Objetivo Eurovision: Fruela revamps “Live It Up” to include mostly Spanish lyrics

Given that Spain’s wildcard selection has been going on for months, you may have forgotten that the Eurocasting final is just one week away. But take note: Things are really heating up!

On Wednesday Spanish broadcaster RTVE announced that Eurocasting finalist Fruela has decided to revamp his song “Live It Up”, adding Spanish lyrics to the number, which was originally 100% in English. Please pause and join us in screaming, saying yay, etc.

You can listen to the Fruela’s revamped “Live It Up” here.

The move comes after a heated debate among Eurofans and a petition for him to make the change.

While the production and the rhythm of the song remain the same, he’s revamped all of the lyrics apart from the chorus, which he’s keeping in English “so Europe can understand the meaning.”

Fruela told RTVE:

From the beginning, I recorded “Live It Up” in both languages: English and Spanish. We decided to send the English version to Eurocasting because this was supposed to be my new single. But after reading some fan comments asking me to sing in Spanish in the contest, we stood up for this new version.

Although the verses of the song are now in Spanish, the meaning of the song remains the same.

It’s a song in which I talk about how even in the darkest and most negative moments of life, there’s always some light. It’s a song that describes everything I’ve fought for in my life until this very moment.

For this version he joined forces with Ander Pérez Nemowave and Amaya Martínez, who together are the songwriting duo Andermay. They’re Eurovision veterans who were also behind “Dime” (Spain’s 2003 Eurovision entry). Fruela hopes they will manage to get him to Eurovision, too.

LIVE IT UP LYRICS — FRUELA

Intentar, no llegar
Resistir, continuar
Una vez más
Todo va a cambiar

No hay ayer, solo es hoy
Decidí ser quien soy
Sin avisar
Sin guardar mi voz

Batallas que ganar
Soñando viviré
No voy a renunciar
Nada nos para
Nada nos para

Just live it up (x4)

Nada nos para
Sé que al fin despertaré

El dolor, ya se fue
Se acabó sigo en pie
Repetiré una y otra vez

No hay dolor, no hay porqués
Lo viví como fue
Me convirtió
En lo que ahora ves

Batallas que ganar
Soñando viviré
No voy a renunciar
Nada nos para
Nada nos para

Just live it up (x4)

Sé que al fin despertaré
Sé que al fin olvidaré
Intentar, no llegar
Resistir, continuar
Un poco más
Todo va a cambiar

EURODRAMA

¡Dios mío! 

Not everyone is happy with the news. Fruela’s decision to change his song has sparked another round of drama.

Among those crying foul is Nicky Triphook, who managed to make the Eurocasting Top 10 with his song “Daddy’s Little Girl”. In fact, he finished fourth along with Brequette in the jury voting.

He’s understandably peeved that a song that wasn’t voted for by the jury (Eurocasting 10) and televoters (Eurocasting 30) will be allowed to participate in the final.

And he’s reached out to RTVE asking them to explain…

Nicky: I would like the professional Jury to speak up. You didn’t vote for that song. I don’t get it.

He received an answer from one of the jury members, who works on the Jenesaispop website.

Jenesaispop: We didn’t vote based on the language on this occasion.

Spanish fans are also reacting to the announcement, with many of them pointing out that this is not the song they voted for. They’re saying it’s unfair, especially given that seven other artists were sent home during the jury vote, including fan wank and long-standing fan favourite Brequette.

Reactions came from everyone, including Fruela himself. His message? Stop the drama! Start the music!

Fruela: I hope no one feels disappointed. The intention is that everyone can identify with my song. Let’s enjoy the music.

So, what do you think? Do you prefer the new version of Fruela’s “Live it Up”? Is the Spanish broadcaster being unfair by letting Fruela revamp his song with the Eurocasting final in just one week? Let us know in the comments section below!

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