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San Marino's Valentina and Jimmie are in high spirits in 2017

20 April 2017 at 11:54 CEST
Valentina Monetta and Jimmie Wilson Claude Langlois
Valentina Monetta is the funky jazz singer who just can't seem to get enough of the Eurovision Song Contest. This year marks her fourth participation in five years but this time she's brought company in the form of American singer Jimmie Wilson.

Valentina is well known to followers of the Eurovision Song Contest having participated for San Marino in 2012, 2013 and 2014 when she qualified for the Grand Final. She is currently performing with her band Myfunky Valentine and is excited to be a part of the Eurovision Song Contest once again. "It is one of the biggest chances to show my talent, enjoying music, people and a professional environment", she said.

Jimmie Wilson is a singer and songwriter, born in Detroit, Michigan. He came to Europe as the star of Michael Jackson’s musical Sisterella and now lives in Germany. In 2010, he starred as President Obama in the musical Hope. He recently released a brand new album, So Damn Beautiful. "Eurovision is important to me as a singer because you reach a multi-million international audience with ONE performance! Eurovision also stands for diversity and inclusiveness which is so needed in the world today", said Jimmie.

Valentina and Jimmie's song for 2017 is Spirit of the Night which was written by Ralph Siegel who also wrote the Eurovision Song Contest winner in 1982, A Little Peace, performed by Nicole, and has participated in the competition a further 24 times. Ralph said; "Music is still my life and the Eurovision Song Contest is the most wonderful possibility to present a song as a composer, that millions of people around the world can hear and hopefully like. As a producer I love to help great artists to be able to show their talent and touch the hearts of the audience. This is my 25th participation in the contest and I want to thank all the artists and musicians that have joined me on this journey".