After a heart-stopping Innocents’ Day (that’s the Spanish version of April Fools’ Day), full of fake announcements and jokes, Spain has put the games behind it. Today Spanish broadcaster RTVE finally announced the six acts that will take part in Spain’s National Final for Eurovision 2016. Let the Eurodrama begin! The six hopefuls are: Xuso Jones, Salvador Beltrán, Maverick, María Isabel, Electric Nana and Barei.
We’ll have to wait a bit longer for their songs. They’ll be revealed later in January. We Spaniards like to draw out the excitement!
Spain’s National selection: The Finalists
Murcian singer Xuso Jones was the first act to be revealed. Xuso is a young pop singer who participated in Edurne’s edition of Your Face Sounds Familiar. He will sing an “international and emotional” song composed by Andreas Örhn and Peter Boström, the composer of “Euphoria”, “Amanecer” and “Popular”.
In his presentation video, which you can see here, Xuso says that he is keen to feel the heat of the Eurovision stage, and that his song is “powerful” and “danceable” and that Spain has never sent something like this to the contest.
Salvador Beltrán is the first surprise act of the morning. This young Catalan-Andalusian singer is going to sing a song he wrote alongside Miguel Ángel Arenas ‘Capi’. With his entry ‘Días de alegría’ (Days of happiness), Salva wants to showcase the “happy nature of the Spaniards” in an optimist tune.
Salvador says that it’s his first try at Eurovision, but that he “respects and admires” all the participants and likes that the contest has had a “spectacular” level in the past years.
Maverick will bring the Latin flavour to Eurovision! He is a young singer from Castellón who wants to get Europe up from their seats. With a song penned by popular “Electro Latino” artists Juan Magán, DCS and Luiggi Giuseppe Olivares, Maverick will try to elevate the temperature in cold Stockholm.
María Isabel, Spain’s only winner of Junior Eurovision (in 2004), is also aiming for Stockholm! The 20-year old singer form Huelva is ready to take her second Eurovision crown in May. She will compete with a song written by David Santisteban.
Better dead than plain, y’all! María Isabel is determined to fly the Spanish flag in Stockholm with a “fresh and danceable” song. Will it have some resemblance to her JESC hit? We’ll know in a few days!
Going indie! Electric Nana is the fifth act announced. She rose to fame in 2011 after collaborating with famous producer Carlos Jean on the hit “Lead the way”, and now she’s back with a self-penned song in English!
Nana says she hasn’t missed a single Eurovision all her life and now she wants to hit the stage with a fun and happy song with a rebel spirit.
Barei was the last act revealed. Born Bárbara Reyzábal, she hails from Barcelona and will compete with a song she wrote with Rubén Villanueva and Víctor Púa Vivó. The tune will be a “very current pop song with an electronic base”.
Barei has been singing for over 15 years. During her early career, she used to cover songs from Laura Pausini, Lara Fabian and Christina Aguilera. She won the Festival de Benidorm when she was only 18 (a kind of Spanish version of Sanremo) and she’s been singing in Miami for years. She picked up some Latino influences there and developed a more international pop style by the time she returned to Spain, inspired by artists like Sia, Michael Jackson or Stevie Wonder.
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