Hola! Diga! And welcome back to Eurovision, Spain! Today, timed with the Eurovision Creative Forum in Berlin, RTVE confirmed its participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016. They posted this photo of Federico Llnao — the head of Spain’s Eurovision production — delivering the documentation to Jan Ola Sand on the RTVE web site.
If Spain were going to pull out of Eurovision, it certainly wouldn’t have been in 2016! As all you Eurofans know, Spain suffers in odd years but soars in even ones. In 2011, 2013 and 2015 Spain placed 23rd, 25th place and 21st place, while in 2010, 2012 and 2014 it came 15th, 10th and 10th. The latest iteration of the so-called “odd-year curse” came in Vienna when Edurne, a strong fan favourite, failed to live up to expectations. Don’t blame her. Blame the mysterious lunar calendar forces that sabotage our friends in Iberia! (Okay, or maybe just bad camera angles).
Who will sing for Spain?
There are countless Spanish artists we would love to see on the big stage. Among them is Varry Brava, who we featured on our recent Wednesday Wishlist. Here’s what we had to say:
Spanish summer festivals are well known throughout Europe. FIB, Arenal Sound, BBK… they’re all full of drunk Europeans who just want some fun and lively tunes. Because, of course, there’s much more to Spain than toreros and flamencas. We need to go for it, and Varry Brava may be the best bet. Fun, fresh, happy-clappy music to cheer up the audience and the viewers between endless ballads, these fast beats are what Europe craves. The group has been on the go for five years now and they are a recurring name on festival posters. They are more than experienced and would most definitely rock the boat in Stockholm, just like they do at Benicàssim. Somebody get me a pint, please!
And what about Catalan artists in Spain? Well we have a list of our favourites for them too.
Photo: Eurovision.tv (EBU)