She’s moving her feet, she’s having fun and she’s NOT singing in Spanish.

And on Saturday Barei, Spain’s Eurovision 2016 singer, cosied up to wiwibloggserPadraig for a chat in English.

The 34-year-old beauty worked an edgy, off-duty model look while telling us about her song, her dance and her plans for Stockholm.

Barei at Riga Pre-Party 2016

Barei explained that her dance routine came to her pretty spontaneously during one of the first rehearsals with the song.

She also told us about her journey from independent artist to signing with Universal Music — and she doesn’t plan to record a Spanish-language version of her song.

“[It] wouldn’t fit my style”, she says, punctuating her comments by quoting Taylor Swift: “haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate”.

We were curious how Barei — real name Bárbara Reyzábal González-Aller — came up with her stage name. Apparently her friends called her Barbie, but as a doll can’t compare to this year’s Spanish artist, she played with the letters and that’s how you get Barei.

As for her performance at the Riga event, Barei totally slayed as you can see below.

 

‘Hovitches’ on Periscope

After the show ended, Barei teamed up with her new besties Hovi Star, IVAN and Ira Losco— a group who one fan called the ‘Hovitches’ — and did a hilarious Periscope live from the airport, where they waited for their flight to Moscow’s Eurovision Party.

In this glorious video, we can see Barei dancing reggaeton, Hovi singing Kylie Minogue, IVAN going Katy Perry and the quote of the year:

“My friends call me bitch” – Hovi Star.

It was 01.00 CET, but we at wiwibloggs were awake and couldn’t get enough of it, so here you have a link to watch or revisit.

Are you trying hard to master Barei’s dance moves? Let us know below!

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Miguel
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Miguel

@GermanQR Go figure. Firstly, she was almost “crucified” for being the first representative using no one single spanish word in her song, after 60 years of spanish entries. HSP (Half Spain) should be the Eurovision’s acronym for my country this year. A substantial part of our population is against this woman for no other reason than staying true to her music “roots” (Black music, Soul, Funk) She has never used any kind of influence to find her place in the spanish music industry. 15 years of going through the shadows. Call it believing in yourself, I guess. This is what… Read more »

Elisa
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Elisa

Can you ask Barei to sing “Campanera” in the next interview with wiwiblogs in Amsterdam? Pleasee, it’s a flamenco spanish song, it’s very funny

GermanQR
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GermanQR

Nice girl from a staggeringly wealthy Madrid family. I can’t imagine the scorn dumped on her from her family members.

There is something to be said about people who do not draw on family connections for success. She’s 34 now, a talented composer and performer and a complete newcomer to Spain’s musical landscape. She made it on her own even if she never went hungry, and that is commendable.

Dinoh
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Dinoh

OMG! I love Barei and Hovi, the Hamonas! Please wiwibloggs can you do a interview with Hovie and Barei together?

For now they have the best interviews, they seem very natural and divas. I’m disappointed with Sergey, I saw him really overacting and his song without dancers would be very boring and typical.

Izzy
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Wiwibloggs, this is the youtube link of the Periscope of Hotviches, Barei is so funny and lovely :3. She’s the best of this Eurovision year!

https://youtu.be/hyiTkPbJAqc

TroncoLoco
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TroncoLoco

We spaniards have been blessed with Barei, no matter the result.

Héctor
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Héctor

Yes, Barei said in Spain that the staging will be somehow structured in three stages related to three different emotions. Maybe Wiwiblogss could ask her to explain this in the next pre-party interview.

Lindau
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Lindau

The music final part is like riding your “confidence” horse and crashing your problems all the way with your hooves. Listen to it.

Das ist Super Musik!

Luisito
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Luisito

She already hinted in an interview that it will be a 3 different emotion staging and the feet dance is just complementary to one of these three emotions.

She’s hiding everything so secretly. 🙂

Will be fun to see.

oli
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oli

I met her in Riga and she’s the sweetest person ever! very nice and down-to-earth. and the only one (beside Ira) that made the public show some emotion…
she was very modest about his chances of a victory but promised us to give her best. I hope she does well in Stockholm, realy cool singer

Frans23
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Frans23

Spain in my opinion desrve to win this year, is the most energetic, positive, modern,fresh and actual,

El Rosario de Raquel
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Hay un refran Espanol que dice…”que hablen mal o bien de mi, pero que se hable” es lo que importa…cuanto mas se publicite esta chica mejor sera, para su proyecto, ella parece tenerlo claro.

Werner
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Werner

That’s what I believed from the start. This is more than a song. Many people getting fooled with the footstep “hey! this is Malta’12 Kurt Calleja’s copy” (as if he invented this footstep, it really comes from the 90’s) “simple lyrics” “childish” and other clueless comments. Spain is playing the same card that people bought in 2014, 2015 to select their winners. I personally believe Heroes and Rise Like a Phoenix weren’t the best songs, but they were the purest messages. Strong meanings very related to the problems that our societies are suffering in our times. Some people will say… Read more »

IvanM.
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IvanM.

It’s really funny to read people all time attaching importance to the english lyrics fact. We’ve sung in Spanish 60 years and nobody voted for us. Starts to be important now? Was not enough important before?

I can’t understand the drama and the CAPITAL letters …