The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — needed some tanning time, so we caught the high speed AVE to Madrid and then took to the gorgeous Campo del Moro gardens. Kicking back at the Puerta del Sol, we lent our ears to Madrid’s own Edurne and her Eurovision 2015 song for Spain “Amanecer”. Is the Spanish dawn rising or do we forecast an eclipse on the horizon? Read on to find out…
Spain’s Eurovision 2015 song
Reviews: Edurne with “Amanecer”
Zach: And just like that, Spain looks to be in prime shape to break free of their “odd year curse”, and claim their third title in the process. This is my favorite entry of the year! Edurne’s vocals are on point throughout the song and they’ve got a Shakira-like vibe to them. The instrumentals of the song are really amazing, and the little break before the last chorus has me in love. Viva Espana!
Anthony: When I heard that the trio of Thomas G:son, Peter Boström and Tony Sánchez-Ohlsson would compose “Amanecer”, I knew something big was coming from Spain this year. And I was right: The three wise men have combined their talents to frightening effect. “Amanecer” is a dramatic Spanish power ballad and it’s breathtaking. Just as with Ruth Lorenzo in Copenhagen last year, Edurne will nail her live performance for that wow factor.
Angus: The category? Top-five potential. Winner? EDURNE. Iiiiiiieeeeeeoooooooo! “Amanecer” is the bomb and Edurne just slays. This has so much lift and power it carries me to cloud nine, and I only want Edurne to let me down when she swoops into the break and the sirens cry out that her dawn has broken. ¡Aye que fabulosa!
Robyn: At this stage, “Amanecer” isn’t actually doing a lot for me. I can appreciate it in theory, but when I listen to it, I’m left feeling unmoved. All the ingredients are there for amazing, but it just isn’t working. However, I’m not going to write it off yet. There is a very distinct possibility that it will spark to life during the grand final, much like “Quédate conmigo” did in Baku. Until then, I’m cautious but optimistic.
Padraig: In many ways Spain has fallen victim to its own hype. With the possible exception of Armenia, no one else’s PR machine came close. By the day of the song reveal we were expecting a track to match “Euphoria”. In the end we got “Amancer”. But that’s not to say this is a bad entry – anything but! A fierce blonde diva singing an OTT pop ballad about overcoming adversity – what’s not to love? The entry oozes drama, passion and class. Spain’s conveyor belt of Eurovision gems shows no signs of stalling just yet.
Bogdan: In the studio version, Spain’s entry is a killer song. It’s obviously written for Eurovision and I can’t imagine it topping international charts or having any life after May, but I don’t really care about that, as “Amanecer” has something majestic and untouchable about it. Edurne is arguably the most beautiful contestant this year and this will hopefully help her. If she manages to overcome nerves and to iron out all the little imperfections of the live performances we’ve seen so far, she could even surpass her predecessor, who was my favourite last year.
William: When Edurne sings “Amanecer” it makes me believe in God. This song has a spiritual quality that hints at something bigger than us, and it resonates across continents and time. It evokes a tribal feel and would no doubt have appealed to our ancestors on the hunt, just as it appeals to today’s pop enthusiasts. This is unique in the competition yet universal in its feel. Delivered by a Spanih pop princess, I can only say, “All hail!”
Chris: Time to get my claws out for this tigress. “Amanecer” was easily the most overhyped song of the year before its release and even now, months down the line, I have yet to really warm to it. Edurne’s got the star power to give a good performance, but after that, what really is there? A mediocre song that relies on a hook that ultimately isn’t that catchy, especially when compared with the likes of Trijntje. It’s by no means a bad effort, but I’m not feeling this Spanish Fever.
First reaction to “Amanecer”
Deban: Edurne’s profile generates a lot of interest on the continent. She is fabulous, telegenic, and packed with enough star power to drive high ratings in Spain for nearly a decade. Vocally, she is untouchable. “Amanecer”, which is hemmed by some of the finest composers in the industry, is a showpiece and masterclass. When Edurne takes to the stage to deliver her vocals, she’s flawless – dropping an ace card that signifies perhaps the best overall package in this year’s competition.
Mikhail: At first listen I thought “Amancer” was just an average song, not worthy of all the hype. And then my opinion on it shifted from “good” to “brilliant” to “OMG! I love it!” Now I am running around screaming ieeieeee! And it all happened within one hour. It’s simple yet has killer energy. This is a pearl and it’s shining brightly. The sun has definitely risen!
Reaction to live performance
Our jury consists of 29 people, but we only have room for 10 written reviews. Here are the remaining 19 scores.
William C: 8.5/10
To reduce potential bias, we drop the highest and lowest scores prior to calculating the average. We removed a low of 4.5 and a high of 10.