Felicitaciones! Spain — the land of a million eurodramas — lived up to its reputation on Saturday evening, staging the intense, nail-biting finish of Objetivo Eurovisión 2017. It’s been a long journey from the early days of the Eurocasting, but we now know that Manel Navarro will sing “Do It For Your Lover” in Kyiv.
But the result was far from simple. The jury ultimately had to split a tie between Manel and poll favourite Mirela — creating amazing television that left us on the edge of our seats.
A 50% televote, 50% jury split comprised the result. The jury members — Virginia Diaz, Javier Cardenas and Xavi Martinez — are all directors and hosts from Spanish TV and radio.
Manel won with the jury convincingly, finishing nine points ahead of his nearest competitor Mario Jefferson, and 12 points clear of Mirela, who came third with the juries. Mirela, however, won the televote whilst Manel managed only third, meaning the result was tied at 58 points each.
Unlike in 2014, when the televote broke the tie between Brequette and Ruth Lorenzo, this year the rules called on the juries to do so. The look on Mirela’s face suggested that she knew she was dead. It was like she was just waiting for her execution.
— wiwibloggs (@wiwibloggs) February 11, 2017
To break the deadlock the jury then had to vote again. The studio audience was definitely #TeamMirela, cheering her name with true Latin passion.
Xavi voted for Manel, whilst Javier voted for Mirela. The final vote came down to Virginia, who remained with her original 12 point artist, Manel.
As the audience booed and hissed (a recurring theme throughout the voting segment), Virginia apologised to Mirela. It was high drama.
And while we totally understand fans’ passion for Mirela, it seemed decidedly unfair to spoil Manel’s victory by not getting behind him and cheering after he had won. After all: He is singing for Spain at Eurovision.
Objetivo Eurovision — Combined Results
Objetivo Eurovision — Jury Results
Objetivo Eurovision Running Order
- Manel Navarro — “Do It For Your Lover”
- Leklein — “Ouch!”
- Paula Rojo — “Lo que nunca fue”
- Mario Jefferson — “Spin My Head”
- Maika — “Momento critico”
- Mirela — “Contigo”
Tonight’s show also saw performances from previous Spanish Eurovision acts. Karina performed her 1971 entry, “En un mundo nuevo”, and David Civera reprised “Dile que la quiero” from 2001. The final returning act on stage was Barei, who reprised her 2016 entry “Say Yay!”We also saw an acted-dancing performance medley of a number of other Spanish Eurovision songs, including “Quedate conmigo”, “Eres Tu” and “La La La”. The memories were just flooding back, y’all!
So, what do you think of Spain’s decision? Will Manel bring Spain back to the top ten in Kyiv, or should the Spaniards have gone with Mirela? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!