Your weekly dose of Spanish Eurodrama is here! Boyband Auryn, who took part in Destino Eurovisión 2011 and almost took the Spanish flag to Eurovision 2011 in Düsseldorf, have announced that they’re splitting up.
**reader scratches head** “erm… should I know them?”
Well, you should. When it comes to potential Eurovision candidates, they are one of Spain’s biggest-ever fanwanks and a permanent fixture of the “Who should represent Spain next year?” videos. They were big, and now they’re going solo. But let’s dive a bit deeper into Auryn (figuratively, for the moment).
AURYN – Volver at Destino Eurovision
The Spanish four-piece rose to fame after Destino Eurovisión 2011. They didn’t win, but their power ballad “Volver” made an impression among the youngest viewers. They’ve said many times that the day after the selection, there was a group of fans waiting for them at the door of their hotel.
That was the beginning of a music phenomenon. They’ve managed to stay active and produce pretty decent music since then. I’m not into boybands at all, so that says a lot. Here’s one of their post Eurovision hits, “Don’t give up my game”.
AURYN – Don’t give up my game
But the Auryn rollercoaster had only just begun at the Eurovision selection.
In five years, they’ve released four albums and more than ten singles. The vast majority of them were in English, something quite rare on the Spanish music scene. They’ve also recorded the Spanish soundtrack for the Disney films ‘Wreck-it Ralph’ and ‘Capture the flag’. Que les quiten lo bailao.
Would it have been the same if they had gone to Eurovision?
It’s difficult to say if they would have become as big as they were if Auryn had beaten Lucía Pérez and gone to ESC. While the Spanish songstress and her firework plane landed in 23rd place at Eurovision 2011, the guys started a tour across Spain and later saw their debut album ‘Endless Road, 7058’ score huge commercial success.
Auryn – Make my day
Auryn themselves have an answer to this question.
In an interview with El Periódico last year, Carlos, one of the members, said that he would “give back every euro people had invested in voting for Lucía Pérez”.
“The public gave us life when they didn’t choose us for Eurovision,” he said.
Hold your horses. They’re not bashing Eurovision. They went on to explain that if they had been chosen to take the stage in Düsseldorf, they would probably have been signed by a major label and wouldn’t have had the freedom to choose the music they wanted to sing.
Auryn – Heartbreaker
It’s a reasonable point, but do you think it would have been so? Would Auryn have become so big if they had taken part in Eurovision? And how do you think they’d have fared? Better than Lucía? We want to hear your opinions, so feel free to comment below!