The wait is over! Spain’s Objetivo Eurovisión comes to an end tonight, after a two-month competition — and plenty of fan meltdowns over delays, moving dates and, of course, eliminated acts. Ahead of tonight’s final, which will determine Spain’s Eurovision 2017 singer, the Wiwi Jury — our in house panel of music unprofessionals — reviewed all the competing songs. Now it’s time to go through the results and see who is our favourite to win Objetivo Eurovisión 2017.
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You can read snippets of our reviews below. If you click the song title, you can read our full review. Consider this our pre-recorded commentary ahead of tonight’s show. As you can see, for us it’s a matter of ladies-on-top with Mirela and LeKlein leading the way…
1. Mirela – “Contigo” (6.85/10)
The positive: 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. (Bernardo, 8.5/10)
The negative: 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. (Luis, 2.5/10)
2. LeKlein – “Ouch!!” (6.2/10)
The positive: Another great example of how live versions can lift an average song, even though I still cringe every time she says “Ouch!”. I wasn’t a fan of the song at first, mainly because I was thinking RTVE had better songs in store, but well… This remains Spain’s best chance at finishing higher than 20th. (Zakaria, 7/10)
The negative: When I reviewed this for Eurocasting, I gave it a measly 1/10, and called it “unbearable”. For all of you LeKlein fans, I am sorry to say that my opinion hasn’t changed. “Ouch” is just really bad. Intolerable, insufferable, unendurable, you can take your pick. I simply cannot forgive that horrendous hook. (Jason, 1/10)
3. Maika – “Momento crítico” (5.35/10)
The positive: Maika is the saving grace of the complete mess that is Objetivo Eurovisión. This is so not a Spanish entry and that’s exactly why it’s perfect. Flawless vocals, fierce composition and a compelling delivery, Maika nails it on all fronts. It’s about time for Spain to step out of its comfort zone and this is the perfect song with which to do so. Leave the wailing divas and serve us up some Spanish rock. (Antranig, 8/10)
The negative: Maika’s voice defies logic and stereotype — she’s a woman who could out-power many of her male counterparts and she proves there is magic in sounding like you’ve smoked an entire pack of cigarettes prior to your recording session. And while I respect her prowess as a singer, the song is just abysmal. I don’t mind the vintage quality or the old school rock sound. What I detest is the monotony and the looping backing track that makes me feel like I have vertigo. It’s a no from me. (William, 4/10)
4. Manel Navarro – “Do it for your lover” (5.21/10)
The positive: This is not a typical Eurovision entry, but in spite of that, it’s my personal favourite in Spain. “Do It For Your Lover” sounds like a worldwide hit, and it would be one if it were sung by Shawn Mendes. It’s a relaxing reggae number with elements of electropop performed by a likeable singer. I have to deduct a few points for its lack of originality. Then again — in terms of Eurovision, it is quite original. (Jovana, 8/10)
The negative: I won’t question Manel Navarro’s talent — it’s unquestionable. However, “Do It For Your Lover” sounds like a rejected Bruno Mars song. If sung with soul and given some atmospheric staging, he may be able to give this lift in the national final. For now, it’s just bland. (Bernardo, 4.5/10)
5. Paula Rojo – “Lo que nunca fue” (5.03/10)
The positive: I love everything about Paula Rojo and her “Si me voy” was the song of my summer. So it deeply pains me to see her not fulfil her potential in this song. The production is dreamy, but the melody is just so so weak — it’s like a three-minute verse. Nostalgia is a difficult emotion to make a strong impression with, and, whilst the song may make people feel warm and fuzzy, it won’t make them scream vote! (Edd, 7.5/10)
The negative: Paula Rojo has opted to submit background music to Spain’s Eurovision selection and it fades from memory very quickly. It’s sweet and atmospheric, but ultimately far too sleepy to make an impact. A great voice wasted on an abysmal song. (William, 2/10)
6. Mario Jefferson – “Spin my head” (4.82/10)
The positive: The success of this track is almost solely reliant on the running order, and production elements. Best enjoyed on the dance floor, or plugged into your ears, “Spin My Head” is Objetivo Eurovision’s most expensive sounding track. Upbeat and very “now”, Mario Jefferson is fresh and just ripe for Kiev. (Deban, 8/10)
The negative: “Spin My Head” is one of those songs they play in the club when they’ve just opened. It’s good for the first drink, but doesn’t go anywhere. The production is modern, I give you that, and then? It’s not memorable, there’s no hook, there’s no strength. It’s like background shopping centre music trying to become a mainstream pop hit. And not getting there, at all. (Luis, 2/10)
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