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.

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Alex
Alex
6 years ago

She had a great voice live, and it was a bit unfortunate that they sent her with that song. I mean, it was pleasant for a one-time performance, but there were far better songs that night. 50 points seemed like the right amount for that song, but 3rd last (23rd) was just the regrettable result of the strong competition. (Texas Lightning got 36 points in 2006 and finished 14th, with only 6 fewer countries in the competition total…)

paco
6 years ago

Ella es buena cantante,unos de los mejores directos de ESC 2011,La cancion tipo Portugal 2014

Mario Espinola
Mario Espinola
6 years ago

I am one of the few who thinks the song is better than her. I don’t like her at all as an artist. No thanks.

Just being honest
Just being honest
6 years ago

I read that she was the early favorite in the national selection. When she got chosen, there were several really good songs that she presented but in the end the winning entry was that cheap dance track and boy did the Spanish protest!

Deniz@TurkNL
6 years ago

I actually really liked the song

Tom
Tom
6 years ago

This song is absolute garbage, but I’d like to see her return with a song she cares about.

Mikay
Mikay
6 years ago

Well I loved Que Me Quiten Lo Bailao and it happened to be my second favourite song at Eurovision 2011.. after Haba, Haba of course!

D
D
6 years ago

I’m still hoping for Brequette to be internally selected.

Jamaraqueer
Jamaraqueer
6 years ago

Shame about the song. Good voice on her!

Hebbuzz
Hebbuzz
6 years ago

She’s good at Eurovision parties (yes please!) , but rather no come back ESC artists. 😛