Spain – Yesterday RTVE made an announcement that Bertin Osborne was the first of six finalists who will perform in the Spanish National Final to determine their entry for Stockholm 2016. That was a prank though but today the actual finalists have been officially revealed
The announcement of Bertin Osborne had been a Fools Day prank so shame on me for being fooled so easily. Today RTVE have officially revealed the six acts that will be performing in their National Final. The songs are still to be revealed so to get a hang of the kind of music they release, I have put a video of previous music released by each. The finalists are…
1. Xuso Jones
Xuso’s Eurovision Song will be composed by Andreas Öhrn and Peter Boström. He has said that he was persuaded to take part by friend Ruth Lorenzo who represented Spain in 2014. Peter Boström is already known to the Eurovision Song Contest having co-written “Euphoria” by Loreen who won the contest in 2012. Boström also wrote “Amancer” for Edurne last year and “Popular” which came 3rd for Eric Saade in 2011. Xuso says the song is “very cool, that goes in crescendo and ends up being super big”
2. Salvador Beltrán
Salvador has been singing since 2012 when he won the Cadena Dial Newcomer Award in the same year. His song will be self composed with the help of Miguel Angel Arenas and will have a Latin feel. He has this to say about his dong… “The song that I composed for Eurovision speaks of the days of joy. That if we have bad days, we have to stay with the good experiences and the people who love us” he also says that the song “will have a touch of Spanish folklore by the prominence of the guitar and how my voice”
Maverick took part in the Spanish version of The Voice in 2015 where he was one of the finalists. His Eurovision entry will be written by Juan Magan, Darlyn Cuevas and Luiggi Giuseppe Olivares. He has this to say about the song “It is a song intended to make the audience stand and to dance”. The song will have also have a Latin feel “because the Latin works well for us, it is in our roots”
4. Maria Isabel
Maria Isabel won the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2004 with her song “Antes muerta que sencilla”. In 2016 she hopes to represent Spain in the main edition of the contest in Stockholm. Her song will be written by David Santisteban and she describes the song as “danceable, with very fresh air , which I think people will like and that makes the best of me”
5. Electric Nana
Electric Nana has been singing since since she was 14 years old and has even sung with Plan B. Her Eurovision song will be self composed and described she says it has a “fun, rebellious and unapologetic spirit” and that it “makes you smile and it makes you have a good time”. Electric Nana can speak three languages (English, Spanish and French) so will her song be in English or will it be bilingual like Ruth Lorenzo‘s “Dancing in the Rain”?
Barei’s song will be written by herself with co-writers Rubén Villanueva and Víctor Púa Vivó. She says her song has “pop electronic bases and a very modern sound” and thinks “it’s a song that everyone can relate to, that speaks of never giving up”. Barei sings in English so it is likely her song will be in the English language as well
So there we have the six finalists. The date of the National Final is still to be revealed but as we wait for the six potential songs to be revealed, who are you most excited about? Please comment below and maybe even vote in our poll below.