Ralph Siegel the prolific songwriter and composer has admitted that San Marino knew they had no chance heading into Eurovision 2017.
In an interview with the veteran songwriter and composer, Mr Siegel stated that they knew when flying to Kyiv for this years competition that they “had no chance”. He added that everything happened to fast in a too short a period of time. Furthermore, that the Eurovision Song Contest has become infinitely more difficult in recent years as it has continued to grow in size and scale.
Mr Siegel would not comment on whether he had any plans to write any songs to compete in next years competition in Portugal. Instead looking forward to having some time off and having a rest without any major events planned.
Ralph Siegel has worked with San Marino on their entries in the contest for the past few years. Between 2012 and 2017, only their 2016 entry was not written or composed by the German born songwriter. This years San Marinese entry was the 25th song that he has written which has been performed at the Eurovision Song Contest.
San Marino were represented by Valentina Monetta and Jimmie Wilson at the the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, Ukraine. The duo finished last in their semi-final scoring just 1 point from the German televote. The result is the worst that San Marino has had in the competition since their debut in 2008 when they also finished last in their semi-final.
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San Marino debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2008 alongside Azerbaijan. On their debut they were represented by Miodio and the song “Complice”, they finished last in their semi final with just 5 points. San Marino withdrew from the contest before returning again in 2011. Since then the country has participated annually and in 2014 qualified for their first final. Valentina Monetta represented San Marino for a third consecutive year in 2014, at the contest in Copenhagen she performed “Maybe” and went on to finish 24th in the final scoring 14 points.