leklein ouch!!

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%.

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:

LeKlein “Ouch!!”

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!

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#TeamManel ‘Do It For Your Lover’
I just LOVE this mediterranean reggae pop

Hebbuzz
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Hebbuzz

I like the sound and vibes from Manel.
From the others I’m actually only interested in Paula.

oli
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oli

I like Manel, he sounds like Gianluca Bezzina meets Frans, with a spanish touch. very happy and catchy

an esc fan
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an esc fan

Brequette should represent Moldova. A few days ago was an article about Moldova not having artists, it will be nice this ”storyline”.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

About Brequette not getting through, either:
1. Her song was just unlucky and finished 4th,
2. There was an as yet undisclosed contract issue, or
3. It was racism.

Of course, this is why there are investigative journalists. Has anybody yet asked Brequette what she knows?

Rock Me
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Rock Me

I want Spain to choose the best but things need to change cause I don’t see them suceeding if their broadcaster doesn’t take the initiative.

Hope that this year there will be no unreasonable hype like it was last year with Barei.

JulioP
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JulioP
Avstriya
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Avstriya

This will be the first time, I will not waste my votes for Spain.

After kicking out “Esclava”, “Volveré por tí” and “No somos heroes” I am hopeless.

Barei stated in an interview with German Prinz Blog that RTVE let her completely down and she was not able to deliver the performance she dreamed of in Stockholm, because they did not let her do it.

JulioP
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JulioP

I can not understand why people judge so prematurely the spanish songs just by hearing a 20 seconds snippet. I have heard entirely “Do it for your lover” (english version) in Spotify and I can perfectly picture it doing well in the great final.

Avstriya
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Avstriya

No somos héroes, sólo descansamos en paz 🙁

Ethan
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Ethan

@EscRo, last year Spain had 3 English songs (Xuso, Nana and Barei) and 3 Spanish songs (Salva, María Isabel and Maverick)

Anfrers
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@Martin I mean, a different one each year.

Anfrers
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@Martin We use a different selection method, this one’s the worst by far. So damn unfair to the contestants.

EscRo
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EscRo

Considering the fact that only LeKlein’s song is entirely in english I think she would win,based on the fact that Barei also won last years Objectivo Eurovision with an only English song.Still the songs from what i have heard are overall very week,so i expect Spain to finish again sadly in the 20-26 place.

Hsinaps
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Hsinaps

It seems like we will finish at the bottom in the final. Fine, I’ll be able to enjoy competition withour worrying about my own country lol (just a bit of positive perspective of this HUGE MESS).

Unofficial Månsters Association
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Unofficial Månsters Association

Although Spain has had some great songs over the past few years, somehow they’ve managed to get a lot of places in the 20’s, and this is probably the reason why Spain probably isn’t going to do good this year, because they’ve been continuously discouraged by the amount of low placings they’ve had.

LIAM W.
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LIAM W.

Mirela sounds very good and promising, the best (snippet) so far.

an esc fan
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an esc fan

My favourite was Javian, but it seems that LeKlein had a very clear victory. I don’t know, maybe was the right choice, after all the song ”1944” has an unusual chorus too.

ESC Fan
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ESC Fan

I’m sorry, I don’t like to be negative but song wise LeKlein was the worse for me 🙁 Both Javian and Fruella had better entries. LeKlein was good in singing live but that’s it. Ireally hope Spain can switch it around, I usually really enjoy Spain entries 2012-2015 were amazing!

Martin
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Martin

Ok I am so confused and super late to the party. Can somebody quickly catch me up? I thought had already decided on who would be competing? Several rounds of internal selection through process of elimination. And now they decided to inject some new blood to the competition? Who is this Leklein? And when did she join the festivities? Also, a public vote? Please somebody educate me. No wonder Spains been doing poorly if their internal selection is such a mess.

escAU
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escAU

Lol the rest of the songs aren’t even that good- and they’re meant to be from established artists? The design of the eurocasting titles as well is actually poor form, it seems Spain isn’t hungry to win anytime soon 🙁

Anfrers
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@logix Trust me, we’ve tried, but I’m pretty sure this has to do with the relation Federico Llano, head of the spanish delegation and Barei have. I don’t trust that man, not even the slightest.

Anfrers
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Trust me, we’ve tried, but I’m pretty sure this has to do with the relation Federico Llano, head of the spanish delegation and Barei have. I don’t trust that man, not even the slightest.

Unofficial Månsters Association
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Unofficial Månsters Association

@Sjodni
Sorry, but Brequette’s still not going to go to the final, whether you like it or not. Didn’t mean to disappoint you…

D
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D

All the songs are terrible, sorry Spain

Sjodni
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Sjodni

We need Brequette back. Now.

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

First thing is that people need to get over Brequette. The song was not that good. Second, this system is a complete mess. I was expecting the pre-selected acts to be amazing or at least more promising than the Eurocasting entries but they are really underwhelming. LeKlein should win this but what a waste of time!

Tomas Davitt
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Tomas Davitt

The whole thing about Brequette not getting through – I just don’t get it. Hopefully I’ll be surprised but I don’t think any of the established 5 look like they’ll have anything more exciting. But I hope I’m wrong

cheesecake
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cheesecake

Ouch! I hope we won’t see the same thing happening as in Germany in 2014 and 2015, where the wildcard finalist won the whole thing.
I’m glad that the other five songs are all (partly) in Spanish, yay! Mirela sounds promising, maybe Mario too.

Official Månsters Association
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Official Månsters Association

I was extremely shocked to find how bad Javian was live, since he was my favorite out of all the three from the studio versions. LeKlein definitely had the best vocals live, and after watching the performances, it was clear she would win. However, I’m still not fond of the chorus in her song, so if she wins Objetivo Eurovision, then I suggest that she change the chorus to something else besides “Ouch” and do a revamp on that, as “Ouch” just sounds annoying to me.

Justin K.
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Although I quite like how involved Spain is becoming with their selection process, I wonder how much having a “qualifier” for their “Final” will affect the perception of those songs. I guess it could go both ways: people may either grow to love “Ouch!” and continue to support it, or they may tire of it and drop it in the final.

Did Spain reveal whether or not they’ll have live previews before the final?

JB
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JB

The song from Mirela sounds promising…

BaNaNa
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BaNaNa

LeKlein had great live performance. The song still needs to be revamped..

Lidia Lozano
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PETARDAS

Colin
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Colin

@Antonio – The song is indeed well produced and well sung, and the lyrics are not even *that* bad for the most part. However, the ‘ouch’ part (the crucial part of the song) comes off as cheesy and takes away from any serious in-depth catarsis it went for. Overall, *I* don’t like it.

Antonio
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Antonio

If you say this song is “trash”, you have no idea about music. The production is very good! You could say you don’t like this song, but you NEVER can say this song is BAD. NEVER.

Colin
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Colin

Ouch… this is a bad news. I like how LeKlein reacted on her victory and thanked the other two guys, it really shows her character. However, the song is quite annoying IMO. It wants to come off as a serious moving song, but it seams somehow cheesy. I hope at least one of the remaining songs is better than the snippets give it credit for. Two or three seamed like they have potential.

logix
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logix

I just cant get it how esc fans ( especially those in Spain but also wiwibloggs) give up on Brequette so easy. No enemy is definetly one of the best songs…There shouLd be pressure upon RTVE….to try get Brequette in the Objetivo

logix
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logix

BREQUETTE -NO ENEMY is the only winner….

Héctor
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Héctor

Leklein had the best live, though everyone was nervous. Javian’s live has been shameful and painful to listen to, he didn’t deserved to win nor had the best song. I vote for Fruela, but I agree on the winner. About the internal selected artists I’m a bit dissapointed I was expecting somthing more as they didn’t select Brequette at the beginning. It’s also striking how TVE has forced to translate the song into Spanish. Manel song was in English, but I must say it’s better now. I also like Maika, but her song isn’t current at all and her voice… Read more »

ESC4Ever
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ESC4Ever

@Milky yes I agree. This song is T-R-A-S-H.

But then again all three songs were pretty bad

Milkyy
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Milkyy

Am I the only one who don’t like this song? I don’t want to offend LeKlein because her voice is veeeeery good, but I think that if “Ouch!” win Objetivo Eurovision, Germany won’t be at last place this year. Spain will be.
I count on Mirela or Manel 🙂

Robyn Gallagher
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LeKlein is going into the grand final as the people’s choice, which will already give her a huge advantage over the other five acts. I wouldn’t be surprised if she won Objetivo Eurovision just because of that.

oli
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oli

very powerful performance. I like

We love stars, flowers, pyros, copied visuals, air fans and blue and red leds
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We love stars, flowers, pyros, copied visuals, air fans and blue and red leds

After we have seen, she definitively deserved to win this. She has a great voice and she slays on the stage. A lot of improvements still ahead, this was juat a basic presentation of her proposal. Somehow I miss Brequette in all this process though. Anyway, from the other contenders I was amazed by Maika. She has a powerful voice and that rocky song sounded brlliant! Let’s see…

Acker
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Acker

Strong performance and huge voice. Looking confident and secure. Best performance of the night so far… and 63% of the votes.

Huron
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Huron

I want listen Mirela´s song!!!!!

I vote for Javian but i like LeKlein too

mocosuburbian
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mocosuburbian

just scrap it all and internally select brequette tbh
this is staged nicely but honestly objetivo eurovision is a hot mess

(J)ESC Fanatic
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(J)ESC Fanatic

I voted for her and I think she deserved it. I can’t see her winning the whole selection too though, unless the other entries are all weak.
I expected Javian to challenge, but the song really felt flat live.