The Eurocasting in Spain is finally coming to an end. On Thursday, either Fruela, Javián or Leklein will win the preliminary phase of Spain’s national selection, and will go on to compete against a number of undisclosed artists in the Objetivo Eurovision final, which is scheduled for February.
Back in December, several artists emerged as rumoured candidates who had been handpicked by RTVE — namely Rafa Blas, Mirela, Paula Rojo and Mario Jefferson. Now, two days ahead of the official announcement, there are two more names in the rumour mill: Maika Barbero and Manel Navarro.
Maika may be familiar to you. Last year, she tried her luck in Switzerland’s selection with her song “The Reason” — and topped our Wiwi Poll. She had previously competed on The Voice of Spain and another talent show called Levántate All Stars (where Ruth Lorenzo was a part of the judging panel).
Known for her gravelly voice, Maika’s career hasn’t really taken flight in Spain. Following The Voice, where she finished third, Maika has released two singles, including “En Tus Manos”, which had moderate success.
Manel, the other rumoured artist, is a 20-year-old singer from Barcelona. In 2016, he released his first single “Candle”. The song got some attention, especially in the Catalan radio stations.
Three years ago, he won the contest Teen Star in Catalonia and released his single “Brand New Day”. On his YouTube channel, he has uploaded cover versions of Drake, Ed Sheeran and 5 Seconds of Summer.
Line-up revealed at Eurocasting
The line-up of Objetivo Eurovisión will finally be revealed on Thursday during the Eurocasting show. As of now, no names are confirmed. Will any of the rumoured names be on the list? And will Romania’s Ovi take part? We’ll have to wait and see.
In any case, what do you think of Maika and Manel? Do you think either of them have a chance of representing Spain at Eurovision? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!