On Sunday, Spain goes to the polls to decide who will be their president for the next four years. But all of us at wiwibloggs know that Spain has a much more important decision ahead: picking their act for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016!
With RTVE announcing the list of contestants in their national final shortly, we’ve made a list of 10 acts that haven’t been rumoured, but that we’d love to see in Stockholm.
Our Spanish wiwibloggers Diego and Luis have each chosen five acts. Find out who made the cut below!
TEN ACTS WE WANT TO SING FOR SPAIN
GENER – “VALENTS”
Gener is a group from Valencia who have been receiving a lot of buzz in recent months. They won big at the Premis Ovidi (think the Valencian VMAs) thanks to their album El temps del llop which roughly translates as ‘The hour of the wolf’ (hi Elnur!) and mix country, experimental, folk and a bit of pop-rock which results in tunes like “Valents”.
FUEL FANDANGO – “NEW LIFE”
The fanwank of any Spanish indie Eurovision fan, Fuel Fandango is just what Europe expects from Spain. They fuse flamenco, contemporary music, English lyrics and Spanish lyrics into fierce tunes such as “New life”. Nita’s copla voice blends perfectly with Alex’s pop sound and it turns the feeling of Andalusian heritage from happy-clappy to serious and interesting. WE NEED THEM, Y’ALL. And not to tempt fate, but they are preparing a new album…
BIGOTT – “CANNIBAL DINNER”
Ever wondered what a musical esperpento is? Take a look/listen. Bigott is the ultimate genius Spain needs. To begin with, he decided to sing in his Zaragozan English because he didn’t like to hear what he sang in Spanish, so it was better not to understand what he was saying. Then we have wonders of the world like “Cannibal Dinner”, which walks the line between piece of art and piece of trash very finely. I’m not sure about my final opinion, but I do know that I want some of that sh*t in Stockholm.
MISS CAFFEINA – “HIELO T”
Miss Caffeina are among Spain’s finest pop-rock bands. Madrid’s answer to The Strokes would bring a solid rock song à la Softengine, which would be Spain’s first attempt in rock music. What better way to do it than with a seasoned band with an intense voice like Alberto’s (the lead singer)?
VARRY BRAVA – “CALOR”
Let’s face it, this is Spain. We need some happy clappy stuff to get Europe in the summer fiesta mood and Varry Brava and “Calor” (Heat) are just made for this. A Murcian pop rock band that creates the perfect atmosphere for a Saturday night party after Eurovision, they would set Spain apart from ay other entry, and that’s exactly the point of a Eurovision song: to wake the audience from their seats and to be remembered when voting opens.
MARÍA VILLALÓN – “DESCALZA”
It might not come as a surprise for many Eurovision fans to see María Villalón among the shortlist of those Spaniards who really want to fly the flag onto the big stage. Since 2007, when María won the first edition of The X Factor Spain, the singer from Ronda in Andalusia has kept on developing her musical career. Spreading her latest and most personal project through her social media profiles under the title El insólito viaje de una gota de lluvia (translated as “The unusual journey of a raindrop”) reaching high levels of popularity, especially with her single “Descalza” (“Barefoot”).
MEY GREEN – “PROUD OF YOU”
Mey Green has already been to Eurovision but been stuck in the shadows singing backup for Pastora Soler, ESDM and Ruth Lorenzo. If those three lines on her CV weren’t enough she’s also spent time covering Eurovision classics including Conchita’s “Rise Like a Phoenix”, Sanna Nielsen’s “Undo” and “Eres tú”, one of the most memorable entries from Spain. She ain’t all about covers though: she also slays up-tempo progressive house songs like “Proud of you”. She doesn’t seem to miss a single note, does she?
DIARIODEVERANO – “NO HAY LUGAR”
It’s not all about sending pop divas and wind machines one after another. What about some alternative pop/rock realness at the Contest? The guys from Diariodeverano could wipe out all prejudices about rock bands on the big stage. Hailing from the rainy coast of Galicia (nothing to do with 2011 Spanish representative, Lucía Pérez, fear not), they know how to give you the shivers, as you can hear from their track “No hay lugar” (“There’s no place”).
VIRGINIA MAESTRO – “MAKE IT ALRIGHT”
Some of you might know Virginia Maestro as the winner of the sixth season Operación Triunfo. For years she’s been working on her own sound, taking influences from 50s and 60s artists like The Beatles, Ray Charles, Eva Cassidy and Janis Joplin, all wrapped up in her sweet high-pitched vocals that might remind you of Duffy. Give her a try with any of her singles, ‘cause y’all are gonna fall in love with this girl’s attitude. Virginia Maestro knows how to make it alright for sure!
ANDRÉS SUÁREZ – “TE DOY MEDIA NOCHE”
Now, enough of rock bands and electro-pop divas for a while; let’s turn the lights down a little bit and feel the mesmerizing sound of Andrés Suárez melodious music. This Galician songwriter has really gone for the emotional and tender side of both broken-hearted and new lovers alike: he might make you smile and cry in the same song, so if any of you are in need of a slow-tempo guitar tune, don’t miss out on his work. Have tissues at the ready though, for all the teardrops you won’t be able to hold back.
Do you agree with our suggestions? Who would you like to have representing Spain in Stockholm? Share your ideas in the comment section!