Valentina Monetta - Maybe (San Marino)
If you are experiencing some deja vu let me set your mind at rest: this is indeed the same lass who sang for San Marino last year. And the year before. Any suggestion that Valentina is actually funding SM’s entire Eurovision participation herself and is thus guaranteed selection is pure speculation.
I totally love her of course: she has the demeanour of a nursery assistant reading the Gruffalo out loud and doesn’t seem to notice/care that her songs are awful (dramatic strings undermined by weak sauce beats and unmemorable chorus hook), but is determined to ham them up to the best of her ability nonetheless. Hand gestures! Constantly smiling! Unfortunate peanut-smuggling dresses!
Without any Facebook gimmicks or ugly-duckling self-esteem boosting this year, the video’s macguffin is a piano that plays itself on landlocked San Marino’s finest sandy beach (hmm). Said ghost piano is not included in the live performance: another 14th place in the semis beckons.