Who said Eurodrama was over? Massiel, the first Spanish winner of the Eurovision Song Contest, has praised Barei‘s singing skills, but she has also criticised her decision to sing in English in Stockholm. On the other side, last year’s entrant Edurne has said she supports Barei’s choice 100%.
Barei – Say Yay (in English) in Objetivo Eurovisión
Say Nay! Massiel’s reaction
In an interview with news agency Europa Press, Massiel said that it’s not that she doesn’t like the song and the singer. In fact, she has said that Barei is “a great artist” who “sings very well”, and that her song reminds her of Adele. Twelve points to anyone who finds any similarity between them. Seriously, other than the language, I can’t think of anything.
Massiel’s argument stems from a typical, almost tired complaint: “we have a language spoken by 500 million people in the world, why do we have to sing in English?” She says that the Spanish language is a rich one. So let me use it to describe the feelings that her opinion generates: cansancio, aburrimiento, tedio, hartura, hartazgo, hastío, pesadez, sopor, desgana,…
May I remind you that Massiel promoted the Spanish language in 1968 with a song composed of two verses and 126 mentions of the word “La”.
Massiel – La La La
Apparently, Massiel’s disapproval responds to the fact that Spain is celebrating the Cervantes year, in honour of the 400 anniversary of the death of Spain’s most distinguished writer, and author of Don Quixote de la Mancha.
Considered the father of Spanish literature, there are numerous activities throughout the country this year to honour his memory, and so, it’s kinda weird that the country isn’t using one of the major shows in the world to promote its language. I have to admit that this year’s excuse for the anti-English rant is better than ever, but still…
ALASKA CHIMES IN
Alaska, one of Spain’s most famous singers, who also hosted Spain’s 2009 national final (yes, this hot mess), followed up with criticism of her own. Alaska said that she considered singing in English is “stupid” because “she is a girl from the 20th century where every country sang its national language”. Perhaps owing to that, she doesn’t yet realise that Barei is taking the 21st century by storm.
Say yay! Edurne’s reaction
Thankfully the tigress has spoken. Edurne says she loves Barei’s decision to sing in English, precisely because Spain has never sent a song entirely in that language. “Why not try? Maybe we get a better placing singing in English!” the singer commented.
Edurne singing “Amanecer” (in Spanish) at Eurovision
While Edurne decided to perform her song in Spanish in Vienna, the tigress has been more supportive of Barei’s language choice than any other singer.
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