Our #ESC250 2020 votes – Part 3 – Sean

With the announcement of this year’s Eurovision Top 250 results shortly, we really want to tell you all who our all time Eurovision favorites are.

In this series, our editors will be looking closely at their Top 3 entries (the ones that got 8, 10, and 12 Points) and will also provide their honorable mentions (a song they really like, but did not make their ESC250 list).

Today, it is Sean’s turn to let you know who they voted for in this year’s edition of #ESC250.

Sean: San Marino Rights

Last year, around half of my top 10 did not make it into the top 250 by the end of it. Considering the lack of a new appreciation for the likes of Novi Fosili or Sara Tavares, I don’t really see many of my favorites making their way into the top 250 this year either, even with my help.

So instead, I’m just gonna clown around and use this opportunity to talk about one of my favorite countries in Eurovision: San Marino. They have sent 11 songs since their debut in 2008, which is perfect for a top 10 plus an honorable mention. And remember, no matter what order I put them in, all of SanMarino’s entries are perfect in every way because San Marino sent them.

Here are the first part of my votes:

  1. Anita Simoncini & Michele Perniola – Chain of Lights (San Marino, 2015)
  2. Jessika ft. Jenifer Brening – Who We Are (San Marino, 2018)
  3. Senhit – Stand By (San Marino, 2011)
  4. Valentina Monetta – Crisalide (Vola) (San Marino, 2013)
  5. Serhat – I Didn’t Know (San Marino, 2016)
  6. Valentina Monetta & Jimmie Wilson – Spirit of the Night (San Marino, 2017)
  7. Valentina Monetta – The Social Network Song (OH OH – Uh – OH OH) (San Marino, 2012)

8 Points – Serhat – Say Na Na Na (San Marino, 2019)

When this song was released in March 2019, I could just tell that if any Sammarinese entry was going to make it to the final, it was going to be this won. It’s fun, slick, well produced, and it took everything we loved about Serhat’s 2016 entry and built on it, producing something that sounded like a proper Eurovision entry instead of a slapdash remix. It’s prefect, just like all of the Sammarinese entries.

10 Points – Senhit – Freaky! (San Marino, 2020)

Reason #2194 why San Marino is the disco capital of Eurovision! It’s such an earworm and Senhit brings so much fun and character to the song, a departure from her more classy and refined 2011 effort. I was debating whether to put this above or below Serhat, but I ultimately gave this a boost because I feel like in general all of the 2020 songs will need a boost in the rankings this year compared to other rankings with songs from that year’s Eurovision cycle. And besides, they’re both perfect, they’re from San Marino.

P.S.: This would’ve qualified too.

Honorable Mentions: Miodio – Complice (San Marino, 2008)

Well with ten spots and eleven songs, someone was bound to not make the cut, and unfortunately, it was Complice. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a debut entry that San Marino can be proud of, but I just don’t think it stood out much in 2008, and it doesn’t really stand the test of time either. But it’s still a Sammarinese entry, which means it’s still perfect.

12 Points – Valentina Monetta – Maybe (Forse) (San Marino, 2014)

Of course, how could I not top this ranking with the Queen of Eurovision herself, Valentina Monetta. I understand that putting this on top and not Crisalide (Vola) may be (hehe) a controversial pick, but there’s something so gripping about Maybe that connects on such a deeper level. And the Italian language version of this song is just as fantastic. The epitome of San Marino at Eurovision: truly perfect.

No further questions.

What do you think of Sean’s votes for this year’s ESC250? Let us know! Stay tuned, as Maria will present their votes in the next edition.

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