Eurocasting — the public appeal for entries for Spain’s Objetivo Eurovision 2017 — has come to a close. But before the list of submissions was finalised, plenty of established artists had already revealed that they had submitted entries, including María Villalón and Brequette Cassie.
Below we’ve gathered a list of some of the most experienced singers who have sent songs to RTVE. Most of them submitted their entries via Eurocasting — the Internet selection where the public will choose an act for the final — while a few decided to try it with the internal selection, which will see RTVE handpick a select number of acts for the show. Regardless of their route, all of them hope to take Eurovision by storm.
As in our earlier post introducing some of the amateur candidates, you can show your approval (or disgust) for each act by clicking on the thumbs up and thumbs down after their songs below.
SPANISH CANDIDATES (EUROCASTING)
Born in Ukraine, Milena already knows what Eurovision is all about. She served as a backing vocalist for El Sueño de Morfeo at Eurovision 2013 and for Barei at Eurovision 2016.
In a recent interview with VivaEurovision.com, she said she was ready to go to the contest as a solo artist. And she subsequently revealed her song “Momento” on social media.
Rosa (ESC 2002), Beth (ESC 2003), Ramón (ESC 2004), Gisela (ESC 2008 for Andorra), Soraya (ESC 2009) — all of these Eurovision greats come from Spanish reality TV show Operación Triunfo. And so does Euro-hopeful Javián, who competed on the first season alongside Rosa and Gisela.
Earlier this month we felt pretty nostalgic watching Javián and his fellow OT stars come together for RTVE’s three-part reunion show. Clearly touched by the experience, he’s submitted a song called “No somos héroes” (We’re not heroes), which is giving us major Álvaro Soler vibes. As he said in a recent interview with EFE: “I really like the contest and I think this song has the right content for Eurovision, especially the chorus.”
It’s been 20 years since Spain sent a song with Flamenco roots. And Frank, who comes from Andalucía, hopes to be the one to bring the genre back to Eurovision.
With his first album Tiempos de Igualdad (Times of Equality) he sought to defend the rights of LGBT people, and kept the magic coming with his second album Reviure (Revive).
Ektor Pan wants to help you burn up the dance floor with “Perfect Storm.” Among the more modern entries in the Eurocasting, it’s upbeat, energetic and sultry. Plus it features some storm elements including thunder and lighting (it’s getting exciting).
A composer and producer from Valladolid, Ektor tried to represent Switzerland last year with the song “Love in Return.” But he didn’t make it to the live auditions.
Curiously, he’s already trended on social media and RTVE spotted him with its #SpainCalling stream. Is he the perfect one for the Iberian nation?
Born in the United Kingdom and hailing from the Canary Islands, Nicky took part in The Voice Spain and also on the UK X Factor, where, in 2008, he reached the bootcamp stage alongside Spanish diva Ruth Lorenzo.
His rockabilly entry “Daddy’s Little Girl” mixes rock and Motown, and pulsates with non-stop joy. He sings about the consequences of globalization, selfishness and individualism — bringing a serious message that’s wrapped up in fun.
SPANISH CANDIDATES (INTERNAL SELECTION)
A handful of artists have decided to pass on Spain’s Eurocasting, which involves a public Internet vote, and have instead opted to enter RTVE’s internal selection. Only seven artists will make it to Objetivo Eurovision and RTVE will make that decision without any input from the public. If they love your song, you’re in. And if they don’t, you’re out.
As a result, not many artists have revealed if they submitted internally. But we do know of one…
Stanley Miller (a.k.a. Chipper) comes from the USA. He placed third on the sixth season of Operación Triunfo. After taking part in last year’s Die Grosse Entscheidungsshow — making it all the way to the final — he wants to try his luck representing Spain.
His song “I Wanna Believe” was composed by William Luque and Manuel de Diego and it’s all about those good vibes. He wants to channel his optimism and cheerfulness in this song, which matches his personality perfectly.
RUMOURS HAS IT…
Spain’s rumour mill has intensified in recent days, with rumours suggesting that Rafa Blas, the winner of The Voice Spain 2012, may be one of the seven internally selected acts.
In addition, many other Operacion Triunfo contestants, including Veronica Romero and Natalia, keep coming up in fan discussions. But it may just be wishful thinking. Neither of them have shared any updates about Eurovision on their social media channels.
Who’s your favourite so far? Are any of these potential candidates strong enough to represent Spain in Kiev? Let us know in the comments section below!