Last night, the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — gathered in Madrid, the capital of Spain. While we enjoyed our relaxing cups of café con leche in Plaza Mayor (sorry, I had to), we reviewed Mirela‘s song for Objetivo Eurovisión 2017, “Contigo” (“With you”). Did we want to dance with her or were we better left alone?
Mirela – “Contigo”
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”.
Wiwi Jury reviews “Contigo”
William: From the cheap refrain of baila-la-la-la to the image of beautiful Mirela with her abs out to the use of the phrase “Mi corazón,” this oozes Eurovision clichés. It’s completely disposable and somewhat generic. But it’s also utterly fun and uplifting and the three minutes speed by faster than Edurne’s cape during her Eurovision 2015 dress reveal. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure — and I feel richer for having this in my life! Now get Mirela to Eurovision and on the radio asap.
Luis: They called from 2002 and asked us to send their song back. Let me keep it real: this is the last thing Spain needs at Eurovision. I’m totally fine with my country singing a summer song, but summer songs can be done much better than this in all senses. It’s trashy, cheap and the guitar seems to have been thrown in randomly. And those lyrics? If you were an English speaker complaining about the weird lyrics in the UK selection, this is exactly the same. It’s as if Ovi wrote them using Google Translate.
Bernardo: Bring me sunglasses, sun cream, and an orange juice with a lot of sugar. “Contigo” and Mirela are channeling major tropical house 30-degrees-on-the-beach realness. Of course it’s cliché, of course it’s dated. However, this a strong club hit contender — this will be on loop every single night at Euroclub and I’m already excited. Keep those strong vocals live and not even LeKlein has a chance.
Deban: Brimming with carnival energy, “Contigo” is a refreshing can of fizz on a scorching summer’s day. Objetivo Eurovision 2017 has been disappointing at every turn, but Mirela saves the contest. Yes, “Contigo” is probably a tad cliché and rather predictable, but it is also by far the most danceable, and memorable track in this selection.
Robyn: I’m all for Spain sending a fun, summery Spanish-language song that reminds people of their holidays. But it needs to be more than just that. “Contigo” is nice, but it comes across more as beachside bar background music. Not the sort of thing that could command attention on the Eurovision stage. It will be interesting to see how this comes across live at the national final.
Edd: If I’m honest, this is quite enjoyable, but it is absolute trash. The tropical production in the verses and occasional flamenco guitar sound great, although the chorus is pure Swedish glitter and extra (im)mature cheddar. It would probably come last if it went to Eurovision, but would be very much appreciated among the shouty ballads which rule contest nowadays.
Kristin: Aaah, an authentic beach banger! So 2006, so outdated, so much what I need right now. This is completely out of sync with everything that is going on in Eurovision 2017, and I like it. Sometimes even a ballad fanatic like myself can have enough of shouty violin feelings and just crave something fun, breezy and upbeat. Mirela does the trick. A true Latino anthem, which no one can get away with except for Spain. If this song would emerge in some other national finals, I would murder it without hesitation. But this..here….now. Yes please!
Patrick: Mirela is very beautiful and has a very pleasant voice which is very likeable. “Contigo” couldn’t be any more Spanish, with the traditional influences, the language and the summer beach party flair. I’m really happy to see an entry like this in the selection and I hope she will have brilliant staging prepared. I worry that the vocals won’t be as strong live, but maybe Mirela can show us a Spanish fiesta with her talent.
Our Spanish Wiwi Jury consists of 19 jurors from across the globe. However, we only have room for eight reviews. Here are the scores from the rest of the jurors:
The highest and lowest scores are dropped prior to calculating the average score. This is to remove outliers and reduce potential bias. We have removed a low of 2.5 and a high of 8.5.