And then there were 10! On December 15 RTVE revealed the lucky acts who have survived the first cull of its Eurocasting. Determined by an Internet vote, the brutal process has now seen 20 acts sent off. Bye!
But the road to making it to Objetivo Eurovision — Spain’s national final, which is set for February 1 — isn’t smooth for the acts that remain.
The lucky 10 candidates will now face a professional jury, which will select only three of these fan favourites for The Eurocasting Final, which will take place on January 12 and be streamed online. From that show one winner will advance to the Objetivo Eurovision final to square off against a series of artists handpicked by RTVE. This race is long – and it’s only heating up.
RTVE will reveal the results on Tuesday. But before that, why not let them know what YOU think. You can vote in our poll at the bottom of this post. You can vote for as many acts as you’d like, but you can only vote ONE time. Be sure to click the box next to each act before pressing submit.
EUROCASTING: The Top 10
Nieves Hidalgo with “Esclava”
She’s a veteran of The Voice and she finished on top of our #Eurocasting30 poll alongside Brequette. She’s singing an Old World ballad with major power, but she’s making it modern with her presence and beauty. She is Nieves Hidalgo!
Nito with “Luna”
He’s singing about the moon and it seems that the universe is on his side. His sexy voice, Latin sound and thumping beats clearly made voters move. Please welcome Nito to the next round!
Nicky Triphook with “Daddy’s Little Girl”
Brit-Spaniard Nicky Triphook was one of the big surprises for us. It’s not often you hear vintage tunes like “Daddy’s little girl”! But Nicky has made it modern and catchy, and it smacks of Germany’s The Baseballs. He’s charming, enthusiastic and clearly wants to make it. We’re wishing him all the best. It doesn’t hurt that he’s adorable.
Romy Low with “In Love”
Romy’s song is breezy and bright. She lets her lover know that she’s there for him and will be by his side forever and a day. “I just gotta kiss you now,” she says. And it looks like the public accepts!
Pedro Elipe with “Del dolor”
His heartbreaking ballad “From Pain” sees him singing alone with the piano. “I don’t look back because I’ve forgotten,” he sings. “The mattress now rests without your warmth.” Pass me a tissue!
Fruela with “Live It Up”
Singer, model and TV host Fruela has plenty of fans behind him. And they’re surely saying “yay!” after hearing his 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. He polished a diamond and now he’s through!
Leklein with “Ouch!
Her hook may sound painful — Ouch! — but her contemporary production, solid delivery and edgy looks have made her a firm fan favourite. She felt the love and answered it with a slick revamp 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.
Javián with “No somos héroes”
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! The Operación Triunfo alum released a fun music video for “No somos heroes”. 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.
Brequette with “No Enemy”
It might haven’t been her time in 2014 with “Más (Run)”, but Brequette is back — and many fans say she’s better than ever. She won our Eurocasting poll and it’s clear the Eurovision fire burns bright inside her. Ayo, here comes the beast! “No Enemy” is all about bravery and facing our fears without baring our teeth. Channeling Amazonian and tribal rhythms, Brequette brings a contemporary song which is ready to go — and slay!
Rebeca Moss with “Volveré por ti”
She sings that she’s “Back For You” — but honey, you never left! This song could appear on the soundtrack of an early 00s telenovela. Rebeca’s rich voice carries emotion very well. She’s also a very sexy senorita, which will surely help.
Poll: Who should make The Eurocasting Final?[polldaddy poll=”9610168″]
Interestingly, our #Eurocasting30 poll correctly predicted six of the 10 finalists. However, our readers preferred Padre Damian, Carmel, Ivet and Gio to Nito, Pedro Elipe, Rebeca Moss, and Romy Low.
- Brequette 14.69% (560 votes)
- Nieves Hidalgo 14.69% (560 votes)
- Javián 7.95% (303 votes)
- Leklein 5.93% (226 votes)
- Padre Damián 5.51% (210 votes)
- Fruela 5.06% (193 votes)
- Nicky Triphook 4.75% (181 votes)
- Carmel 3.59% (137 votes)
- Ivet Vidal 3.12% (119 votes)
- Gio 3.04% (116 votes)
- Ektor Pan 2.89% (110 votes)
- Javi Soleil 2.6% (99 votes)
- Milena 2.39% (91 votes)
- Shannel 2.23% (85 votes)
- Alicia Nurho Band 2.12% (81 votes)
- Iranzo Iranzinix 2.1% (80 votes)
- Rebecca Moss 1.94% (74 votes)
- Dani J 1.84% (70 votes)
- Lem Baquero 1.84% (70 votes)
- Romy Low 1.42% (54 votes)
- E Twins 1.39% (53 votes)
- Nito 1.36% (52 votes)
- Pedro Elipe 1.29% (49 votes)
- Detergente Liquido 1.08% (41 votes)
- Stvkid feat. Silence of the Wolves 1% (38 votes)
- Wildback 1% (38 votes)
- Inigo 0.97% (37 votes)
- Ander & Rossi 0.87% (33 votes)
- Jon Josdi 0.79% (30 votes)
- Paradise Phantoms 0.55% (22 votes)
Brequette. Adult sounding, contemporary track with the potential to slay! And with perfect live vocals and visuals, Spain could have a Top 5 entry!
I can’t see No Enemy doing well in Eurovision, I have a feeling there will be many songs like that one next year. I think most people are supporting it just because it’s Brequette and it was composed by Barei.
Brequette <3 Masterpiece!
brequette will win, leklein sounds interesting, but since there’s only 1 spot brequette will make it.
Also the rest is pretty much sh*t
Ouch is so good!
No somos héroes and No Enemy are also contenders. The others…are a class below I am afraid.
I feel that they should change the “ouch” to “aah”……..that’d be more aesthetically pleasing……the chorus and the song is already very good as such
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Nicky Triphook sings “Daddy’s Little Girl” and he’s one heck of a singer!
These are my 3 top favorites songs.
OUCH! – LeKlein
NO ENEMY – Brequette
LUNA – Nito
Ouch is pretty good. But the repetition of the word ouch in the chorus is the only minus point. Rest of the lyrics is fine with me.
My favorite is Brequette! And Nicky I like. Spaniards like Leklein, but the song lyrics are inconsistent. It’s a baby learning to talk.
If Spain wants to do well, they should send something like Esclava. A beautiful haunting song, something we do not get to hear that often in esc, a pearl. As much as i like No enemy, it’s also a song that could get lost easily, just not that impressive.
I am totally enamorado de Rebeca… 🙂
I YHINK THAT EVERYBODY CHOICE TO BREQUETE BECAUSE THEY KNOW HER, BUY MUST TO BE OPEN TO NEW ARTIST, AND RECOGNISE QUALITY MUSIC. FOR ME JAVIAN, LEKLEIN OR NIEVES MUST WIN THIS.
Isn’t suspect that we conveniently have five songs in English and five in Spanish?? The songs in Spanish weren’t even in the polls’ Top 15
There are many good songs in this selection. Spain is really trying its best but somehow they are not lucky in the voting. I guess, without many neighbours Spain finishes always in the 11-15th zone, what doesn’t provide points. From this group I would go with Nito and Luna, it sounds very catchy and latino, summer hit. I also like Brequette, Leklein and Pedro.
Las que no me aburren de nada son las canciónes de Nicky, Rebecca y Nieve…. que placer a escucharles!
Las otras no me gustan mucho y seguro que no triunfen.
Päivi Paunu died. She represented Finland in Eurovision Song Contest 1972 with Kim Floor. The song was called “Muistathan”.
I honestly don’t know how Rebeca, Romy and Fruela made it through (just local supporters with no Eurovision vision?) and how they even left behind other good songs such as Christina’s Band and Ivet’s catchy ‘do you want me’. Anyway, apart from them, I really love the others! So here comes my suggestion: given the Spanish internet candidates are so good this year, why doesnt Rtve take 3 or 5 of them to the Operación Eurovision final? Why leaving so many good songs so early behind? Do we have to trust the quality of those hand-picked? What if… ?
Brequette and Nicky Triphook are my favorite!
It’s Brequette vs. Javian here.
Also little help, Pedro’s song actually translates to “From Pain” 🙂
Omg they cut off so many decent acts. At least kind Javián is still here!
Please, @William Lee Adams add the New version the “No Enemy” Brequette !!
No enemy, but please link the revamp so we all can enjoy the new and better version.
Brequette or Nieves Hidalgo for me
There are surprising qualifiers such as Nito, Rbeca Moss, Romy Low or Pedro Elipe… In my opinion, there were much better artists/songs like Javi Soleil, Stvrkid, Carmel or Father Damian. Pedro Elipe sounds like a Pablo Alboran’s rejected song, the same with Javian and Alvaro Soler. I have to say Nieves had a powerful voice, but she and her Artesero’s song arrive with a delay of 40 years at least. I’m afraid Nito is among the three chosen since Juan Magn is the president of the expert panel, his song and voice are just average. My TOP 5 is made-up… Read more »
”No enemy” obviously
The obvious choices are Brequette and LeKlein. My third choice would be either Fruela, Javián or Pedro Elipe. I like these five songs.
brequette is miles above the rest at this point like there is no contest
No points from me, I don’t like any of them :/
Nieves e Romy Low!!!!!!