EUROVISION 2019: What Next – Serhat

What next for this year’s Eurovision finalists?

San Marino: Serhat

by Christopher Smith

Since entering Eurovision in 2008, San Marino have only qualified twice, in 2014 with “Maybe”, which came twenty fourth and this year with 54 year old Turkish born singer Ahmet Serhat Hacıpaşalıoğlu with his 80’s pastiche track “Say Na Na Na”, which did slightly better in coming nineteenth with 77 points, 65 of those coming from the tele vote!

Serhat can boast of a career spanning a quarter of a century as both a singer, TV presenter and producer and previously brushed with Eurovision in 2016 when he entered with the song “I Didn’t Know”, which failed to qualify that year. Serhat made his name in the 1990’s as a TV producer and presenter, mostly of Turkish game shows including Jeopardy (1994-96) and Connect Four (1996-97). That same year he released his debut single “Rüya-Ben Bir Daha” and has since combined a TV career with an oft-music career. He had a big hit in 2014 with “Je m’adore” which topped dance charts across Europe as well as making No.2 in the UK!

He wrote “Say Na Na Na” with American songwriter Mary Susan Applegate, better known for co-writing Jennifer Rush’s massive 80’s hit “The Power Of Love”, which became an even bigger hit in the 1990’s when Celine Dion recorded it for her 1994 album “The Colour Of My Love”. The single is accompanied by a number of mixes and has so far entered the dance charts around most of Europe.

Just before this year’s Eurovision Contest, Serhat released his debut album “That’s How I Feel”, bringing together most of his hits from the past fifteen years on one album including his 2018 German chart topper “Total Disguise” with Greek singer Elena Paparizou. He also has a number of performances in clubs and festivals this Summer promoting the album and no doubt bringing a smile to everyone’s face with his recent Eurovision triumph!

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!