What a nice surprise it was that Senit – now Senhit – was selected to represent San Marino at Eurovision again! She has sung for San Marino “Stand By” in Düsseldorf 2011, but did not reach the Grand Final. This year she would have had the chance to give it another try, but the Corona crises has crossed all plans. It’s still open if Senhit will be singing in 2021 again.
There has been an online voting to determine one song for Senhit, “Obsessed” or “Freaky!”, at the end “Freaky!” made the race with 52% of the votes. The song is modern dancing tune which is about leaving the given borders, put your prejudices away and go beyond borders and thinking outside the box. The video clip is of high graphical quality and shows a careless life with people having fun. The disco sound is easy to listen to, a good mood song. Unfortunately, the melody is hard to remember.
Senhit, who is born in Bologna, Italy, 1979 has Eritrean parents. She is a commercial artist and has played the lead characters in musicals like The Lion King, Hair and Fame. Senhit has release three albums and has been touring through various clubs throughout Europe.
San Marino has joined the Eurovision Song Contest in the year 2008, so this year it would have been the 11th entry for the ESC. With the song “Complice” by Miodio, San Marino made a wonderful debut. Unfortunately, San Marino came last – a truly undeserved 19th place in the Semi Final for the debut year.
Thanks to Serhat’s “Say na na na” last year, San Marino qualified for a Grand Final for the second time, beside of Ralph Siegel’s composition “Maybe”, sung by Valentina Monetta in Copenhagen 2014.
It’s great to see that San Marino is eager to participate in the ESC without having a big lobby like other countries. Due to the small amount of inhabitants, the representatives often try to participate another time, so this year. Of course in such a small country with only 32.000 inhabitants the local music scene is not very big, this is dominated by the Italian music market. Therefore foreign composers have been invited mainly Ralph Siegel, who has composed five songs for San Marino in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017. And if this would not be interesting enough, Ralph’s muse Valentina Monetta had four trials. Valentina is the only person recently who had the chance to travel to four ESC’ from Baku over Malmö to Copenhagen, Vienna and Kiev.
In recent years also other micro states tried their luck in the ESC like Andorra and Monaco. None of them reached the Grand Finals unfortunately. And Luxembourg has quit the ESC in 1993 with the last entry.
It was always said if San Marino is going to win the ESC someday the contest will be held in the Italian neighbour city Bologna.
1x 18th place “Say Na Na Na” |Serhat (Tel Aviv 2019)
1x 24th place “Maybe (Forse)” | Valentina Monetta (Copenhagen 2014)