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.

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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.

 

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criticca
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criticca

They need to do another national song selection show so that they can rehearse and trial the stage performance of their ESC entry. I think with Ruth in 2013, the Spanish team seemed more prepared and knew what to change & deliver during the grand-finals. This year though, its like they tried to keep everything under-wraps and held Edurne in a Spanish dungeon. When ESC day finally came, there was no hype surrounding her song from international fanbase.

Pastora Soler haha!
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Pastora Soler haha!

I’M SICK AND TIRED of “toros, flamenco, olee” as only things about Spain.

I’m Spanish, and ohh woww, i’ve never seen a bull (and i’m not interested, thanks).

Of course i don’t have flamenco music in my house all day. Not me and not most of Spaniards… It’s just a kind of music in ONE region of Spain, and of course not all people of that region like it.

Sorry, but is really annoying hear the same stupid things always.

Daniel
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Daniel

Yay for Spain. Just dont send another song like Amanecer

paco
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Gracias wiwiblogg por poner esta imagen tan bella de nuestra EDURNE.realmente preciosa imajen

Darugula
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Darugula

Jorge Gonzalez should sing for Spain. Homeboy was my favorite for 2014 along with Ruth Lorenzo in the Spanish National Final.

DR
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DR

I hope that countries don’t follow the idea of going with a pop ballad. This happens every year. Countries copy the winner. After Lordi, waves of rock songs flooded Helsinki. After Rybak, there was load of string instruments. After Lena, loads of pop songs was beaten by a balad. After Conchita’s Balad, a pop song beat the balad overload. It’s happened for years. 1982 was full of gimmicky dance routines because of Bucks Fizz’s skirt ripping, leaving the door open to a refreshing Ballad by Nicole. Spain could go for up beat pop song, and it might do well, considering… Read more »

Deniz@TurkNL
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Churros for everybody .. That was a brilliant description!

Well, about the confirmation. No countries have withdrawed yet. So I am very happy with that. And I hope Spain wins for once, an Eurovision in Spain would be cool!

#AfterAmanecer
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#AfterAmanecer

Hope they will pick a good song. 🙂

jr esc nl
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jr esc nl

Spain is the 30th country confirming to participate , up to the 40!

lol
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lol

come on serbia