the Eurovision. Improvising and mixing our own personal music and vocals, accompanied from various musicians it was an undescribable experience. It is a very nice way to get to know each other. WOW!
3. What is your Eurovision entry about? What’s the story behind your song? Is there a message?
I’ve felt like a finger touching a wound that was being cured with a very interesting musical harmony such melody was so similar to the type of songs I sing. ‘Crisalide’ is like a breath of life, an awareness of a new truth to help us face courage, a positive message to recover ourselves…. destroying all the walls that don’t let us to believe in ourselves. The Beatles used to say ‘Let it be’ and I say ‘Fly’.
4. You have a totally new look and different approach this year in comparison to last year? What has brought this evolution and change?
I am a 38-year-old singer and not a teenager who talks. I feel that I am mature that’s why I have this change.
5. You will be singing Crisalide in Italian in Malmö. What made you opt to sing in Italian? And why not English? Or Bilingual?
In Italian because my interpretation will look better, even though the English version is strong.
6. How will you be staging your song and entry in Malmö? Tell us more about your stage performance?
Red, which is my favorite colour, my passion and my movements… that’s what I can say.
7. Are you planning to have a promo tour in order to promote your entry? If so where are you planning to go?
Amsterdam 13 April and London 21 April
8. Have you listened to any of the other competing entries at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest? Which are your favorites?
Anouk singing Birds
9. You will be competing in semi-final 2. Which songs do you think could be your rivals and hence strong contenders ?
I don’t know yet… and I would like to not to think about it for the moment.
10. If you were to rule the world for one day what would you change?
The fights in love
11. What message do you have for esctoday.com readers?
Believe more in love!
Esctoday.com would like to thank Valentina Monetta and SMRTV, San Marino for this interview and wish San Marino good luck on 16 May at the Eurovision Song Contest semi-final 2.