In June 2013 San Marino RTV announced that Valentina Monetta had been asked to perform for the third time for the Republic of San Marino at the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen.
The song chosen is called Maybe (Forse) and will be performed in English. It is composed and produced by Ralph Siegel, lyrics by Mauro Balestri in both English and Italian.
Watch the song 'Maybe'
One more time...
Last year, Carlo Romeo, Director General of San Marino RTV, was so disappointed at the totally unexpected Semi-Final result that he asked Valentina Monetta right after the Malmö Contest, if she would perform and try it again for a third time in Denmark 2014. After a serious and long consideration, Valentina and her producer Ralph Siegel agreed to give their best, and take part one more time.
In July, Siegel and Mauro Balestri started to write another song for Valentina and she was invited to record the demos in Forte dei Marmi, Italy, at the end of August. One month later Siegel finally recorded seven songs with Monetta in his studio in Munich. In the meantime, Monetta also wrote and produced nine songs in San Marino with a little help of her many musical friends and different artists.
Finally the new album was finished and the decision to choose the entry for Copenhagen was not easy. A great variety of potential songs were produced and many of them could have been the song for Copenhagen.
After long research with colleagues, professionals and friends, the clear and final decision was made and the song Maybe (Forse) was chosen. The song is in English, so everyone in Europe and all over the world can understand the wonderful lyrics by Balestri. The Italian version is also released, as well as a Dance-version for the Euroclub to enjoy the song in many different ways.
About Valentina Monetta
Valentina Monetta was born in 1975 in San Marino. She is the second of two children, her father is from Calabria and her mother is Sammarinese. Valentina spent her childhood in San Marino where she attended primary and secondary schools.
In her childhood she discovered the love for music, listening in a tireless way to various musical styles, creating and forming over time a specific taste. Although she has not dealt with an academic background, she had studied piano and singing by herself, reaching the same professional high quality.
Starting from 1995, she has been working with the best local musicians, becoming a versatile singer with a great talent for improvisation; her voice is both colorful and versatile, ranging from jazz to melodic Italian, from soul to R&B and pop.
Monetta is one of the most talented jazz and pop singers in San Marino and the whole country will be keeping fingers crossed, hoping that she will be third time lucky.
About the composers
Ralph Siegel is one of the most familair names to fans of the Eurovision Song Contest. 2014 marks 40 years since he first had one of his compositions in the contest, with the song Bye, Bye I Love You, which finished in fourth place when Ireen Sheer sung it in Brighton. That entry was for Luxembourg, but it is for his native Germany that he has written most compositions, including the winning song in 1982 Ein Bißchen Frieden sung by Nicole. In addition he was composed entries for Switzerland, Montenegro and of course San Marino.
Mauro Balestri was the lyricist of the song Crisalide (Vola) that represented San Marino in 2013. He was born in La Spezia (Italy) in 1965, from childhood he had an artistic vision of the world mainly influenced by grandparents and his painter uncle. Alongside his technical studies he developed a great passion for art and music. After an intense period of study he reach the world of music as drummer, engaging in projects of various types and style, in collaboration with different artists and bands.