It’s only October and we have already heard news about Spain’s Eurovision plans from RTVE. Yes, they are pre-empting the rumour mill and laying out the options before the rumours explode like Lucia Perez’s firecracker dance. Miracles exist.
Nothing is concrete yet, but the broadcaster’s Head of Entertainment, Toñi Moreno, has detailed several ways in which the country’s next entrant could be selected.
Speaking to news site Bluper, Prieto said that the broadcaster is considering either an open preselection like in 2016 (Barei) or 2014 (Ruth Lorenzo), or internally selecting one of the winners from The Voice of Spain. But she goes on to say that “they’re open to everything” and that they “don’t close any door”.
The clarity is obviously lacking…but at least they are thinking early this year.
Barei – Say yay! Second rehearsal
Prieto — who fans called on to resign after Barei’s 22nd place — claims that RTVE is keen to select an artist who could bring Spain back to the top. Going against Eurovision fan lore, Ms. Prieto claims that RTVE does want to win, but that “it’s much more difficult now, with so many countries participating”.
She also referred to the editions when the Spanish representative was chosen via Operación Triunfo (from 2002 to 2004), which brought the country three top 10s in a row. On the occasion of the reality show’s 15th anniversary, Prieto thinks that a similar format could be used, but not for 2017, because there’s no time to organise it.
With the original Operación Triunfo contestants (Rosa, Gisela, David Bisbal, etc.) holding a much-awaited reunion this month, could RTVE wait for the show to return to airwaves and then jump on it again for 2018? Who knows…
Spain 2002: Rosa López – Europe’s Living a Celebration
María Villalón, Ruth Lorenzo, Lorena Gómez, Mirela… Spain already has a line-up of potential artists willing to wave the country’s flag in Kyiv. Will any of these be selected? Only time will tell.
Meanwhile, given that Toñi Prieto has hinted that the previous winners of The Voice are potential candidates, let’s take a look at them…and some of the beloved runners-up.
The Voice 1: Rafa Blas
Rafa surprised everyone in 2012 with his victory. In a country where talent shows are dominated by flamenco singers, a rocker slayed the pack with his rendition of Europe’s “The Final Countdown”. He’s not been in the spotlight much since then, so maybe Eurovision is a good way for him to stage a comeback.
Apart from Rafa Blas, other potential contestants from that edition might be the eternal fan favourite Brequette; Maika Barbero, who tried to represent Switzerland last year; and Jorge González, provided that RTVE begs him to do it.
Brequette – Más (Run)
The Voice 2: David Barrull
The second winner of The Voice was melodic singer David Barrull, whose sensitivity conquered the hearts of Spaniards. The elder ones, probably, but well, he did it. David sings ballads and mid-tempo songs in Spanish. Do you think he could be a good choice?
The Voice 3: Antonio José
Now, let’s be honest, Rafa and David might not fit into the “Eurovision” artist category, but the third winner of Spain’s Voice could make up for both of them. Antonio José, who finished second at Junior Eurovision 2005, would be an obvious choice. A young and talented singer with that flamenco feel and an amazing voice. Let’s do this.
Spain’s fourth edition of The Voice is currently in the blind auditions stage. Do you think its eventual winner can pull a Nina Kraljic and fly the Spanish flag in Kyiv? Would you like an open selection? How would you choose Spain’s next representative? Tell us in the comment section below!