Shortly after Spain’s RTVE revealed the six songs competing to win Objetivo Eurovisión, we asked our readers to let us know who should represent Spain at Eurovision 2016. After counting 3,174 votes, we can now reveal that our readers’ favourite is Barei with “Say Yay!” Barei, who recently told us that she has been “swimming up stream” alone and without a record label, managed to gather 1,317 votes, over 40% of all those cast. That’s nearly double that of her nearest rival, Xuso Jones.
As well as topping our poll, Barei came out tops with the Wiwi Jury. Feeling the rush, one juror described it as “an adrenaline-rush of lush pop”, while another juror seemed to find himself in her inspirational message:

Turning away from broken mirrors and diving into her own struggles, Barei gives perseverance rhythm with this uplifting dance number. Working around RTVE’s Spanish-language rule, she has carefully hidden Spanish in the backing while serving up English-language lyrics that could motivate the most down-trodden soul. Her vocals carry passion and power and, supported by ample bangs and clangs, make me say yay while pumping my fist and shaking my tail. A strong and deserving contender for Stockholm.

You can watch the Spanish National Final live tonight on RTVE and on eurovision.tv from 22:15 CET.

Barei: “Say Yay!” lyric video

http://youtu.be/qAtfAPjnPcE

Finishing second in our poll is the saucy Xuso Jones with his pop-track “Victorious“. He earned 669 votes, or around 21% of all those cast. “The beat, lyrics, voice – love, love, love everything,” one juror wrote.

María Isabel placed third in our poll with “La vida sólo es una.”

Who should represent Spain at Eurovision 2016? (Results)

1. Barei with “Say Yay!” 41.49% (1,317 votes)
2. Xuso Jones with “Victorious” 21.08% (669 votes)
3. María Isabel with “La vida sólo es una” 17.9% (568 votes)
4. Electric Nana with “Now” 11.44% (363 votes)
5. Salvador Beltrán with “Días de alegría” 5.1% (162 votes)
6. Maverick with “Un mundo más feliz” 2.99% (95 votes)

Our first reaction to the full songs

Our interview with Barei

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MGR
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MGR

Ann Sophie’s spirit hovers over spanish national selections for ESC 2016. Barei looks like her darker version. The last song sounded a bit like “Jump The Gun”.

Colin
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Colin

Barei or Electric Nana – both had solid songs and good performances. Neither song hit me in the heart, but these two are the only ones I can see as serious growers. Other songs are generic and so-so at best.

marie
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marie

I like maria isabel’s song!
But I’m waiting to watch them on stage to know what is the best !
Good luck to the six artists!

Ñu
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Ñu

Really waiting for the Show tonight: My top 6: 1° Barei: Catchy and modern song that can be used for a great staging, and seems that she has a great live. 2° María Isabel: Maybe it’s a little dated, but I think it’s catchy and I’m not against my language but since Lucía In 2011 our entries haven’t got that latin flavour, not winning material (more In the middle of the score). 3° Xuso Jones: I quite Like the song but my issue is that this won’t score high (Donny, Sergei, Nicky and the list will increase). Also I’d love… Read more »

Freyah
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Freyah

I’d like María Isabel to win, but I wouldn’t be sad if Barei or Electric Nana won. I think Barei will win, but please not Xuso and his Swedish wannabe that wouldn’t make Andra Chansen at Melfest.

MMs
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MMs

So looking forward to tonight’s show. Nothing speaks better than their live performance! I hope Barei and Xuso Jones are amazing, I can’t pick one haha

MarioMario
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Either Barei or Maria Isabel for me. But I enjoy Barei more.

candycam
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candycam

Barei is THE option, no copies and no beach bar music please leave your bad taste

@EugeneESCUK
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My view? 1st – BAREI – 8/10 6th – All the rest – 5/10 or less. But I’m guessing it will not be such a done deal in Spain tonight for 4 reasons :- 1 We have not heard the artists/songs live or seen the staging of course 2 The Spanish delegation like a song in Spanish 3 Fanbases in Spain 4 The silly voting structure 30%:30%:40% So the public ONLY get a 40% say, whilst the “experts” get a 60% say and you know what that means? An International jury gets 30%, which is okay, it should be 50%.… Read more »

Antonio
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Antonio

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