Last night the Wiwi Jury—our in-house panel of music unprofessionals—headed to Madrid to eat manchego and to review El Sueño De Morfeo’s Eurovision 2013 song. Did “Contigo hasta el final” have us shouting “Olé!” Or did it induce a siesta? Read on to find out…
Vebooboo: This song reminds me of an anal fissure, in-grown hair, or horrible pimple. Why? Because each of these is painful and stays with you until the end – just like this song and its title. Last year Pastora Soler knocked my calcetones (socks) off as she belted her way to a respectable place in the Final, even serving as a press poll favourite for a while. But just like the Spanish economy, this song has tanked and will have people running to the arena’s exits faster than refugees swim to the Spanish shores.
Deban: El Sueño De Morfeo is a successful Spanish pop-rock band with Celtic influences. They’re faithful to their sound and imagery. They capture the travelling band theme perfectly. The unfortunate thing is that this entry doesn’t leave the Canary Islands. It’s sweet, but it’s also very forgettable. It’s pleasant, but it’s lacking in spunk. If Spain had to trawl through the semis, there’d be no hope in heaven of this advancing. This is the song that’s suitable for airplay when disembarking an Iberia jet in Madrid. It doesn’t deserve a trip to Malmö.
Bogdan: What a disappointment, after last year’s superb power ballad, to send something as mediocre as this…The girl has a decent voice, but the song is such a mess! It opens as a Celtic tune, then it turns into a ballad, then, wait, it’s a Natalie Merchant rock song from 1995. Why didn’t they throw their grandmother and her sink in there, while they were at it? This will be quite forgettable in the Final and I wouldn’t be surprised if it finished dead last. Lo siento!
Wiwi: I’ll give lead singer Raquel de Rosario this much: She knows how to ride a horse. Unfortunately El Sueno de Morfeo comes up short when compared to other Eurovision acts even in this regard. Ukraine’s Zlata Ognevich knows how to ride a unicorn. It’s an apt comparison as it’s in comparison that Spain loses out. If I heard “Contigo hasta el final” in a film in the 90s I’d think it was rather pleasant. But when heard in a line-up that features so many above average songs, this just dies. At least they’ll get some points from Ireland.
HK Dick: EDSM (not to be confused with BDSM) have steered Spain away from the power ballads and distinct Spanish sounds with something much more folksy that would fit well as a filler on a Corrs album. And that’s how it fits in at Eurovision – as filler. It has no chance to win and is making up the numbers but isn’t particularly offensive either. Let’s call it…pleasant…though a lack of points may well see it slip to the bottom of the Big 5 this year.
Alexander: I like “Contigo Hasta El Final”, but I don’t love it. The Celtic influences are cool, and the song has a nice feeling, but that’s really about it. The problem is that it’s generic, repetitive, and doesn’t really go anywhere. Spain is definitely not going to be in the top 10 this year.
Mr Häggkvist: After Pastora Soler, I think RTVE have the pressure to select an artist that could bring another top 10 place, and I don’t think that “El Sueño de Morfeo” was the right choice. They’re good, but good is not enough in Eurovision, and “Contigo hasta el final” is one of those songs that isn’t bad, but isn’t great either. Even Spanish Eurovision websites are predicting a placement between 15 and 20, which I think will be their final result. This was just a safe choice, no risk in it.
Wiwi Jury Verdict: 4/10