The Xtra Files 2018: We Review San Marino’s ‘Who We Are’ by Jessika feat. Jenifer Brening!

Welcome to The Xtra Files, our series which will give you an insight into what the team at ESCXTRA think of your favourite entries into this year’s contest! Today, we review San Marino.

Now that all the songs have been released, we are able to review each and every one of them. Our honest and brutal reviews will keep you entertained until the rehearsals start on 30 April! We will also each give a score out of 10 for every entry, and create an ESCXTRA leaderboard of the entries!
Today we have reviews of the San Marinese entry, ‘Who We Are’ by Rebecca Jessika feat. Jenifer Brening, from Hlynur, Miki, Riccardo, Rodrigo, Ryan and Simon. Let’s get started!

The Reviews


San Marino always makes an interesting choise. Interesting in this case does not mean good. Is it weird that I like the rapping part the most? So out of nowhere.
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San Marino’s 1in360 was probably the least predictable national selection of this season and it resulted with a rather random winner. Credits to Jessika, she does everything she can with this rather bland entry but then the rapping Jenifer enters the stage and we’re suddenly at a loss for words. However, after a few listens to this I actually kind of get it ….. but not quite.


Hold on, how is it possible that I am not hating/making fun of a San Marino entry? I am actually a fan of this. The rap part is a little off-putting, but I like the refrain and I am singing along. Not sure it’ll go anywhere in Lisbon, but welcome back from jokeland San Marino!


Do I hear a hint of Måns’ ‘Heroes’ in the chorus? That’s probably the most remarkable thing of an entry that otherwise goes nowhere, has no real structure, no performance power and, really, no redeeming features whatsoever. It boggles the mind that San Marino went through such a convoluted selection process to end up with this. Just a big no.
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Like many I was completely team Sara de Blue, and San Marino have thrown away what would surely have been their best Eurovision result ever. “Who We Are” is a fun pop song although fairly generic. Nevertheless, I’m pleased Jessika has finally made it to Eurovision and the addition of Jenifer adds a little bit of extra personality to the entry.


Clichéd and predictable, yet also messy and disjointed. That’s quite some achievement. I’m hoping for some bizarre staging to complete the look.


Dominik  4 Nick  3 Tim  7
Hlynur  2 Riccardo  7.5 Tom  2
Lisa  7.5 Rigmo  5 Vincent  4
Luke  6 Rodrigo  0.5 Wiv  2
Matt  4 Ryan  4.5 Yassia  5.5
Miki  4 Sami  3
Nathan  4 Simon  1

Therefore, the average score for San Marino is 4.03.


San Marino reaches 14th place with a score of 4.03.

  1. Finland – 7.66
  2. Bulgaria – 7.63
  3. Germany – 6.95
  4. Ukraine – 6.92
  5. Australia – 6.76
  6. Lithuania – 6.50
  7. Latvia – 5.61
  8. Albania – 5.50
  9. Belarus – 4.97
  10. Moldova – 4.92
  11. Montenegro – 4.71
  12. Georgia – 4.18
  13. Iceland – 4.18
  14. San Marino – 4.03

Tomorrow, it will be the turn of Armenia to be reviewed.
Do you agree with our reviews of San Marino? What are your thoughts on Who We Are?

Let us know in the comments below and on social media @ESCXTRA!

Luke Malam

I've watched Eurovision for as long as I can remember, but my interest really built in 2008, after I decided to watch the semifinals online, out of boredom, before the final...I was blown away by the quality of the show and have been hooked ever since! I'm a competitive trampolinist and I love baking. I've also just completed a master's degree in Research Methods in Psychology at University College London.

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