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San Marino: 1 Mio. views for the courageous lion and the beautyful panther

Posted by Pedro.Eurovisionontop on April 1, 2017 at 3:00 AM

It's the smallest country but this year with the heart of a lion and the beauty of a panther. 1 million views do have their video on youtube. Something what we usually see at videos from Sweden and other favorits. For San Marino it is already a very big thing!


Valentina is returning, but this year she will share the stage. And also Ralph Siegel is back, the Mr. Eurovision, who still shows his personal passion for Eurovision with every entry he writes.


Did you know that the biggest population of san marino outside the home country is in Detroit, Jimmie's home town?
Read about this fact, the message of the song, the objectives Jimmie has and also what US knows about the ESC.


1. Let’s start with the most obvious question about San Marion’s entree this year. Valentina, what have you done last year in may? ;)

Last year in may I just came back in my beautiful country ‘’San Marino’’ after a long time spent in London, realizing how much is important my family and my home environment.


2. Jimmie could we ask you to introduce Valentina? Which color would she be, which dish and which animal?

Valentina is the color red because she is passionate. Tiramisu because she’s sweet :)

And a Lion because she is courageous ( 4 times ESC!!!! she must be)


3. Valentina and how would you introduce Jimmie? Color, dish, animal?

Jimmie is a black beautiful panther and a nice piece of beef.haahha


4. Now seriously Valentina, tell us, why are you coming back for the 4th time?

Seriously?? Just for my loving Eurovision fans and angering the bad ones..;D


5. Jimmie, would you like to speak about your musical career so far?

Of course. I played the starring male role in a musical called SISTERELLA which was produced by Michael Jackson. It was a modern version of the classic fairytale Cinderella. I played the Prince (Jean Luc).

Later I had the great opportunity to play Barack Obama in a musical called

HOPE-The Obama Musical Story. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZVBSTm5dG8


6. What do you and US americans know about this contest?

Before moving to Germany, I knew nothing about the ESC. But, I began following it around 2008. It’s obviously a really big thing in Germany with a long history. I think it’s amazing how the ESC can bring so many people together from different cultures. That’s the power of music. To move and inspire people in a positive direction. I’m honored to be able to be a part of the music world.

I think most Americans never heard of ESC. But, it is starting to get some attention. There are some bloggers in the U.S that is helping to spead the word. I found out through a blogger that i’m the 15th American to take part in ESC. That’s really awesome! I’m so proud to be a part of the ESC history.


7. Valentina, it’s the first time you will share the eurovision stage. How does it feel for you and how did this idea come up?

When Ralph Siegel called me to ask me if I wanted to rejoin Eurovision song contest, I was not so convinced but then he mentioned the duo option and I said I can do it, but in black and white and here we are. I’m so glad to have found Jimmie Wilson, we felt immediately very well, we can not wait to share the energy that we create together with the audience.


8. What is your message, with your song?

Valentina: This song is a hymn granting permission that all mankind should give in to believe in one’s neighbour. Lets us go to the emotion and fan, dancing, singing, creating and loving, with no degrees of separation celebrating diversity.

Jimmie: The message in the song is about two spirits finding their way to each other. It’s a positive message full of energy and passion.


9. Jimmie, what is the one thing you are looking for the most at eurovision?

First, i’m just really honored to be a part of the ESC history. Especially working with ESC

A-Team Valentina and Ralph Siegel. I only want to represent San Marino with pride and do my best. I found out recently that San Marino has a strong connection to my hometown of Detroit , Michigan. The largest community of Sanmarinese living outside of San Marino are in Detroit. Somehow it is fate that Detoit and San Marino are connected again.


10. Europe is in a very special decade. What is your message to our readers and to europe? What should be the „spirit of europe“?

Jimmie: My message is that of the ESC ‚Celebrate Diversity‘ It shouldn’t matter what your nationality, race, sexual orientation, or religion is. Because in the end, when all is said, we bleed the same color red. We are ONE RACE. The HUMAN RACE.

Valentina: the spirit of respect the differences. Live life now, fully, learning from the pain and rejoicing and respecting our neighbours as an opportunity of evolution and love.


After this strong statements of Valentina and Jimmie there is nothing more to add.


We just thank for this wonderful interview and wish to San Marino and Detroit all the best of luck for my!


Pedro de Almeida

Categories: Eurovision 2017, Interviews, San Marino

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