passionpop: (sweet and innocent)
Artist: Manel Navarro
Song: Do it for Your Lover
Odds: 151

Word of the day
controversia - controversy.
It would not be Eurovision without it.

Usually songs that do not go through the semi finals start at shorter odds and drift out after the semi’s are over. As part of the big 5 (with Italy, UK, France and Germany), Spain goes straight to the Eurovision final but is entering the event with odds of $151, currently equal with Switzerland, Montenegro, Albania, Malta and Slovenia and the longest odds available for this year’s event. This song is probably even money to finish last this year… which is understandable listening to it.

This song is a catchy little summer tune, but it is not a Eurovision song. The song the public voted for in Spain is much more Eurovision. Contigo by Mirela drew in the national selection with Manel Navarro, but the judges, which included a DJ connected with Manel, broke the tie giving it to… Manel. The crowd got upset and Eurovision got a sub-standard song. The crowds boos are evidence enough that the Spanish people still care about Eurovision even if the judges don’t.

Eurovision has the song that the Spanish people put third in their national selection. At least the people got to contribute to this choice. Come countries are told what their Eurovision entry is and don’t even get to pretend it is popular and diplomatic. At least Spain got to play pretend.

Spain has not won a Eurovision since 1969, when it was one of 4 winners (with UK, the Netherlands and France). If they keep doing what they are doing with the national selection, Spain will not win another Eurovision for a very long time

passionpop: (die bitch)
Previous Entries:
Wins: 2 1968 Masiel - La, la, la
            1969 (shared) Salomé - Vivo Cantando
First Entry: 1961 Conchita Bautista - Estando Contigo
Most Recent Entry: Edurne – Amanecer
National Anthem: Marcha Real


Barei - Say Yay!

This song is hovering around the fringes of the top ten, which is understandable because it is one of those summer party anthems that Eurovision likes to give the world. My only issue is that the main dance move in this clip is giving me NKOTB Flashbacks, and that is not a good thing.

This is apparently the first Spanish entry with no Spanish lyrics. I also don’t know if the line “lalalala” is in homage to the first Spanish winner of Eurovision from all the way back in 1968. I doubt it was intentional, but it is a sweet link. Too many La’s anyway…

All the lines are sung with such confidence despite the fact that they are largely nonsensical. “I know by heart my shades; I got the light between my breaks” what is that even meant to mean? I would comment about Kids these days, but she is 34. Engrish hasn’t stopped anyone from winning though.

This year’s song may eventually be a commercial for active-ware or energy drink. Spain likes songs that sound like advertising jingles… like in 1979

passionpop: (die bitch)
Population: 46 464 053
Area: 505 990
Language: Spanish
Eurovision Attendances: 54
Eurovision wins: 2 (1968, 1969)

Edurne – Amanecer

This is the second song that features composition by Thomas G:son this Eurovision After Georgia’s entry. Maybe G:son is trying to be the new Ralph Siegel. All I can say is ‘please don’t’. One Siegel is too many

Edurne is another talent show loser who finishing 6th on Operación Triunfo, which from what I understand is like an idol/big brother bootcamp. I am sure that show would have been torture to watch. I hate 'talent' show contestants.

The song isn’t bad and the bookmakers currently have this in the top 20. I think it will finish somewhere around there, maybe.

In the end they say All this is music, or something like that. There is probably a better translation of the 1992 act.

passionpop: (putting my foot in it)
SPOILER ALERT: if you are yet to watch the semis, this is a list of the running order of the final, so the 11 non-qualifiers are not listed. if you don't want to know who qualified, stop reading now.

Other than an update  on the odds, this is mainly a copy and paste of what I wrote earlier in the week, mainly because it is not fair to base Denmark and the big 5 on their rehearsal and the 20 acts that qualified from the semis on their polished performance complete with gimmicks and effects, but Romania was pretty awesome in the end

Final running order )
passionpop: (putting my foot in it)

The semi performances will be the same in the final for those that make it. There are 6 that have already made it though to the final, most because they pay to.

The big 5 are German, United Kingdom, France, Italy and Spain and they are the the biggest financial contributors to the EBU. Denmark also Auto qualify for the Final because they allegedly sent the best act last year, they were at least determined to be the winner of last years contest.

so these are the other 6 rehearsals.

Auto-qualifiers for the final )

passionpop: (subliminal)
Spain, it is alleged, bought their first Eurovision win in 1968. In 1969 they were involved in the first tie. Since then their entries have generally been involved in less controversy. This year has completely avoided controversy so far.

Artist: Ruth Lorenzo
Song: Dancing in the Rain

I am always concerned with songs like this live. Some performances of it she is not that bad, but dancing and singing is not good for her, but points for trying. To me though it is sad that she has to stand still while singing a song about dancing.

The most annoying pat of this song is “The rain, the rain, the rain!”, which is a really crap refrain for what is otherwise an ok song. The second most annoying part is Ruth has some lungs on her. Who'd have thought someone who came 5th in UK X-Factor could actually sing. There are possibly a few small flaws, but she can hold it together fairly well. This makes this years final look interesting.

After Greece in 2008 I developed a dislike for the little princesses who grow up in the US and then move back to their native country to be a famous singer, but this years entry from Spain has potential. I wish her well, though she wont win.

There are too many former X-Factor contestants in Eurovision, including Kati Wolf who represented Hungary in 2011 in a very short dress.

passionpop: (putting my foot in it)
Country: Spain

Debut: 1961
Previous Appearances: 52
Wins: 2 (1968 - Massiel 'La, La, La', tie 1969 – Salomé 'Vivo Cantando')

Artist: ESDM
Song: Contigo Hasta El Final

The name of this bad translates to Morpheus' Dream. Not even being stuck in the Matrix explains this though, it also doesn't explain the Brian Johnson (from AC/DC) look alike on guitar.

This is fairly innocuous radio music. Exploiting celtic sounds in Eurovision is so desperate and so 90's, but it is pretty, just not pretty enough.

The bookies don't rate this at all and I think it will only exist to keep other acts off the bottom of the table in the final

at least this is not one of those asked that should ask a professional to Enséñame a cantar

passionpop: (putting my foot in it)
Performer: Pastora Soler
Song: Quédate Conmigo

This is possibly one of the best songs Spain has ever sent to Eurovision. For a Eurovision song, I can't fault it. I still don't care for it, but thats just my taste. I wouldn't buy it, I wouldn't play it in my car, but the song is nice.

If Glee! ever did a spanish special, they could do this song, I would give them permission to ruin it as they do. this song could be used in a movie or a TV show or anything, it is very versatile. none of this endears it to me. 

It could make for an awesome performance, and though it should perform well... well Spain can't really host a Eurovision. I am not sure if Spain could host a tupperware party right now, though they could afford to send their royalty to Botswana to hunt Elephants... Eurovision is a bit excessive though

I do believe that it is one of the best songs that Spain has sent, but 2010 was the most professional performer, not even a stage crasher could distract any of the performance and really, the stage crasher added to it a bit. before that, a nice song from Switzerland

passionpop: (die bitch)
OMG. I think this is my last Eurovision Review...OMG it is!!! I can't believe it is finally done! I would say I am saving the best for last, but instead I am doing Son de Sol - "Brujería"

(unrelated lyrics of the day) Holiday in Spain - Counting crows
I may take a holiday in Spain
Leave my wings behind me
Drink my worries down the drain
And fly away to somewhere new

Drink Drink Drink... Drink until Eurovision is over and you cant remember a thing, I say... Anyway back to the Spanish entry. This is a typical annoying Latino song. INfact it sounds like one from an ad or something and it is annoying me because I cannot think of the chick latino song it sounds like.

It is annoying, it is latino, but hey it migh get up if politics doesn't get in the way. If it loses blame Iraq. otherwise vote Son de Sol - "Brujería"

lyrics )


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