Objetivo Eurovisión is approaching fast — but we still don’t know the date of the final, only that it will take place sometime around February 12. But that isn’t stopping RTVE from planning the rest of the show and building hype.
As part of that, RTVE has been promoting its candidates with its fiesta-gossip live stream Spain Calling. But now things are getting a little more serious with Thursday’s reveal of the running order.
Manel Navarro, who has one of the most radio-friendly tracks in the competition, will open the show with his song “Do It For Your Lover.” Mirela — Eurovision 2007, 2008 and 2009 national finalist — will close the show with her song “Contigo” (With You).
OBJETIVO EUROVISION 2017 RUNNING ORDER
- Manel Navarro – “Do It For Your Lover”
- LeKlein – “Ouch”
- Paula Rojo – “Lo que nunca fué” (What Never Was)
- Mario Jefferson – “Spin My Head”
- Maika – “Momento Crítico” (Critical Moment)
- Mirela – “Contigo” (With You)
According to RTVE’s management, producers drafted this particular order in response to the needs and demands of each act’s staging and lighting effects, along with the genre of each song. Their goal was to create an entertaining show, while guaranteeing a degree of neutrality in the televoting. They are taking every detail very seriously.
At Eurovision — where 25 acts sing back to back — going early is often thought to be a death sentence. But in a competition with just six songs, viewers are much better able to hold their attention and remember songs that go early. So don’t count Manel and LeKlein out on running order alone!
Jaime Cantizano to host Objetivo Eurovision
On Wednesday, during a special Spain Calling live stream, the broadcaster announced that TV veteran Jaime Cantizano will host Objetivo Eurovisión.
Cantizano is no stranger to Spanish television. He’s mostly known for hosting Dónde estás corazón, a weekly gossip show. He’s also hosted Hit: la canción, which was rumoured to serve as Spain’s national final in 2015, and the Spanish version of Strictly Come Dancing.
As for the date of Objetivo Eurovisión, it has been announced that the reveal will take place this Saturday, after the Goya Awards (Spain’s national cinema awards), which TVE is also hosting. Rumour has it that it the date will be either February 11 or 12. Yes, that is in just one week!
Artists promote their entries
This year’s finalists don’t need a date for the final to get excited. Over the past few weeks they have been all over the place promoting their songs.
LeKlein, Maika, Manel, Mario, Mirela and Paula have performed their songs several times live and in acoustic, and some have different versions of their song available online. We’ve made a little compilation.
Leklein – “Ouch!!”
The winner of the Eurocasting round has been quieter than her competitors. Although she’s been giving interviews to different media outlets since she smashed the internet selection on January 12, she hasn’t performed her song live recently. But hey: Are there any doubts about her abilities after the Eurocasting final?
Maika – “Momento Crítico”
Rock powerhouse Maika has released the English version of her song “Momento crítico”. But her label has confirmed that she will be singing in Spanish both in Objetivo Eurovisión, and in case she gets to Kyiv, at Eurovision. Do you like the English version?
Manel Navarro – “Do it for your lover”
If anyone understands promotion in Spain, it’s Manel Navarro. The fresh-faced star has been all over the country and heavily backed by Los 40, Spain’s main musical radio station. His song has even entered the 40 list. Here you can hear one of the 20-year-old’s many acoustic performances.
Mario Jefferson – “Spin my head”
Mario has released the full English version of his song “Spin my head”.
He has also given several interviews in recent days, and some days ago he published a lyric video for his song.
Mirela – “Contigo”
Fan favourite Mirela has also been busy, most recently performing at a bar in Helsinki the weekend of Finland’s Eurovision 2017 selection UMK. We’re assuming the audience didn’t include many Spaniards…so perhaps she is already thinking about Eurovision promotion in case she wins in Spain?
The singer has been promoting her Ovi-penned song “Contigo” on several websites and gave an a cappella rendition of her summer hit on RTVE.
Paula Rojo – “Lo que nunca fue”
Last but not least, Paula Rojo performed her song with her trademark ukelele. The Asturian singer has visited several media stations such as Cadena Ser and La Vanguardia, probably relying on her fame as “the girl with the ukelele from The Voice“. Do what you gotta do!
Who is your favourite Objetivo Eurovisión finalist? How much do you like the acoustic/ukelele/a cappella versions of the songs? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!