Voting has closed in the first phase of Spain’s Eurocasting — the Internet wildcard round of Objetivo Eurovision. And on Thursday, RTVE will reveal which 10 of the 30 competing artists have survived the first cut. No one wants to be left out, so as the curtain closed acts were busy presenting new and improved versions of their songs.
Brequette’s “No Enemy”
She’s still riding a wave of hype from her stunning performance at Spain’s Eurovision 2014 selection. And Brequette — a songbird living in the Canary Islands — instantly emerged as our readers’ favourite with the first version of her entry “No Enemy”.
But Brequette didn’t rest on her laurels. She and her collaborators — Eurovision 2016 star Barei and Barei’s boyfriend Ruben Villanueva — have addressed our earlier concerns that it was static and flat. They’ve pumped up the bass and given this real shape and drive. It sings, it shouts, it slays.
The song serves Amazonian tribal realness — and in a variety of guises. From the sultry and intoxicating opening to the fast-talking lyrical segments to the bass that’s been turned up rul loud, this creates a mood — and one we haven’t tired of.
But that’s not all from Spain’s South African diva, as she has released an EP with the two other songs she sent to RTVE that didn’t make the cut: “Twist of Fate” and “You are enough!”. Ayo, here comes the beast!
Her hook may sound painful — Ouch! — but her modern sound, contemporary production and edgy looks have made her a firm fan favourite.
She felt the love and answered it with this slicker version of her entry, which is accompanied by an up-close and personal music video. Just look at those eyes and feel the heat!
The song has kept its Caribbean beats and has a glossier finish. The addition of some new sounds — digital and otherwise — help give this lift, particularly in the final “ouch, ouch, ouch” segment. She’s no longer in pain — or at least she’s happy to endure it.
Fruela’s “Live it up”
Singer, model and TV host Fruela also has plenty of fans behind him. And they’re surely saying “yay!” after hearing this revamp, which showcases his deep and melodic voice perfectly.
The chorus still features a lot of digital gimmickry and what sounds like an animated child’s voice. But the quality of the sound has improved considerably. Fruela and his team also added new sound effects that make “Live It Up” less monotonous towards the end.
Nicky Triphook’s “Daddy’s little girl”
Brit-Spaniard Nicky Triphook was one of the big surprises for us. It’s not often you hear hoedown-inspired tunes like “Daddy’s little girl”! Nicky has also released a new version, which has, again, smoothed out the song’s rougher edges.
“Daddy’s little girl” now sounds more like Germany’s The Baseballs — that’s a nod to the boosted production — and there are some new saxophones. There’s also a female voice, which we suppose is daddy’s little girl, ofc, and a lyric video.
Javián’s “No somos heroes”
We crowned him as our favourite in our first review, and it seems that Javián is not in the competition just for the ride — he’s in it to win it! Although the Operación Triunfo alum has not reworked his happy-clappy “No somos heroes”, he has released a music video.
The clip sees Javián performing with his band. It’s interspersed with footage of parents playing with their children — replete with pillow fights, day-to-day frustrations and bath time.
Apparently, the song refers to his experiences with his daughter. The 42-year-old tells parents that they are not heroes. But maybe their children are, as the adults can’t live without their children’s love. Awww.
Do you think any of these singers will make the cut on Thursday? Which revamp is your favourite? And which artists who didn’t release a re-vamp should have? Let us know in the comments section below!