So they came dead last in both jury votes and televotes, and only escaped last place because of a bizarre quirk of this year’s voting system. So the song was slammed as boring by the Wiwi Jury and generally poorly received across the ESC Fan Community. So the staging may have been a little uninspiring. So what?
El Sueño Morfeo were hard done by in Malmö. They’re a seasoned act that have been together for over 10 years and have notched up dozens of hits on the Spanish Charts and in the wider Spanish-speaking world, including a Number One with ‘Nunca volverá’. The problem in Sweden was the song.
‘Contigo Hasta El Final’ was actually a decent song. It combined ESDM’s signature rock and Celtic vibes in a perfect blend of everything they’ve been doing for the past ten years. The problem is, I think, that was a little jarring for Europe. You think of Spain, you think of castanets – not bagpipes. Asturias is hardly Spain’s most advertised region since it rains a lot there and isn’t, as a result, all that attractive for one of Spain’s main industries: tourism. The Asturian sound just didn’t connect with Europe. It didn’t seem Spanish, bluntly. A real shame if you consider the ESC to be about promoting cultures you don’t see the other 51 weeks of the year.
The staging was not the most inspired. The bagpipe and guitar solos were nice enough, and Raquel’s yellow dress and headdress were certainly eye-catching in a Cleopatra-way, but there wasn’t sparkle. There was however the insanely cute lantern skit, which I felt was a gorgeous and heartfelt moment. Something I didn’t see from anyone else that night. Least all of Emmelie making eyes at her flute player, and not because of his dodgy haircut. No glass boxes, no giants, no gimmicks – this was just a sweet little fairytale from Asturias.
Unfortunately sweet and little got trampled by the giant, the flute player with the dodgy haircut and Farid deciding whether he liked boys or girls (let’s be honest here, the man in the box was his inner gay just waiting to get out).
ESDM have made some fabulous songs over the years, and would have been amazing at ESC with the right song, but ‘Contigo Hasta El Final’ wasn’t ESDM enough. I think if anything, they shied away from going full throttle. The little bit weirded people out – they didn’t understand it. Had they gone full throttle, they’d have won people over a lot better, as they did on their hit from 2007, ‘Para Toda La Vida.’ Because when ESDM go full throttle, the effect is amazing.