Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end. And Spain’s Eurovision 2017 singer Manel Navarro is proving the point, having already released his emotional ballad “Keep on Falling” in the weeks after Eurovision.
And on Friday the sun-loving, guitar-strumming singer did it again, appearing as Ed Sheeran on “Tu cara no me suena todavía” (Your face doesn’t sound familiar to me yet).
Yes, you read that correctly. The spin-off of the long-standing “Tu cara me suena” (Your face sounds familiar) launched in Spain this year. The show, which airs each Friday, follows a different set of rules to the original. Namely that all acts are anonymous. Up to 10 candidates have to serve their best imitation of an existing pop star. The winner of every live show earns a place in “La Gran Final”, while those finishing second, third or fourth must try their luck in the next live show.
Those who fail to crack the Top 4 are out. Seven new faces join the show each week, battling against those acts who placed second, third or fourth the preceding week.
— Tu Cara No Me Suena (@TuCaraNoMeSuena) June 2, 2017
And yesterday the show reached its grand final, where Manel Navarro was among the special guests invited to perform.
We’ve already seen him play the role of fun-loving surfer dude. But last night he slipped into a new guise, doing his best to channel Ed Sheeran in a charming mash-up of “Castle on the Hill” and “Shape of You”.
Wearing a light dusting of facial hair, a red coiffe and a loose-fitting t-shirt, he imitated his idol visually and musically.
He previously spoke of his love for the singer. At his Eurovision press conference in Kyiv he said: “Ed Sheeran is an idol to me. I started singing and playing the guitar because of him.”
Manel loves Ed — and the global superstar also loves Manel!
During the Eurovision fortnight, Xavi Martínez and Uri Sábat, hosts on Spain’s Los40, played Ed a snippet of Manel’s cover of “Castle On The Hill”.
“He’s got a really good voice,” Ed said. “I think girls will love him. He’s handsome.”
You can watch Manel Navarro’s performance from “Tu cara no me suena todavía” here.
Manel’s future plans
Our amigo isn’t slowing down. His new single “Keep on Falling” went to #3 on iTunes Spain last Friday.
In a recent interview with Spanish radio Los40, Manel explained that he plans to hit the road — and not just at home — from June.
“Ukraine, London and Mexico are places where I want to play,” he said. “Also, the opportunities are there, so I have to take advantage of them.”
He kicked off his Spanish tour today in Barcelona and will perform in Madrid on June 9.
Love you till the moon and back. pic.twitter.com/FkF7EMGHWe
— Manel Navarro Music (@ManelNMusic) June 2, 2017
However, Manel will not be performing at this year’s Worldpride Madrid 2017 — a marked departure from recent years.
Spanish representatives — including Ruth Lorenzo and Barei — routinely appear in Pride Events, but it appears the invitation was not extended.
“In case they call me to perform in Madrid’s Pride, I wouldn’t even think about it,” he said. “I would perform with great desire.”
— wiwibloggs (@wiwibloggs) June 3, 2017
Manel is now focused on his music and recording his new album. It’s still too soon to know the release date, but he’s endlessly passionate about it.
“We’re recording some things, more like acoustic,” he said. “We already have some tracks recorded, others just composed…I want to keep doing acoustic concerts.”
What do you think about Manel’s performance imitating his idol Ed Sheeran? Are you excited to hear new music from Manel? And would you have preferred “Keep on Falling” to “Do It For Your Lover” at Eurovision? Let us know in the comments section below!