San Marino in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014

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Eurovision Song Contest 2014
Country  San Marino
National selection
Selection process Internal Selection
Selection date(s) Artist: 19 June 2013
Song: 14 March 2014
Selected entrant Valentina Monetta
Selected song "Maybe"
Finals performance
Semi-final result Qualified (10th, 40 points)
Final result 24th, 14 points
San Marino in the Eurovision Song Contest
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San Marino participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Their entry was chosen through an internal selection, organised by the Sammarinese broadcaster SMtv San Marino. Valentina Monetta who failed to qualify in two previous contest, represented San Marino with the song "Maybe", which qualified from the first semi-final.[1] This was San Marino's first qualification to the final since their debut in the contest in 2008. San Marino placed 24th in the final, scoring 14 points.

Internal selection[edit]

On 19 June 2013, SMtv San Marino announced that it had contracted Valentina Monetta to represent San Marino for a third consecutive year.[1] Valentina Monetta previously represented San Marino at the 2012 Contest with the song "The Social Network Song" and at the 2013 Contest with the song "Crisalide (Vola)", failing to qualify from the semi-finals on both occasions. Monetta was invited to participate for the third time by the Director General of SMtv San Marino, Carlo Romeo, who was disappointed by the nation's failure to qualify to the final in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013.

The Sammarinese entry, "Maybe", was presented during a special presentation program on 14 March 2014.[2][3] Monetta opted to perform the English version of the song at the Eurovision Song Contest 2014. However, an Italian version titled "Forse" was also recorded. Both versions of the song were composed by Ralph Siegel with lyrics by Mauro Balestri. Siegal and Balestri began composing several songs in July 2013 for which Monetta recorded demos in Forte dei Marmi and at Siegel's studio in Munich. The remaining songs that were under consideration were released as part of Monetta's studio album Sensibilità (Sensibility).[4]

At Eurovision[edit]

Valentina Monetta at the first semi-final dress rehearsal

During the semi-final allocation draw on 20 January 2014 at the Copenhagen City Hall, San Marino was drawn to compete in the second half of the first semi-final on 6 May 2014.[5] In the first semi-final, the producers of the show decided that San Marino would perform 12th, following Moldova and preceding Portugal.[6] San Marino qualified from the first semi-final, placing 10th and scoring 40 points, and competed in the final on 10 May 2014.[7] During the winner's press conference for the first semi-final qualifiers, San Marino was allocated to compete in the second half of the final.[8] Their qualification marked the first time San Marino qualified to the final since their debut in the contest in 2008 with Valentina Monetta advancing for the first time in her three consecutive appearances. In the final, the producers of the show decided that San Marino would perform 25th, following the Netherlands and preceding United Kingdom.[9] San Marino placed 24th in the final, scoring 14 points.[10]

On stage, Valentina Monetta was joined by four backing vocalists and a pianist. The performance featured Monetta standing in a white dress on a glittery gold circular platform with bluish a fan-like cloth arrangement behind her.[11]

In San Marino, both the semi-finals and the final were broadcast on SMtv San Marino and Radio San Marino with commentary by Lia Fiorio and Gigi Restivo.[12] An alternative broadcast of the semi-finals and the final were also broadcast online on the SMtv San Marino website with English commentary by John Kennedy O'Connor and Jamarie Milkovic.[13] The Sammarinese spokesperson revealing the result of the Sammarinese vote in the final was San Marino's previous representative in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2013 Michele Perniola.[14]

Points awarded to San Marino[edit]

Points Awarded to San Marino (Semi-Final 1)[7]
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point
Points Awarded to San Marino (Final)[10]
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

Points awarded by San Marino[edit]

Split voting results[edit]

The following five members comprised the Sammarinese jury:[15]

  • Sara Ghiotti – Chairperson – musician, speech therapist
  • Lorenzo Salvatori – rapper
  • Andrea Gattei – DJ, composer
  • Maria Ugolini – singer
  • Paolo Macina – guitarist

Semi-final 1[edit]

The Sammarinese votes in the first semi-final were based on 100% jury voting due to either technical issues with the televoting or an insufficient amount of votes cast during the televote period.[16]

Semi-final 1 – Sammarinese Jury Results
Draw Country S. Ghiotti L. Salvatori A. Gattei M. Ugolini P. Macina Average Jury Rank Scoreboard (Points)
01  Armenia 7 1 3 2 3 2 10
02  Latvia 12 5 9 8 13 9 2
03  Estonia 8 15 10 13 12 13
04  Sweden 6 9 4 7 7 8 3
05  Iceland 13 3 6 5 1 4 7
06  Albania 4 8 5 3 9 6 5
07  Russia 10 14 11 12 11 12
08  Azerbaijan 1 6 7 1 14 5 6
09  Ukraine 3 7 12 9 2 7 4
10  Belgium 9 12 8 11 15 10 1
11  Moldova 11 13 15 15 6 14
12  San Marino
13  Portugal 14 11 14 14 8 15
14  Netherlands 2 4 1 4 5 1 12
15  Montenegro 15 10 13 10 10 11
16  Hungary 5 2 2 6 4 3 8

Final[edit]

The Sammarinese votes in the final were based on 100% jury voting due to either technical issues with the televoting or an insufficient amount of votes cast during the televote period.[17]

Final – Sammarinese Jury Results
Draw Country S. Ghiotti L. Salvatori A. Gattei M. Ugolini P. Macina Average Jury Rank Scoreboard (Points)
01  Ukraine 10 20 16 14 4 13
02  Belarus 21 21 10 21 25 22
03  Azerbaijan 3 3 1 7 3 1 12
04  Iceland 2 6 9 5 2 3 8
05  Norway 19 14 8 13 7 12
06  Romania 24 25 23 24 23 25
07  Armenia 9 1 15 4 1 5 6
08  Montenegro 8 13 19 18 18 18
09  Poland 25 23 24 25 6 23
10  Greece 23 16 25 23 9 21
11  Austria 5 22 13 3 24 14
12  Germany 12 5 14 9 20 11
13  Sweden 1 4 6 1 10 2 10
14  France 11 15 21 20 15 19
15  Russia 22 24 20 22 22 24
16  Italy 20 10 17 17 12 17
17  Slovenia 15 18 22 19 17 20
18  Finland 17 17 5 8 5 8 3
19  Spain 18 12 12 16 16 16
20   Switzerland 16 9 18 11 19 15
21  Hungary 6 2 7 6 8 4 7
22  Malta 14 11 2 10 11 7 4
23  Denmark 4 19 3 12 21 10 1
24  Netherlands 13 7 4 15 13 9 2
25  San Marino
26  United Kingdom 7 8 11 2 14 6 5

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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