Back in 2011, Lucía Pérez performed “Que Me Quiten Lo Bailao” at Eurovision. The song translates as, “You can’t take the fun away from me!” Except for Lucia you could. You see, it was no secret that Lucía hated that number, which, as part of Spain’s national selection, she was forced to sing. Televoters and jurors threw this cheap dance number at her—and we’ve associated her with crazed dancing and pina coladas ever since.
In the current issue of Shangay magazine, Lucía, who recently relesaed her debut album, talks about the song, Ruth Lorenzo, Conchita Wurst and more. You can read some of the highlights below, and you can read the entire interview by clicking here.
On her time at Eurovision:
The experience was positive. When you live Eurovision you realize how big it is. When people talk lightly about the festival it’s because they have not experienced it live. I don’t know why, but I lived the year more intensely than others. I was very excited and melancholy.
On singing that song:
I felt so much going to Eurovision, which is a once in a lifetime opportunity, with a song that was not my style. The song was handed to me. I could not say anything—it was my only choice and I accepted it. But I would not have competed with that style. Now I’m presenting my first album after Eurovision, and here there are much more appropriate songs, like ‘Después de ti’ , with which I would have felt more at ease. I wish I could go back.
On Eurovision 2014:
I knew that Conchita Wurst would do well. It was a very attractive bet. I thought it was great for her to win, but because it’s a good song with a great performer. That someone with a power image won was good, and not only for the gay community but for the festival. What’s bad, though, is that more was said about the appearance than what was important.