OT 2017 finalists

Hola! Spain is hosting the Operación Triunfo Eurovision show tonight and the Wiwi Jury wouldn’t want to miss it. However, because of the little time we’ve had since the songs were revealed, we’ve switched things up a bit.

All up, nine performances will face the public vote tonight. Each of the top five contestants — Alfred, Amaia, Aitana, Ana Guerra and Miriam — will perform a solo song. They’ll also team up in pairs to perform a duet: Alfred and Amaai, Aitana and a Ana Guerra, while Miriam will be joined by last week’s eliminated act, Agoney. The top five will also perform a group song.

For this Wiwi Jury, just like we did with Festivali i Këngës back in December, we’re revealing our top five options for Eurovision, and giving a little review of our favourites.

Our 15 jurors include people from Spain, but also from Australia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Lithuania, New Zealand, Portugal, Serbia and the UK.

Antranig

1. Aitana & Ana Guerra – “Lo malo”

Spain has some great performers this year but not a lot of good songs. Amongst those great performers, Ana Guerra stands out as my clear favourite. She has so much sass and energy in her performances and she’d surely have Eurovision’s Next Top Model locked up. Her duet with Aitana edges out her solo performance as my choice for Spain because Aitana compensates for what Ana may lack in the live vocals department, which frees Ana to do what she does best and dazzle us with her moves. The song requires some work but this has a lot of performance for a great stage show — I need to see Ana whipping her hair in Lisbon.

2. Ana Guerra – “El remedio”
3. Aitana, Alfred, Amaia, Ana Guerra & Miriam – “Camina”
4. Agoney & Miriam – “Magia”
5. Amaia – “Al cantar”

Bernardo

1. Amaia & Alfred – “Tu canción”

Few Eurovision acts can claim they have everything working for them. And yes, I’m already calling this a Eurovision act. “Tu canción” has the best melody I’ve heard in this year’s national final season. Amaia is magic. Amaia and Alfred together are magnetic. The song creates a mood for itself and the staging is even going to elevate it further. The power of love in its essence is unbeatable. We shouldn’t give scores, but I’m putting it out there. It’s a 10 out of 10.

2. Miriam – “Lejos de tu piel”
3. Aitana – “Arde”
4. Aitana & Ana Guerra – “Lo malo”
5. Ana Guerra – El remedio

Chris

1. Aitana – “Arde”

“Arde” at least brings something different to the table. Too many of these entries feel like they’re trying to place themselves somewhere else: either Sobral-esque clones, or dated pop/musical references. Not only that, but a lot seems to ride on the trope that a “story” can help you at Eurovision. But usually that story has to be much deeper than a romance. “Arde” rises above all that as its own creation: it doesn’t need anything fancy or flashy. Aitana shines with a classy, professional entry that will resonate with juries.

2. Alfred – “Que nos sigan las luces”
3. Amaia & Alfred – “Tu canción”
4. Miriam – “Lejos de tu piel”
5. Amaia – “Al cantar”

Cinan

1. Aitana & Ana Guerra – “Lo malo”

YAAAAS QUEENS! This is the song of Spain! I love the reggaetón sound. These two girls will set the scene in Lisbon! I very much hope to choose this song because, in my opinion, Eurovision needs more fast paced and sexy songs that make you dance all night! Less ballads, please. I wish them success at the Gala evening!

2. Amaia & Alfred – “Tu canción”
3. Amaia – “Al cantar”
4. Miriam & Agoney – “Magia”
5. Ana Guerra – “El Remedio”

Edd

1. Amaia & Alfred – “Tu canción”

Whilst trying to work out what’s so good about “Tu canción”, I’ve realised that it’s flawless. The understated, emotional production, the timeless melody, the combination of Alfred and Amaia’s beautiful but hipster vocals, and most of all, their heartmelting raw chemistry. They make me feel like I’m in love for the first time — and what a lovely feeling that is. Top five at Eurovision EASY.

2. Amaia – “Al cantar”
3. Aitana & Ana Guerra – “Lo malo”
4. Aitana, Alfred, Amaia, Ana Guerra & Miriam – “Camina”
5. Miriam – “Lejos de tu piel”

Jonathan

1. Aitana – “Arde”

Simple yet sophisticated, Aitana owns this song as if it was one she’d written herself. Out of all six performers, she’s the one I feel the most emotionally connected to and I’m captivated by her presence and her voice. During Saturday’s second rehearsal even Ana and Miriam were singing along, showing just how powerful Aitana is as a performer. This may not go into Eurovision as a firm favourite to win, but pair “Arde” with some magical staging and this could be a really beautiful moment in the midst of the other high energy songs of the grand-final.

2. Amaia & Alfred – “Tu canción”
3. Aitana & Ana Guerra – “Lo malo”
4. Ana Guerra – “El remedio”
5. Miriam – “Lejos de tu piel”

Jordi

1. Amaia & Alfred – “Tu canción”

This is magical, or M-A-G-I-C-A-L in capitals. This duet is serving pure real love and when they both sing, they manage to fill my veins with proper tenderness. I’m breathing sweet foolish love in a very intimate performance. And many people would expect Latin vibes from the southern country, but this song is a complete plot-twist to most expectations. It’s been ages since last Spain’s duet, and “Tu Canción” sounds pure Romeo and Juliet with no drama, just love. I still would like supernovas in the end, a big explosion of desire. But the song itself, it’s just beautiful.

2. Aitana – “Arde”
3. Aitana & Ana Guerra – “Lo malo”
4. Amaia – “Al cantar”
5. Miriam – “Lejos de tu piel”

 

Kristin

1. Amaia – “Al cantar”

This is my clear number one in OT. The retro sound and Amaia’s voice go together like strawberries and chocolate. We’re not seeing any fireworks here, just a beautifully written song and a performance free of all pretentiousness. This song is an ode to the Golden Years of Eurovision back in the ’60s and perhaps also a little wink to Salvador’s performance last year. I like a lot.

2. Amaia & Alfred – “Tu canción”
3. Miriam – “Lejos de tu piel”
4. Agoney & Miriam – “Magia”
5. Ana Guerra – “El remedio”

Luis

1.  Amaia & Alfred – “Tu canción”

Amaia and Alfred define “chemistry” in every performance. The way the look into each other, the way their voices sound together… everything. It’s just pure magic. They can absolutely break the language barriers and transmit their emotions to Europe. Spain hasn’t had a chance to do well at Eurovision like this for ages.

2. Aitana – “Arde”
3. Alfred – “Que nos sigan las luces”
4. Aitana & Ana Guerra – “Lo malo”
5. Amaia – “Al cantar”

Lukas

1. – Miriam – “Lejos de tu piel”

This brings me to the good old times when Spain used to send big and strong ballads to Eurovision. Pastora Soler and Ruth Lorenzo would be proud of this song. Miriam is a great singer and she really delivers this song with a lot of emotions and makes me feel them. If Spain wants to do well once again at Eurovision, “Lejos de tu piel” is what they should pick this year.

2. Aitana & Ana Guerra – “Lo malo”
3. Ana Guerra – “El remedio”
4. Aitana – “Arde”
5. Amaia & Alfred – “Tu canción”

Robyn

1. Amaia & Alfred – “Tu canción”

Even from the first rough rehearsals of “Tu canción”, it was clear there was something magical happening. The simple but strong melody is one thing, but #Almaia’s chemistry and vocal talents take it and elevate it to a whole nother level. The lyrics might be in Spanish, but the emotion and meaning of the song is clear. This needs to go to Lisbon!

2. Aitana & Ana Guerra – “Lo malo”
3. Agoney & Miriam – “Magia”
4. Aitana – “Arde”
5. Ana Guerra – “El remedio”

Sebastian

1. Amaia & Alfred – “Tu canción”

There’s something comfortably adorable about the chemistry between Alfred and Amaia. Individually, they might lack the power to hold your attention for three minutes. But together, they create a magical atmosphere that is not dated, but timeless. Almost reminiscent of Salvador Sobral’s final performance with Luisa last year, it’s a little tearjerking in a good way.

2. Ana Guerra – “El remedio”
3. Aitana & Ana Guerra – “Lo malo”
4. Miriam – “Lejos de tu piel”
5. Amaia – “Al cantar”

What’s your favourite song in Spain? Who do you think should get the ticket to Lisbon? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Piolin
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where did you get that info Polegend??? Apart from Despacito and echame la culpa, the rest didnt get the number 1 in Spain. Also, subeme la radio by Enrique Iglesias got the number 1 in April 2017….so less than a year….
anyway it is a fact that we listen to latin music here, no problem with that, we have many things in common, it is just normal so dont be dissapointed Luz, a few ppl do no represent a whole country. I am sure you can get over it 🙂

juliep
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juliep

miriam

Evan
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Evan

I don’t get the love for “Lo Malo.” It’s super fun, sure, but generically so and most importantly- Ana Guerra can. not. sing. It’s like that scene in Mamma Mia where Meryl sings with Pierce Brosnan.

Lo Malo
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Lo Malo

Tu Cancion would guarantee a good placement for Spain. But Lo Malo is a BOP that I really want to see performed on the big stage.

Efraim
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Efraim

Based on the positions, I have calculated a Wiwi Jury ranking. As in the ESC, a 1st place vote is worth 12 points, 2nd place vote is 10, 8 points for 3rd, 7 for 4th and 6 for 5th. Therefore, the top 9 of the Wiwi Jury for Spain would be as follows:
1st – Tu canción (116 points)
2nd – Lo malo (90)
3rd – Arde (66)
4th – Lejos de tu piel (62)
5th – Al cantar (61)
6th – El remedio (59)
7th – Magia (29)
8th – Que nos sigan las luces (18)
9th – Camina (15)

Surfer22
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Surfer22

#EuropeBurnswithAitana #EuropaArdeconAitana

LJE96
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LJE96

Can anyone see a Netherlands 2014 style staging for amaia and Alfred if they go to Lisbon? Just them two looking at each other and no one else.

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

Y’all Tu canción sounds like it’s ready for the bottom five. It’s simply out of touch with what people want to hear in 2018.

NickC
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NickC

I dont think it will end up in bottom 5, because the story- not the song- will grab few televotes, but it will not make it to the left hand o the scoreboard

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

What story? Aren’t those two a completely manufactured product from RTVE who wants to create some drama and forced chemistry between the two?

TomSchilling
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TomSchilling

You can’t say that especially looking at the two previous songs who have won. Personally this is exactly what I want to here in 2018

Colin
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Colin

Which song is your favorite, then?

Hada
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Hada

SEBASTIAN: “There’s something comfortably adorable about the chemistry between Alfred and Amaia… Almost reminiscent of Salvador Sobral’s final performance with Luisa last year” Dude, RTVE’s totally, 100% trying to recreate the Salvador-Luísa thing in the most calculated and manufactured way. I’m still rooting for it tho, Almaia have great chemistry and the song is magical. Also, many people are like, “but what about latin vibes?” Believe, there’s nothing more latin than the love ballad and the telenovela. Just because it’s not other countries’ idea of what should be latin doesn’t mean it isn’t latin. I do see Spain with a… Read more »

Sabrina
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Sabrina

One thing that must be said about tonight’s final is that there will be a 2nd round with the 3 best voted songs. So if Aitana, Alfred or Amaia (they really like names starting with A on Operación Triunfo, ahn?) get there with 2 songs, this could be trouble for them.

I think “Tu Canción” will win. Besides the “Almaia” effect, almost everyone has it on their top 5. But the nature of the top 3 can shake things up. Anyway, let’s see how things will work on the live gala.

Héctor
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Héctor

I’m really excited for tonight’s show. I think it is going to be the best in years, not only because the quality of these songs, but in terms of technical issues and staging. No more shame and failures about that this year! My top 5: 1. Aitana – “Arde” (8.5/10) 2. Almaia – “Tu Canción” (8.5/10) 3. Miriam – “Lejos de tu Piel” (7.5/10) 4. AitAna – “Lo Malo” (7/10) 5. Alfred – “Que nos sigan las luces” (6.5/10) or Ana – “El Remedio” (6.5/10) The superfinal will most probably be: Almaia’s “Tu Canción”, Aitana’s “Arde” and AitAna’s “Lo Malo”.… Read more »

@EugeneESCUK
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Nice selection from Spain this year and they have managed to find a WOW song this year. Spain should get their best placing since 8th in 2003. Amaia and Alfred will no doubt recreate the magic created by The Common Linnets in 2014. The world is in love with love at the moment and these two romantic youngsters will capture the hearts of Europe. Could it win? Too early to say with so many songs to come, but why not with it being next door in Portugal too? Amaia is Spain’s secret weapon, what a find. Tu Canción is a… Read more »

southern
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southern

Lo Malo has to win! Quality!

AzeriChico
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AzeriChico

My favourites are “Arde”, “Al cantar”, “Tu cancion” and “Magia”. I would be happy with any of these four songs winning tonight. Go Spain! 😀

Bar??
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Bar??

I don’t know who Lukas is but when taking a look at the rankings hopelessly, I bumped into his Top 5. Finally, someone who does not ignore Miriam’s song!!! Moreover, my ranking is also exactly the same! I liked your taste of music 🙂

Mako
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Mako

Aitana singing ‘Arde’ would be the best choice for Spain to send to Portugal

Others are so cliché of what people musically expect from Spain : love ballad, reggaeton music etc. Just no. Aitana is different and original, she has to represent Spain

Mako
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Mako

But i love ‘Lejos de tu piel’ y ‘Tu canción’ anyway

irish esc
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irish esc

i love lo malo so much but i also love tu cancion and alfreads song on his own if one of them wins i am happy bunny as they are all special in their own way : )

mariahdeservedbetter
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mariahdeservedbetter

well Lo Malo could be the best option ?

DennisG
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DennisG

At firts, I didn’t like any song, now I love ‘Al Cantar’ by Amaia. This song is growing on me. Please Spain, send that masterpiece!

Rafa
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Rafa

If you like the song, I’ll send you links from the song composer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEsBFdQXx2A
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYyKuLV8A_c

Vítor Jardim
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Vítor Jardim

Lo Malo will slay! From zero to heroe! 😀
Those girls rocks tottally! <3 <3 #AitanaWay

sam
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sam

ugh al cantar, arde, tu cancion, and lejos de tu piel are all so good… everyone is underrating this selection. i would be happy with any of those winning

togravus
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togravus

As on so many occasions I agree with Kristin. “Al cantar” is the best option by quite a mile imo. Alas, I don’t see the song taking the trophy tonight, which will probably go to “Tu canción” (a bit too sweet imo). I hope that the Spanish won’t think: “They are all so nice. Let’s send all of them to Lisbon.” and vote for the awful “Camina”.
Buena suerte!

Kris
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Kris

I like Puerto Rico!!
Oh wrong country is it? Sorry

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

Puerto Rico’s music industry is the hottest in the world right now, producing hits left and right, Spain should take notes from them!

Dalm
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Dalm

You don’t have any idea of what kind of music we listen to here in Spain. It’s very different the Spanish music and the Latin music

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

Your current #1 is Echame la culpa by Luis Fonsi, a Puerto Rican. Before that you had Sensualidad by Bad Bunny at #1–a Puerto Rican. The #1 before that was Criminal by Natti Natasha–who’s from the Dominican Republic. Then there was Bailame by Nacho, a Venezuelan. Mayores by Becky G was #1 before that, and she’s Mexican. A Colombian, J Balvin, had the Spanish #1 before Mayores. And before that it was Despacito by the Puerto Rican Luis Fonsi. The #1 before Despacito was by Colombian artist, Shakira. Before her Sebastian Yatra was #1, and he’s Colombian. The last time… Read more »

Luz
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Luz

This is the only thing I agree with you among all of your posts. I’m originally from Puerto Rico and yes, our music industry is on fire right now. Yesterday, Despacito was the first song performed entirely in Spanish in the US Grammys. Quite the accomplishment and we Puerto Ricans are very proud of Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee. However, as Dalm says, Latin music is very different from Spaniard music. The one thing that has disappointed me from some Spaniard eurofans is their hypocrisy and disdain of songs like El Remedio and Lo Malo possibly representing Spain. They very… Read more »

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

A song by a Spanish artist hasn’t topped the Spanish singles chart in a year and a half, so I guess they do enjoy Latinos more than their own artists! 😀

Dani
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Dani

It seems like you only look at latin artists and their positions on the Spotify tops playlist.
But in the begining of the year Malu was in the top of the chart. During OT was Leiva with La llamada. And many more.
Enrique Iglesias hasn’t been the only one since 2016.