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Road to Liverpool: San Marino

We can not wait for the Eurovision Song Contest in Liverpool. Therefore, we have a closer look at one of the contestants every day. Today: San Marino.

Piqued Jacks

The band was chosen to represent San Marino this year. The song “Like an animal” was written and composed by the bandmembers themselves.

Piqued Jacks are an Italian band. They were formed in Buggiano in 2006. Their first three EP’s were released in respectively 2010, 2011 and 2013. In 2014 they released the singles “Upturned perspectives” and “No bazooka”. One year later they were able to release their first album. After some changes in the line up the band released the singles “Wildly shining” and “The living past”. In 2020 they were selected by MTV for the New Generation platform.

Valentina Monetta

When you say San Marino, you say Valentina Monetta. She is a Sammarinese singer who rose to fame when she took part in the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest. The lyrics of her song “Facebook” had to be changed. Names of brands are not allowed in songs, so it became “The social network song”. She did not make it to the final. A year later, with “Crisalide (vola)” she was among the favourites in the betting odds. Strangely enough she just missed the final again. So it was a great surprise when, in 2014, her song “Maybe” did reach the final. In 2015 she was the jury spokeswoman and in 2017 she took part again. This time not allone but with Jimmy Wilson and their song “Spirit of the night”. No final for Valentina this time. At the 2018 rehearsals, the Sammarinese delegation did an inside joke for Eurovision fans. A robot had to hold a piece of paper with a text during the act. At the rehearsals, the text was “Justice for Valentina”.

San Marino in the Eurovision Song Contest

San Marino took part for the first time in 2008. Italian/Sammarinese band Miodio didn’t make it to the final. It caused a stop, but in 2011 they returned. Three artists took part for San Marino more than once. Senhit, the aforenamed Valentina Monetta and Serhat. And exactly those three made it to the final: Valentina in 2014, Serhat in 2019 and Senhit in 2021. With a 19th place, Serhat’s entry “Say na na na” is the best scoring song for San Marino.


Unfortunately it doesn’t look good for San Marino this year in the betting odds. They are no. 33, and in the specific odds about the 2nd semifinal they are even last. Hopefully they are wrong, but maybe a second participation for Piqued Jacks is necessary to reach the final.

The song

And of course, here is the song:


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