Every day until December 24, we’re stuffing your stockings with a new Eurovision poll covering everything from best follow-up single by a Eurovision 2015 act to which act deserves the ultimate last place. Consider this our advent calendar for 2015. Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, you can join us and let us know your thoughts each and every day. So grab your spiked egg not, cozy up to the fire, and let’s relive some Eurovision magic…
Day 5: Spain at Eurovision
On December 6 all of Spain will celebrate Constitution Day — Dia de la Constitucion — which marks the anniversary the Spanish people ratifiying the Constitution. In honor of Spain we are celebrating its ESC stars from tigress Edurne to superstar Pastora Soler to fiesta-loving Lucía Pérez. But which is your favourite of the past decade? You can vote for as many songs as you like, but you can only vote one time…
2006: Las Ketchup – “Un Blodymary”
After dropping the worldwide hit “The Ketchup Song (Aserejé)” in 2002, the Muñoz-sisters tried their luck in Eurovision with another tomato-inspired ditty. Internally selected by the state broadcaster, they took “Un Blodymary” to Eurovision 2006. Europe wasn’t thirsty for their cocktail and they only banked points from two countries, placing 21st in the final. Bottoms up…
2007: D’NASH – “I Love You Mi Vida”
The boy band D’NASH emerged as the victors of Spain’s Misión Eurovisión 2007 with their song “I Love You Mi Vida”. It was co-written by Thomas G:son, who later wrote two more Eurovision songs for Spain. Performing second in the grand final, they placed 20th out of 24 acts.
2008: Rodolfo Chikilicuatre – “Baila el Chiki-chiki”
Comedic act Rodolfo Chikilicuatre won Salvemos Eurovisión — Spain’s national selection for Eurovision 2008 — over fan favourite Coral. His song “Baila el Chiki-chiki” caused a bit of controversy for its overtly political lyrics…and for being ridic. In the actual contest, Spain finished 16th with 55 points.
2009: Soraya Arnelas – “La noche es para mí”
Soraya Arnelas tied with Melody in Eurovisión 2009: El retorno, but officials ultimately gave her the bid to Moscow since she earned more points from the televoters. In the final of Eurovision Soraya placed second to last leaving just Finland behind. The night was not for her after all…
2010: Daniel Diges – “Algo pequeñito”
Daniel Diges won Destino Oslo, La Gala de Eurovisión 2010 and with it the chance to represent Spain in Oslo. During the final of the 2010 contest, Spanish pitch invader Jimmy Jump rushed onto stage, interrupting the performance and forcing Diges to perform again later in the night. It still failed to reach the top ten, placing 15th.
2011: Lucía Pérez – “Que me quiten lo bailao”
In the final of Destino Eurovisión, three artists each performed three songs and one from each advanced to the superfinal. The winner was Lucía Pérez, who beat Melissa and boy band Auryn with a whopping 68 percent of the televote. Europe didn’t love the song that much, though. France and Portugal voted it the best of the evening but it still placed only 23rd. No matter. You can’t take the fun away from her…
2012: Pastora Soler – “Quédate conmigo”
RTVE internally selected Pastora Soler for Eurovision 2012, but the Spanish people, along with a professional jury, got to choose her song. “Quédate conmigo” was the favourite of the jury and got a massive 56% of the televote. With 97 points, Pastora achieved 10th place, which was the best result for Spain since 2004.
2013: El Sueño de Morfeo (ESDM) – “Contigo hasta el final”
Like the year before, the artist to represent Spain in 2013 was chosen internally. Pop-rock band El Sueño de Morfeo sang three songs in the final of El Sueño de Morfeo: Destino Eurovisión and “Contigo hasta el final” (With You Until The End) won the night. In the Eurovision final, only two countries gave Spain points and they came next-to-last.
2014: Ruth Lorenzo – “Dancing in the Rain”
Ruth Lorenzo, who placed fifth on British X Factor, won Spain’s national selection Mira quién va a Eurovisión by the skin of her teeth. She tied with Brequette overall, but officials used the public vote as the tiebreak (sorry, jurors). She placed tenth at Eurovision with 74 points.
2015: Edurne – “Amanecer”
In 2015, RTVE internally selected Edurne to sing in Vienna, partnering her with “Euphoria” composers Thomas G:son and Peter Boström, along with Spanish songwriter Tony Sánchez-Ohlsson. Despite being one of the pre-contest favourites, Edurne placed 21st in the final.