Spain – Fans of Spain can cheer! After earlier reports of the country possibly dropping out of the contest due to the financial crisis in the country, TVE has announced early this morning they’d reveal their candidate for Baku at 12 CET. The Spanish broadcaster kept its promise and announced during the ‘La Mañana de la Una” show that Pastora Soler will represent Spain at the Eurovision Song Contest, held in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Pilar Sánchez Luque (born September 27, 1978 in Coria del Río, Seville), better known by her stage name Pastora Soler, is a Spanish singer/songwriter mainly known for her flamenco and pop repertoire which also earned her a Latino Grammy Award. She has released 11 albums to date, her most current one being ‘Una mujer como yo’ (2011).
At this stage, no song has been selected yet. This will happen at a later date, where the song will be chosen via televoting and a jury during a televised national final. Soler told reports though that she “won’t sing a copla at Eurovision“. She is thinking about entering either a pop song, strong ballad or mid-tempo song. She has apparently changed her mind concerning Eurovision as just a few months ago she claimed that Eurovision was not part of her plans and that she didn’t need it for her career.
UPD: The Spanish broadcaster TVE has told esctoday.com that a song selection will be broadcast in February. Soler may have refered to that when stating three possible music styles. She will probably perform three songs: One strong ballad, a pop song and a mid-tempo song.
Spain is the second country, after France, who’s announced their representative and is certain of a place in the grand final of the contest, as being part of the big five.
Here is one of Pastora Soler’s songs “Por Si Volvieras”
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ET: A big thanks to Dimitri for another great article and to Rubén Serrano Martinez for his research