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I’m wondering how many nightclubs there are in San Marino and thinking maybe just one. San Marino’s 2017 Eurovision Entry.

May 4, 2017

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You’ve got to reckon that pretty much everybody in San Marino gets to compete in Eurovision eventually.  Provided you stay healthy and can carry a tune, your chances are pretty good.

I’m sure that San Marino is a delightful place to live, but its sheer smallness must limit certain in-house facilities.  And the reason why I’m guessing that San Marino only has one nightclub is this video:


Our Eurovision duo are, quite obviously, a generation older than all the other dancers in the place.  Clearly, if you want to go out clubbing in San Marino’s one and only nightclub, you have to face the very real risk that you’ll see your ma and pa there, given that there’s nowhere else for them to go out for the evening without leaving the country.  Oddly enough, the kids in this video, instead of fleeing the floor to go pee when they catch sight of Valentina and Jimmie, seem happy to nuzzle up right next to them.

They dance a bit like ma and pa also, which I find rather endearing.  When I was a kid there was nothing I hated more than my elders being embarrassing on the dance floor.  And now that I’m older nothing seems more attractive than the idea of embarrassing youngsters on the dance floor.  On that basis alone, I’ve a soft spot for this entry.

This has a very old-fashioned sort of disco vibe and the song could have been written and produced almost any time in the past thirty or forty years.  The words are not memorable enough to quote and serve only as an excuse for a sort of groove.  All you’ll be able to remember from it is “spirit of the night” over and over again.  I can see myself getting up and dancing to this, particularly (as I say) if I had nephews and nieces I wanted to really embarrass.

Jimmie Wilson seems like an interesting character.  He’s not originally from San Marino as it happens (although very few people are).  He’s from Detroit Michigan, and his springboard into relative fame occurred when he played the lead in a musical about Barack Obama with the simple title of Hope.  If anyone has ever seen this musical, I’d be delighted to receive feedback about it.

Here are some other songs though…

For youthful angst – Ireland:

Ireland’s entry is, I think, more emotionally involving than Denmark’s:

Right now I prefer cultural nationalism when it isn’t Hungarian:

The Netherlands offers something altogether safer:

Utterly (winningly?) different is Romania:

Less immediately exciting is Malta:

So you might prefer Macedonia:

Or you can “Climb Every Mountain” with Nathan from Austria:

Serbia offers a big ballad about rising and falling and falling and rising:

Meanwhile, here is Sweden:

Here, meanwhile, is Omar belting it out for Slovenia:

Portugal offers something just a bit more special:

Anyhow, Portugal’s offering is infinitely more palatable than Poland’s:

A man who needs a deal of personal space is this guy from Montenegro:

Equally sexualised is the Moldovan entry:

Latvia offers a more techno-trance version of minimalism:

Iceland’s entry isn’t really a Eurovision song either:

Georgia’s offering is undoubtedly a bigger if not bolder initiative:

Frankly, I prefer Finland:

I’ll be sorely vexed if Finland doesn’t do better than Cyprus

Frankly I’d rather the Czech Republic won – though they won’t…

Belgium looks like a better bet:

But if it isn’t, maybe it will go to Azerbaijan with this…

Armenia’s Entry is nowhere near as scary:

In the meantime here are my thoughts on the Australian entry:

And here’s Albania…



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