After a long and bumpy road to tonight’s Eurocasting final — the internet phase of Objetivo Eurovision — LeKlein has slayed the competition with “Ouch!” She’ll go on to compete in the grand final in February, where she’ll compete against five other acts who were also announced tonight.
The androgynous diva won with a staggering 63.3% of all votes, finishing well ahead of runner-up Javián who earned 21.7%. Fruela came last with 15%.
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Objetivo Eurovisión final
LeKlein will now battle it out with five artists handpicked by RTVE for the national final. The five were announced tonight.
The confirmed acts competing in the grand final are:
Known for her smoky vocals and androgynous look, free-minded LeKlein kicked off her career in 2002 and has subsequently performed at all of Spain’s most iconic clubs. The Toledan artist was the audience favourite at Eurocasting.
Mario Jefferson “Spin My Head”
Mario is one of the freshest and most promising names in Spanish Latino pop. Coming from Fuengirola (Málaga), he took part in the final season of Operación Triunfo, ultimately finishing third. That led him to collaborate with Zahara and Efecto Mariposa on his first album “The Night I Forgot Your Name.”
Maika “Momento crítico” (Critical moment)
Gravelly-voiced rock singer Maika may be familiar from her song “The Reason” last year in Switzerland’s selection. She had previously competed on The Voice of Spain and another talent show called Levántate All Stars, though her solo career hasn’t really taken flight in Spain.
Mirela “Contigo” (With you)
Hailing from Aranjuez, Mirela has always had Eurovision on her mind. When she was 14, she completed in Spain’s selection for Junior Eurovision with “Conocí el amor”. She’s since tried three times to represent Spain at Eurovision: in 2007 with “La Reina de la Noche”, in 2008 with “Stronger” and in 2009 with “Nada es comparable a tí”.
Manel Navarro “Do It for Your Lover”
Manel is a 20-year-old singer from Barcelona. In 2016, he released his first single “Candle”. The song got some attention, especially in the Catalan radio stations. Three years ago, he won the contest Teen Star in Catalonia and released his single “Brand New Day”.
Paula Rojo “Lo que nunca fue” (What it never was)
Paula took part in the first season of The Voice Spain in 2012, ultimately reaching the live shows. She (and her ukelele) gained huge popularity and a star was born! Paula smashed the charts with her first single “Sólo Tú” (Only You). She reached #1 on iTunes Spain and spent 20 weeks on the Most Downloaded Songs chart. Can she leverage that momentum again in 2017?
What do you think? Was Leklein the right artist to win the Eurocasting? What do you think of the Objetivo Eurovisión finalists? Share your thoughts below!