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Serhat: ESC - a wonderful platform to come together under the umbrella of music

Posted by Pedro.Eurovisionontop on February 6, 2016 at 3:30 AM Comments comments (0)

The smallest participating country at the contest has a brave eurovision heart. Also this year the national broadcaster surprises once again with a good internal selection Everyone got to know San Marino very well through their selection of Valentina Monetta three times in a row. But making it for the first time in their history to the final seemed to haven woken up even more the eurovision spirit of San Marino.

This year San Marino selected Serhat a experienced singer, as artist and as person. Experienced in singing, coaching young talents, having hits in several european countries.

What Serhat tells about his song, what he thinks about Turkey at ESC, what Eurovision has to do with his holidays in 2016, which special meaning the globen arena have for Serhat… all of this you can read in our exclusive interview with the sympathetic Serhat.



1. Serhat - would you like to present your self to our readers? Who is the person Serhat?


Born in Istanbul. After graduating German High School Istanbul studied at the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Istanbul. Former dentist, TV Presenter, Festival Producer, Singer. Serhat is a person who has courage to change his life totally and can start anytime from zero. From dentistry into the show business. A leading character who is perfectionist, likes to work hard and create. A person who is always on the search of the next step, next level.


2. What is the story behind your nomination?


You can imagine this is “the” question in all my interviews yet (Serhat laugh)


Of course I totally understand the curiosity because the story is really unique and unusual. But as I always say, life is more beautiful with unusual things. And now I enjoy to be a part of this unusual story. This story starts with the success of my latest single “ Je M’adore” in several dance and DJ charts in Europe. San Marino TV paid attention to my song and contacted my manager. We had some meetings with San Marino TV, discussed the subject and made our final decision. And here I am!

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3. How did you get the information and what was your reaction?


My manager Marco Vannuzzi called me and told that San Marino TV is interested in meeting me in order to represent San Marino at ESC. I thought Marco is joking and I didn’t believe what he said. But after I realized it is serious there was a big smile on my face. I thought, “what an honour”.

3. Which link to San Marino do you have?


My link is my music. What can be stronger than music to unite different nations together? And now as the representative of San Marino my link is more stronger than before because it’s completed with love. My love to this small beautiful country with a big heart and history. I feel myself as the cultural ambassador of San Marino.


4. You had have a special education, which wasn‘t the normal turkish one. How do you think this contributed to the person Serhat is today?


You are right. My education is not a regular one. After the elementary school it was the decision of my father that I go to the German High School Istanbul. Now I can see what a wise decision was of him. I was 8 years long at this school and had all my lessons in German language by German teachers. I had wonderful time at the school, apart from the languages German, English they taught us how to think analytical. This is a big plus in education of a child. I am sure that I did get all what I could get from this education and its reflection on my life was always very positive. My connection to my high school is still very strong. Since 7 years I am the president of the alumni association of it. My study at the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Istanbul gave me another chance to understand life from a different aspect. I am grateful to life for everything which made me who I am.




5. Which link do or did you have to Eurovision?


Year 1974. Imagine a child in Istanbul , watching at television with her sister a TV show with a title he never heard in his life: Eurovision Song Contest. Our love started at this evening. (Serhat laugh) It was also the evening of victory of ABBA. What a wonderful start for me. Since then I never missed any contest. I was for the first time in the audience in 2000 in Stockholm at Globen Arena. And 2016 I will be on the stage at the same place.

6. Do you know Valentina Monetta? Which of her three songs is your favorite?


I know Valentina from her performances at ESC. She really did her best in all three years. Of her songs Crisalide is my favorite.




7. What is your opinion about Turkey not participating since 2012 at the contest?


Actually Turkey is one of the most colorful countries in the ESC history and had a lot of memorable entries. It’s a pity that 4 years long we don’t have Turkey at the contest. The decision is made by Turkish national broadcaster TRT. I am sure they have their reasons. But Eurovision Song Contest is a wonderful platform to come together under the umbrella of music. It’s a peaceful event without any political approaches. Isn’t it nice to see 43 different nations having fun together, supporting each other and enjoying being one? This is a unique message of ESC to the world. That’s why I wish that Turkey will be a part again of this incomparable experience.


8. What was since today your musical highlight?


I am following, as far as I can, all musical events around the world. There are so many of them I can call a highlight. Sometimes a musical performance, I never forgot Petula Clark at Sunset Boulevard at London Adelphi Theatre, or a concert with Jose Cura at D-Marine Festival in Bodrum.


In my musical career it’s not easy to make a decision right now. But I can tell you that the most exciting one was in Moscow with Tamara Gverdtsiteli at Theatre Estrada on 2008. It was my first performance in front of Russian audience and I was a little bit stressed. During the first song it was very silent. And after the song there was an applause I can not forget in my life. Russian people are very respectful to the artists and if they like somebody they show it. Wonderful audience. Great experience and great memory for me…

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9. You already have a very good working musical career. What do you think can Eurovision bring to you as artist?


To enjoy this unique atmosphere and make it an unforgettable memory in my life is the biggest target. On the other hand ESC is the biggest stage on earth and you are in front of millions. For any artist it is a big opportunity to get mutual with European audience. I am sure if you make a good performance on this stage this could be a very important step in your career.

10. Do you already have any idea of the song you will sing and your performance?


Right now I can’t say much about the song. We are still working on it. The song and video will be announced beginning of March. I have a multinational team and we are recording in Brussels. There will be 4 different language versions, English, French,Italian and Spanish. It’ s a very personal song for me and I am more than satisfied with our studio work. Of course we already have the general idea about the performance on stage. I hope it will be memorable 3 minutes for everyone.


11. What is your favorite of eurovision entries of all times?

There are a lot…La Fiesta Termino-Paloma San Basilio (Spain), Ein Lied Kann Eine Brücke Sein-Joy Fleming (Germany), Bandido –Azucar Moreno (Spain), Waterloo-ABBA (Sweden), Vrede-Ruth Jacott (The Netherlands), Für Alle-Wind (Germany), Making Your Mind Up-Bucks Fizz (United Kingdom),Euphoria – Loreen (Sweden),Boonika Bate Toba-Zdob Si Zdub (Moldova), White And Black Blues-Joelle Ursul (France), Kada Zaspu Andeli (Stay With Me)-Goran Karan(Croatia) and many others…


12. Which targets do you have till, during and most important after Eurovision?


For any professional artist it’s very important to have a strategy in his career. You have to plan the second and even the third step before making the first one. My target till Eurovision is to be strong to get all this way through without getting tired, during Eurovision to have fun, to enjoy it without any stress and to make a great performance on stage, after Eurovision to finish the video of a new song which will be released in October, same time with my album and to give concerts which are already fixed in my agenda.


13. In the last years the contest turned a bit into a show for young talents out of successful casting shows like rising star or the voice of... You are the opposite. Do you think it is a advantage?


Yes, I am the opposite. I like to watch all the casting shows with new talents. It’s a good opportunity for them to collect experience and show themselves in the mirror. But ESC is a song contest. The song is the most important thing. And the artist has to give power and a special meaning to the song not only with his voice even with his personality and charm. We’ll see in May in Stockholm if it is an advantage.

14. What would you do, if you would win for the first time for San Marino the song contest?


I will tell to my manager: Cancel all the holidays I plan for summer 2016. (Serhat laugh)


Actually I don’t know right now how will I react… Let’s see first what will happen in May. In case of winning, be sure I can find a lot of ideas how to celebrate …




Thank you to Serhat for this very special interview with very heartwarming answers.


Eurovision on top wishs the best of luck and success to Serhat and San Marino in Stockholm. And we will as usual follow the artist and keep you updated about the song and news.




Pedro de Almeida

A dinner with Ralph Siegel

Posted by Eurovision On Top on May 21, 2015 at 8:30 AM Comments comments (0)

On Monday a special moment happened and Eurovision on Top was allowed to attend it during this 60th anniversary of the Song Contest. Ralph Siegel invited about 100 people to a private dinner.


Ralph Siegel welcomed each guest one by one and afterwords he celebrated the dinner, where the guests had the chance to listen to the San Marino entree and also enjoy a magic show with some tricks, also shown to the guests at the tables.


One highlight was Ralph's video presentation of his ups and downs at the Eurovision. It was a honest and sometimes surprising video, as there were songs that weren't connected to Ralph at all.


Mr Grand Prix once again showed that he marked a lot the history of this big music event. It was an quite nice event to celebrate the 60th anniversary and the more than 40 years of musical work of Ralph at that contest.


Special guests were Valentina Monetta and the Lou, who represented Germany in 2003. The dinner showed how it is possible to build bridges between former participations and actual entrees. This legend of the Eurovision Song Contest once again tries to get a final ticket with San Marino.


Read the "longest interview ever" which Eurovision on top had the chance to last year to get to know better about Ralph's history, feelings and the personality of this composer.


Eurovision on Top felt honored to be able to live this moments and for sure it won't be Ralph's last time at the contest.

Pedro de Almeida

Anita & Michele: We want to let our song ba a chain of light for peace and a better world

Posted by Pedro.Eurovisionontop on May 12, 2015 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (0)

The smallest country in the Eurovision Song Contest is San Marino. In 2014 they made it happen and qualified for the first time for the Grand Final, after three times that Valentina Monetta tried it.

This time a young duo will try to make this happen again. They have the best support by Mr. Grand Prix - Ralph Siegel, who once again wrote the song for San Marino.

Anita and Michele are two young singers who won't be for the first time on a Eurovision stage. Both already represented San Marino at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Michele in 2013 and Anita in 2014.

2015 it is their time to represent the small country with the song "Chain of lights".

Ralph Siegel and the artist have a clear message with that song: "The things which are currently happening in the world concerne us a lot. We want to let our song ba a chain of light for peace and a better world." 

In due to the fact that Anita & Michele still go to school there was no chance for an interview.

But we feel very proud that they took time to send a special GREETING VIDEO to Eurovision on top:

Pedro de Almeida

Behind the stage - Impressions from the first semi

Posted by Eurovision On Top on May 7, 2014 at 7:55 AM Comments comments (0)

It was the day of the first semi final and the danish broadcaster was well prepared to deliver one amazing TV show and to flash europe. And at the end of the show, which was amazing and perfect in the TV screen there was a kind of proudness in the faces of the danish people in the B&W Halle and in the surrounding. At this evening there was no more any discussion about the arena, the press center, how bad anything around looks like or other things. Exactly at 9 pm (CET) there was the complete focus on the show and nothing else mattered. The atmosphere was brilliant, also the sound and the lightings. But this contest won't just keep in mind because of the fabulous stage, show or the LED. There were again a lot of small stories, which this contest already after the first semifinal wrote and which will still be told in many years. We will come to that once, but there also the very small stories, which make every contest so unique, as for example the bus driver, who are very patient driving the press members to the venue and the hotels and who also celebrate this Eurovision week and experience their own way. So can listen to the estonian song, when you enter the bus, because Tanja signed the CD for the driver or you can see that the bus driver also makes a statement to the 1. semi final. Anyhow, amazing to see that the bus drivers are contributing to the eurovision mood too.


Before the semi final Eurovision on Top had the possibility to speak exclusive to Mr. Grand Prix (Ralph Siegel), who was so kind to give an exclusive Interview to our website before the contest in honor to this upcoming 70th birthday next year. Mr. Siegel was very kindly and spoke with us about old experiences he made at the Eurovision and some funny stories, for example when he surprised the german audience standing up when the winning author was announced, which was a pseudonym he used for that song. Mr. Siegel thanked for the interview and told our website that he will keep the interview, as that it would be a good briefing for a ghostwriter in the future, as there are all the main information included. Eurovision on top met a very kind, friendly, positive and warm-hearted person. He also old us, that Valentina said to him before the contest, that she only would sing the song, if he will be with her on stage. That was the reason why he was there playing the piano, as in good old times and accompanying he wonderful and talented artist, as he told Eurovision on top before. And the result for San Marino couldn't be better. San Marino did it for the first time ever to the final and the duo Valentina Monetta and Ralph Siegel were successful at the third time. At the press conference there was a long applause for San Marino.


But there were also other kind of winners at this evening, even not getting a ticket to the final. Portugal made the audience in the arena dance, clap and shout. There was a latin party in the arena and it was wonderful to see how the portuguese team enjoyed the performance and the stay in the green room. At this point of view they already very winners at this evening. But there was one more reason. Seconds after knowing that she didn't pass to the final, the portuguese singer Suzy was dancing to the recap of the other song, the once which made it to the final. That was not only very fair play, but also a kind of character and kindness, by the way she was the only one of the non-qualifining countries doing so. Eurovision on Top was impressed by that attitude and we really saw, that the happiness of the portuguese team, wasn't just a show on the stage, but yes a way of being. If there would be a entertainment price for the arena, for sure that Portugal would have won that this evening. This team and also the other 6 can be proud of their participations, the performances and the color they brought to the stage.


So the conclusion after the 1. semi final is once again that you can win hearts and a audience even not winning a ticket to the final. But winning the own national selection and living this experience is already unique.



First semifinal - part 4

Posted by Eurovision On Top on May 2, 2014 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)


The song may be very sentimental, maybe too much but Axel sings very well! Probably is it in the final due to the old viewers and the specialized jury.

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This is a performance in the same style of the belgian entry! Tragical! Not sure if they will make it to the final. After Belgium, it will sound boring!

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San Marino:

Siegel and Monetta part 3! One more attempt! Probably failing again! Good intentions, the good singer she is, but it is not among the 10 best songs of a strong semifinal.~

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Nuno V.