Published 04 Apr 05:24
The San Marino Eurovision national selection was won once again by Valentina Monetta, the famous pop singer who has represented the country three times in a row, between 2012 and 2014. This time, she will climb the Eurovision stage accompanied by the American Jimmie Wilson, a popular singer and musical theatre actor. The duo will perform the single “Spirit of the Night”.
Born on 1 March 1975 in the City of San Marino, Valentina Monetta is one of the most celebrated pop and jazz singers of the small republic. Harbouring an amazing passion for music, she started singing and playing piano at a very young age. She completed her studies at the Giovanni da Rimini school in Rimini.
Jimmie Wilson is a popular American singer and actor from Detroit. After finishing his acting studies in Hollywood, he got a role in the musical “Sisterella”, a musical produced by Michael Jackson. Jimmie currently resides in Germany.
Valentina Monetta started her music career in 1995 when she became the lead singer of the band Tiberio. Later on, she worked with various other popular groups, like My Funky Valentine, Parafunky or Harem-B. In 2001, she became famous in Italy after appearing on the talent show Popstars. Valentina’s first attempt at making it to the Eurovision was in 2008, with the single "Se Non Ci Sei Tu". Although she was rejected at the time, the song became a big hit. At 2012, 2013 and 2014 editions of the Eurovision, she obtained very good results.
Jimmie Wilson first became famous as an actor, due to his great performances in the musicals “Sisterella” and “Hope! – Das Obama Musical”, in which he played the role of the American president Barrack Obama. After moving to Europe, he appeared on the Polish version of the popular TV programme Must Be the Music, where he made it to the semi-final. In 2015, he released his very first single, entitled "So Damn Beautiful".
Everyone in San Marino is looking forward to the Valentina Monetta and Jimmie Wilson Eurovision performance. People are very excited to witness Valentina’s fourth performance on a Eurovision stage. Featuring a very uplifting rhythm, the dance single is the work of the esteemed German songwriter Ralph Siegel, best known for Nicole’s "Ein bißchen Frieden", the hit that won Eurovision 1982.
Make sure to watch Valentina Monetta and Jimmie Wilson’s stellar performance during the second Kyiv semi-final. Keep close for more news on Eurovision 2017 contestants!