It feels like Spain’s national selection for Eurovision 2017 has been going on for months. In fact, things are only heating up. On Tuesday December 20 RTVE will take us into the next phase of the competition when it reveals the three artists who have survived the latest cull in its Eurocasting.
As you’ll recall, Spain announced 30 Eurocasting finalists several weeks ago. Then last week, following a public vote, they reduced that list to ten. The three chosen from this batch will compete in a special sing-off — broadcast online — for the wildcard to Objetivo Eurovision, Spain’s national selection.
Shortly after the 10 finalists were announced last Thursday, we published a poll asking you which three acts should make the webcasting show. In just four days we received a total of 2,819 votes. If our readers have their way then Brequette, Nieves Hidalgo and LeKlein will sing-to-the-death (okay, just to the final) in January 2017. You can see the complete results of our poll at the bottom of this post.
These three singers have consistently rated at or near the top of our polls in Spain. Prior to the Eurocasting Top 10 we asked you to name your favourite among the Eurovision Top 30. In that poll Brequette and Nieves tied for first place, with Javián in third and LeKlein in fourth.
BREQUETTE WITH “NO ENEMY”
It wasn’t her time in 2014 with “Más (Run)”, but Brequette is back — and many fans say she’s better than ever. She won our earlier 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!
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!
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.
Eurocasting poll results: Our readers’ favourites for the wildcard
- Brequette with “No Enemy” 27.74% (782 votes)
- Nieves Hidalgo with “Esclava” 25.19% (710 votes)
- Leklein with “Ouch! 12.74% (359 votes)
- Javián with “No somos héroes” 10.71% (302 votes)
- Nicky Triphook with “Daddy’s Little Girl” 7.95% (224 votes)
- Fruela with “Live It Up” 6.74% (190 votes)
- Pedro Elipe with “Del dolor” 2.73% (77 votes)
- Nito with “Luna” 2.45% (69 votes)
- Rebeca Moss with “Volveré por ti” 2.06% (58 votes)
- Romy Low with “In Love” 1.69% (48 votes)
Total Votes: 2,819
Who do YOU want to see advance to the Eurocasting web show? Let us know in the comments box below!