Earlier today, the Wiwi Jury— our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — travelled to Andalusia. While we enjoyed some pescaíto frito in a restaurant with amazing views of Doñana, we reviewed the contestants of Objetivo Eurovisión, Spain‘s national final for Eurovision 2016. Today, we share our thoughts on María Isabel “La vida solo es una” (There’s only one life). Did we want to spend the rest of our life next to María Isabel? Read on to find out…
MARÍA ISABEL – “LA VIDA SOLO ES UNA”
“LA VIDA SOLO ES UNA” REVIEWS
Angus: Summer is here! This is the kind of sun-drenched electro-Latin-pop that charts right across Europe and “La vida sólo es una” is lyrically compelling. The key question in setting this apart is how much it relies upon production tricks for finished effect, because there’s no auto-tuning on the Eurovision stage and Maria Isabel will have to carry it home. Vocally this could also do with some diversity as it lags, especially through the bridge and fade at the end.
Antranig: Maria Isabel delivers the perfect combination of authentic Spanish flavour and plenty of fun in the hot summer sun. Considering that it’s summer here in Australia right now, that makes it even more perfect. I was surprised they chose a previously released song but this would be an amazing choice for Spain, sung by a woman with winning experience!
Bernardo: Maria Isabel already has me dancing to “La Vida Solo Es Una”. As an Iberian, it’s impossible not to be conquered by the Latin flavour. Maria, you slay that choreography and you will go to Stockholm, because this is pop-dance-Latin magic. I do want to be “but a millimetre away from you”. Give me life and vocal acrobatics and you have this in the bag.
Deban: The opening bars hold much promise, but this wears off pretty quickly. The production slays, but the ‘la la la’ chorus is rather lame. This entry encapsulates elements that I love and hate at the same time.
Diego: I’m so sorry to say this, but this is what we have to move on from in Spain. Enough of the Spanish-flamenco flavour mixed up with some pre-made electro-pop rhythm. I would be glad to hear another kind of song from her, since she already conquered Junior Eurovision for Spain — the only time we won the junior contest. But this entry doesn’t bring anything new to the adult Eurovision.
Luis: I’m not impressed. I like that María Isabel has kept her freshness and spontaneity, but her song is not strong enough to move to the big leagues of Eurovision. “La vida solo es una” is a summer hit attempt that would have little to do with Stockholm, even if María Isabel could elevate it with the performance. The “nananana” hook is decent, still I’m disappointed. Not that I’m a big fan of hers anyway, but one expects a big banger from a Junior Eurovision winner. This is not it.
Mario: FYI, this song has been on loop ever since its release! It’s everything – upbeat, seductive, mesmerising, commercial but still true to its roots. Maria Isabel does a nice job voguing without being sleazy at all (and that’s hard to achieve these days, y’all), and the choreography is all ready for Eurovision. The music video leaves me desperate for good weather on the beautiful coast, although I’m literally a five-minute walk from similar scenery.
Mikhail: Well produced pop and Latino mix, but something is missing. You should add some flavor to it and then I can call it a candy. Right now it is a lollypop that tastes of water. It does nothing for me and I forget about it the moment it finishes.
Robyn: I like like what’s going on here, a mix of contemporary electro pop with sunny Latino flavours. I wouldn’t want to see the lyrics changed to English – if “El Perdón” could manage to be a massive European hit in 2015, European audiences obviously have no problem with Spanish lyrics if the song is good.
William: Maria Isabel has real soul — and it stands out even amid the pulsating rhythms and tribal drums of “La vida solo es una.” The opening really draws me in and Maria’s sultry sounds and an overriding sense of optimism keep me there. At times I feel like it goes on just a bit too long, but I’m confidant Maria can elevate it during her live performance. We only have one life and I’m ready to live it so long as this song is playing!
In the Spanish Wiwi Jury we have 22 jurors, but only have room for 10 reviews. The remaining 12 scores are below!
The highest and lowest scores are dropped prior to calculating the average score. This is to remove outliers and reduce potential bias. We have removed a low of 4 and a high of 10.