Best Last Place – 90 songs have come last or shared last at the Eurovision Song Contest. Over the last weeks hundreds of our readers have voted for their favorites. Each voter submitted his personal Top 5. In the next days we will reveal your Top 15. Today, we continue with a flamenco singer from Spain.
Spain sent a representative of a new music genre to the Eurovision Song Contest 1983: flamenco-rock. The song “¿Quién maneja mi barca?” („Who Sails My Boat“) fuses traditional Spanish flamenco with synthie pop elements prominent in America and the UK at the time. These synthie elements had to be traded in for real instruments for the live Eurovision performance. The lyrics match the powerful and passionate nature of the song. Remedios Amaya, who performed barefoot, asks a series of metaphorical questions: “Who sails my boat? It’s drifting away from me. Tell me, who sails my boat?” is the main theme of the song.British commentator Terry Wogan called the entry “very ethnic”. The song did not fare well at all with European jurors. 0 points and last place was the result.