She’s one of Spain’s most beloved songstresses, having given Spain their best Eurovision result since Beth’s 2003 hit “Dime” with her unforgettable number “Quedate Conmigo”.
And now — following years of Spanish euro-dramas, intrigue and even a televised punch-up — Pastora Soler has spoken out about Spain’s checkered Eurovision history.
She earned more points than Edurne, Manel Navarro and Amaia & Alfred combined….so when she speaks it’s very wise to listen.
In a recent interview in ‘El Periódico‘, Pastora had one clear message: avoid unnecessary controversy.
“If we continue like this, no one will want to participate”
Pastora kept it real, making it clear she didn’t approve of all the drama that surrounded her Eurovision performance — or that of her colleagues before and after her.
“I don’t think [that amount of controversy] is something that benefits us in our participation in the contest. If we continue like this, no one will want to participate [in Eurovision for Spain].”
From accusations that Spain’s delegation didn’t do enough work in Lisbon to Alfred’s colourful gift to Amaia, Spain wasn’t immune during this cycle. But thankfully the artists remained largely above it all. As they said at the time: “We’re here to sing our song. That’s the best thing we can do and why we’re here.”
Pastora speaks from experience. As you’ll recall, during her year there were accusations that the Spanish broadcaster told her not to win because they wouldn’t be able to afford the contest.
As she told El Periódico: “There’s so much pressure. I felt that in my year. Everything was analysed and criticised. “[Tu Canción]” was a beautiful song and they did a good job. We should be proud.”
Pastora’s album “La Calma” and most recent single “Ni Una Más”
Her newest album — “La Calma (The Calm)” — proves that she’s more than ready to keep creating music. “Every day I feel stronger and more confident,” she says. “The audience proved it to me with their affection.”
“When doing my first concert I didn’t know how I would feel myself again on the stage. It’s been three years of no live appearances and that was an important moment for me to meet again the artist I am and the audience,” she says. “I have so much respect for the public. I’m not interested in them having an idealised picture of me.”
Eleven songs compose her eleventh studio album. “La Calma” melds a catchy melody anddeep emotions— the hallmark of her music all these years. But a taste of the new Pastora comes in songs like “Vuelves a la vida” or “La Tormenta” — both composed by Tony Sánchez-Ohlsson and Thomas G:Son, the men behind her hit Eurovision entry. Once again the mix the best of Swedish pop and Latin fire. Her newest single “Ni Una Más” is — according to many fans — the song of the album! Voice, pop and emotion!
“Estrella” brings the album home. It’s not just the last song, but also the one dedicated to her daughter – who – if you listen ’till the end, you will be able to hear! She is so cute!
Pastora will continue touring around Spain this summer. From Malaga to Merida, the Spanish singer will reward everyone who attends her concerts with her amazing talent. Click here to check out all the remaining shows!
Her latest concert actually took place today at Barcelona’s “Festival Jardins de Pedralbes” — a project that started six years ago in order to merge music, nature and the city in a unique environment located in the city centre.
This year’s edition sees not only Pastora Soler, but also Salvador Sobral, who will be performing on July 5th.
What do you think about Pastora’s new single? Do you agree that the endless euro-drama hurts Eurovision in Spain? Tell us in the comments section below!