If there’s a title for most controversial victory in the run-up to Eurovision 2017, then Spain’s Manel Navarro has already won. But the Spanish contestant — who has found himself in the middle of the biggest eurodrama thus far this year — isn’t sitting in a corner sobbing. Instead he’s out on the campaign trail promoting his Eurovision song.
On Sunday the “Do It For Your Lover” singer announced that he will shoot the music video for his entry over the next three days. And as his plane emojis suggest, he’s hitting the road — and the skies — to produce the best video possible.
MAÑANA… Primer día de rodaje del videoclip! Durante los 3 días de rodaje os iré dando pistas… ?????? #DIFYL
— Manel Navarro Music (@ManelNMusic) February 19, 2017
Will Manel take inspiration from Barei, whose video was shot in Madrid, Stockholm, London, Havana and Miami? He’ll reveal all in the days and weeks ahead.
Live performance in Ukraine
Manel has had a particularly busy weekend.
On Saturday the Catalan singer took part in the third semifinal of Ukraine’s Eurovision selection Vidbir 2017.
Unlike in Spain — where he reprised his song in a strained and decidedly awkward environment — Manel received a warm reception from the audience and the panel of judges in Kyiv.
Manel stood alone on stage wearing a purple check shirt and a pair of skin-tight, spray-on jeans. He wore his shirt unbuttoned halfway down his stomach, suggesting he’s very confident in what lies beneath.
Eurovision 2016 winner Jamala clearly enjoyed the performance, as she didn’t stop dancing and clapping along during the three minutes.
Manel Navarro pone en pie a Jamala, la ganadora de Eurovision 2016, con su 'Do it for your lovers' en la televisión ucraniana. pic.twitter.com/PgoCcWGCTz
— etv (@Enchufadostv) February 19, 2017
Following his performance Jamala heaped praise on her young guest.
“Did you see what you did with our audience?” she asked. “Thank you for that!”
Manel’s ability to make Jamala move didn’t go unnoticed online, with several users commenting on Jamala’s reaction and total cuteness overload.
JAMALA BAILANDO CON DIFYL LA AMO
— Manel Navarro México (@ManelNavarroMx) February 18, 2017
Lo mejor de la actuación de ayer de Manel Navarro en Ucrania fue ver a Jamala bailando de esa forma
— Loreto (@LoretoS98) February 19, 2017
And after the performance, the singers cozied up for a photo backstage.
Manel wrote: “Thanks @jamalajaaa for being so lovely with me and my song during the show and backstage. So nice meeting you. Can’t wait to see you again.”
He punctuated the statement with three smiling heart-eyed emojis.
When asked who his favourite artist was in the semi, he said Melovin — “the guy with the strange eye” according to the show’s host.
Moreover, the Spanish singer ain’t wasting time. After his performance, he posted a short clip singing another of his songs “Tenerife Sea”.
"Tenerife Sea" (Live from Kiev)
"We are surrounded by all of these lies and people who talk too much…" pic.twitter.com/obAlXfmZpP
— Manel Navarro Music (@ManelNMusic) February 18, 2017
1,000,000 listens on Spotify
Manel has more reasons to be happy today.
Despite all the drama that arose from Objetivo Eurovisión, his music has been gaining traction.
On Sunday Manel shared a photo on Instagram celebrating a new milestone: one million streams on Spotify. Congrats!
Did you like Manel’s performance yesterday? What do you think about the song? Have you gotten over all the Eurodrama? Where do you place the Spaniard in your tops list? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section, and don’t forget to show off in our Wiwibloggs app!