Ya está aquí… Over the past week, the team at wiwibloggs has been reviewing Spain’s contenders for Objetivo Eurovisión, its national selection show, which will take place tonight at 22:15 CET. The team has been delighted with Spain’s National Final, making it only the second selection after Belgium in which none of the acts have received an average score lower than 5/10 from our exacting and demanding jury. But in this strong field one act has slayed the pack and emerged as our favourite to sing at Eurovision 2016. It’s Barei with the song “Say Yay”.
Our jury for this edition consisted of 22 jurors who come from Austria, Australia, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Finland, Georgia, Hungary, Italy, Morocco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States. Each juror assessed each song independently, and awarded them a score from 0 to 10. Before calculating the Wiwi Jury verdict, we dropped the highest and lowest scores to reduce potential bias and outliers.
We’re screaming yaaaaaaaaay! as Barei is our favourite to win Objetivo Eurovisión. You can read our full reviews by clicking on the scores below. Do you agree with us? Let us know in the comments section!
1. BAREI – “SAY YAY!” (8.08)
The best: (Josh, 10/10) How good is this, though? “Say Yay” makes me want to say YAAASSSS, hunty! Barei has a powerful vocal that has that Sia-esque crackly-ness that is just sublime. The song is catchy, memorable and danceable. Perhaps the best song that Spain has put out in a national final in years. SO. GOOD.
The worst: (Angus, 4/10) Say yay? Imma pass and say nay. This is like a Hi-NRG aerobics song – great to work out to, but you’d never listen to it outside the studio and once the music is over you hit the deck exhausted. This is just a little overboard. Knowing when to cut back can be a virtue.
2. MARÍA ISABEL – LA VIDA SOLO ES UNA (7.2)
The best: (Bernardo, 10/10) 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” as the lyrics say. Give me life and vocal acrobatics and you have this in the bag.
The worst: (Luis, 4/10) 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.
3. XUSO JONES – VICTORIOUS (7.15)
The best: (Sinan, 10/10) Someone said that this song is similar to ‘Heroes’, are you serious?! I mean I don’t see anything similar. It’s just an amazing song for me! The beat, lyrics, voice – love, love, love everything, and that part where he sings in Spanish is just great. Spain really needs “Victorious” in Eurovision this year!
The worst: (Rezo, 5/10) Yes, this song is an excellent choice for the national final but not for Eurovision. By the way, it’s similar to “Glorious” by Cascada. We’ve already heard it. But I really liked the combination of English and Spanish.
4. MAVERICK – UN MUNDO MÁS FELIZ (5.9)
The best: (Angus, 9.5/10) “Un Mundo Más Feliz” is to me the best song in the competition — it has shades of the calypso styling that made “Bailando” and “El Perdon” such megahits and Maverick’s vocal has a soft tone that has seen real success at the contest itself. It may be a less obvious smash but that might be exactly what Spain needs this year.
The worst (William, 3/10) A stereotypical take on “Spanish” music, this reminds me of the trash they play at dive bars on the Costa del Sol, where you can get two margaritas for free if you buy one. Decidedly predictable and vanilla for an artist called “Maverick,” it’s easily my least favourite song in Spain’s selection.
5. ELECTRIC NANA – “NOW” (5.73)
The best: (Diego, 9/10) Here she comes: the sexy alternative rocker girl to turn the contest upside down. No country for dated songs, y’all! I wasn’t sure whether I wanted Electric Nana’s indie-rock style to wipe out every single trace of old-fashioned Spanish acts from years past, but … I kinda like it now. Sadly, being forced to have part of the lyrics in Spanish sounds really cringy to me.
The worst (Sami, 2/10) She sounds like a real rock chick, but the song is such a let down. The chorus is extremely annoying, even though it’s easy to sing along with and therefore makes the song at least a bit memorable. However, the whole song feels a bit lazy and being only a bit over two minutes, it feels like they didn’t bother to actually even finish the track but sent a demo version to the contest and hoped for the best.
6. SALVADOR BELTRÁN – DÍAS DE ALEGRÍA (5.35)
The best: (Robyn, 6.5/10) The first verse of this song is quite meandering and old-fashioned sounding (despite the modern folk-pop flourishes). It’s not until the chorus hits that the heat arrives. The songs gets better as it goes on, and does indeed bring the sunshine. Salvador seems like a great performer, so this should be even better live.
The worst: (Angus, 2/10) It’s a bad sign that I keep forgetting this song is even competing in the competition. When the harmonising and backing vocals actually kick in from a minute in it picks up, but at the end of the day this is just filler that will get overlooked on the night by its flashier rivals.