Hola mi amigos! Last night the Wiwi Jury—our in-house panel of music unprofessionals—traveled to Barcelona to chow down on tapas and to review La Dama’s song Estrella Fugaz. That means “Shooting Star” in English. Do we want La Dama in our musical universe? Or are we happy for this star to shoot out of our sky? Read on to find out…
Angus: This starts out so strong and dark and mysterious and then it just goes into dance banger territory. Boring.
Padraig: Amidst all the ballads, La Dama really stands out amongst this year’s Spanish contenders. But while she brings a nice injection of energy to the national final, I can’t see her making it to Denmark. Typically, there are 2 genres of EDM at Eurovision – classy electro-pop a la Loreen and Margaret Berger, and dance floor belters a la Ryan Dolan and Hannah Mancini. La Dama falls into the latter. And as Estrella Fugaz is weaker than both Only Love Survives and Straight Into Love, things don’t bode well when you consider the 2013 results.
Deban: Taking on the Electroshock flavour of Kate Ryan, and many other ESC contemporaries, La Dama cranks up this EDM track, and sprinkles on a Latin beat. I love it! It’s the sort of song that’d pack out the Euroclub, and has the potential to drum an impact in Ibiza. Will it win? Perhaps debatable, but it sure deserves a bundle of remixes.
Wiwi: La Dama is The Lady—and this Lady can dance! She can also bring joy to the most sullen soul, and make a lethargic blogger like me want to get up and move. La Dama brings some much-needed energy to a field of ballads, so I applaud her and raise my hands to the sky and shout Estrella Fugaz. I don’t speak Spanish, but I feel like La Dama is telling us an electro-dance story. I’m going to be reading this all night at Euro Club.
Katie: This one is nice. I had a feeling it would be forgettable as it began as a non-English ballad, but the chorus adds a lot of variety to the song, stopping it from becoming boring. It’s not the best song in the Spanish selection, and I can’t see it winning. Despite this, it’s still a good song and La Dama is a talented singer.
Sami: It’s not the best song we’ve heard from this genre, but it’s a nice try. It sounds a little cheap and we have heard this a thousand times before and that’s why I hope Spain doesn’t choose this. I like how it starts as beautiful ballad, but the chorus is the best part of it and I’m sure Eurovision fans would love to hear this at Euroclub. But no, this wouldn’t do well at Eurovision at all.
Anthony: So La Dama becomes La Dance-a, or basically a dance entry if you didn’t get the whole pun. “Estrella fugaz” takes me back to the dance music of the 00s, and in a good way. Although this entry sits right in my comfort zone, some Eurovision fans may find this a tad generic.
Zach: I like that there’s a dance club song in between the powerhouse vocal and not so powerhouse vocal ballads, but I don’t think it’s going to win. It’s dance ready for certain, but her vocals aren’t that attention getting, and despite the upbeat Latin flare, I got kind of bored with it after the first chorus. If sent, she might be able to crack the top 15, but probably not. Maybe with some vocal reworking it could shine, but right now it’s middle of the road for me.
Daphne: I really have no idea what’s going on here. This is normally my type of music. But everything about the song just seems messy to me. I have the feeling that this is either the mix of two songs, or that tiny pieces of multiple songs were thrown in the melting pot, in the hope something good came out. Five points for her voice, which saves the song a little bit.
Patrick: This is could be a real stunner on the stage. The transition from ballad to dance makes this an absolute hit. Sadly there’s also the dubstep part which ruins the song. She has a great voice and if her vocals are that good live she could have a shot to win the Spanish selection.
Wiwi Jury Verdict: 6.45/10
1. Brequette (9.10)
2. Ruth Lorenzo (7.30)
3. Jorge González (7.15)
4. La Dama (6.45)
5. Raul (5.7)
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