So the Eurovision Song Contest has been and gone for another year, and Portugal have taken out the prize for the first time in their history. Congratulations to them, especially for doing it with a song fully in Portugese rather than taking the more common path of pandering to the international audiences and singing in English.
Anyway, I can’t say I religiously watched the telecast of the event, but I did catch some bits and pieces along the way, and I might have to quietly admit to enjoying it. Not so much the quality of the music, which I will tactfully say is “variable at best”, but as a spectacle it’s a bit of harmless fun and often good for a laugh. I still don’t understand what my home country is doing there though (did I miss that geography lesson at school?)
My attention however was drawn to the second semi final when the small Republic of San Marino came up on stage, represented by Valentina Monetta and Jimmie Wilson. I will ashamedly admit that I know very little about San Marino, other than it is small, near Italy and is renowned by philatelists for its rare postage stamps. Monetta, a San Marino local, has competed at Eurovision for a record four times, and her singing partner this year was none other than Jimmie Wilson, who I have recently found out, is actually an American, whose main claim to fame is playing Barak Obama in a German musical about Obama. Of course, its not uncommon for nations to be represented by other nationalities – Canadian Celine Dion won the contest for Switzerland, you may recall.
In case you missed it, this was San Marino’s Eurovision song. (and don’t blame me if you click on this link!)
They placed last in semi final two, and hence did not make it through to the final, but they looked like they were enjoying themselves up on stage, and, to be fair, I have heard many many worse Eurovision songs than theirs over the years.
So to the American representing San Marino, Jimmie Wilson – welcome to Wilson Wednesday. You can take comfort in the fact that although Eurovision were not interested in your tune, your consolation prize is to be this week’s featured Wilson.