Last Wednesday, Spain’s state broadcaster RTVE announced that their national selection — Objetivo Eurovisión 2017 — would include an online pre-selection, which will take place in February.
And today the broadcaster revealed via Twitter that it had already received 50 songs in the first seven days of the submission process, which closes on November 27.
That may not be an avalanche like Melodifestivalen — which received nearly 2,500 songs this year — but it’s not bad at all. Especially since Spaniards have a habit of leaving everything until the last minute and there is still plenty of time left to submit.
Llevamos ya 50 canciones recibidas, ¡pero aún quedan tres semanas de eurocasting! ¿Qué estilos musicales te gustaría ver en la final?
— eurovision_rtve (@eurovision_tve) November 2, 2016
Only 30 of the songs will proceed to the internet selection, but if the submissions keep coming like this week, RTVE will have a considerable number of tunes to choose from. And surely enough to match the diversity of last year’s final (which included everything from dance-pop to angry electro-rock).
María Villalón reveals Objetivo Eurovisión’s first song
A few weeks ago we told you about María Villalón — the first winner of Spain’s X Factor — and her interest in competing at Eurovision. María said publicly that she had two songs ready for the contest, and it appears that she has entered one of them: “Dirige al viento” (Lead the wind).
In the song, which has a strong Andalusian feel, María sings to a former lover, telling him she has been reborn from the ashes of their break up.
It’s not lighting my fire. But it’s great to see María going all in. Along with the song, she’ll release a short novel about a girl who dreams of taking part in Eurovision. That’s going for gold, y’all!
More songs will be revealed in the coming days. Do you think María’s tune has what it takes to make the Top 30?
María Villalón – “Dirige al viento”
As you’ll remember, Spain has a list of potential Eurovision artists longer than a day without bread.
Mirela, Lorena Gómez, Ruth Lorenzo, Verónica Romero, Azúcar Moreno and Las Bistecs, amongst others, have thrown their names into the mix. Will any of them participate in the internet selection as well? Who else would you like to take part? Share your thoughts below!