David Civera

He’s the man behind Spain’s best Eurovision result of the 21st century: A sixth place finish in 2001.

That year David Civera stormed the Copenhagen stage with his infectious number “Dile que la quiero” (Tell her that I love her), laying the groundwork for a huge hit in Spain.

David Civera “Dile que la quiero” at Eurovision 2001

Since then David has kept on releasing music, notching up three other hits. But he turned up the volume last year when he released his 12th album: a compilation of his best songs celebrating his 15 years in the business.

On Monday things got louder yet again when David confirmed that he’s preparing a song for Eurovision 2018. In an interview with newspaper La Opinión de Murcia, he said that he has “a proposal which the country will not be able to refuse”. Why does he speak as if he was the Godfather, you may ask? Well, just look at his video for “Que la detengan” (below).

Monday’s news gives credence to the speculation about a potential Eurovision bid which started earlier this year. Back in February he took part in Objetivo Eurovision as part of the interval act, and hinted that he could be interested in Eurovision again.

David Civera “Que la detengan”

David describes his audience as “familiar” and says that they respect and enjoy Eurovision, so he thinks it will be easy to enchant them with his 2018 song. And yes, by familiar he means mature. It’s a nice way to say that the median age of your fan base is over 50.

You’re being too harsh, Luis! Yes, maybe. I mean, it’s not that “Dile que la quiero” wasn’t a great song. It was — but for 2001. As were his other hits. “Que la detengan” and “Bye, Bye” made the whole country dance, but if you ask someone if they know a David Civera song released after 2004, they’ll probably go blank.

David seems to want to drive his career forward by playing with genre. At Objetivo Eurovisión he sang a pop-rock version of his Eurovision song, which pushed it closer to ESDM’s song in 2013. And we know how that ended.

David Civera “Dile que la quiero” at Objetivo Eurovisión 2017

We don’t yet know what David’s Eurovision song will sound like, but if his approach is anywhere near the OE version, then we’re not optimistic…

Do you think David Civera could create a hit to represent Spain in 2018? Will the public back him? And will you? Let us know in the comments box below. 

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CookyMonzta
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CookyMonzta

I’m not so sure this is a good idea. Ira Losco came back to Eurovision after 14 years, and wound up 12th, after her predecessor failed to qualify. But with Spain currently languishing with a string of lousy results (with the exception of Pastora Soler and Ruth Lorenzo), they’d probably be better off not trying the same experiment again, this time, with a 17-year gap between appearances if he should even be considered for selection.

xup
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xup

He should go back to Eurovision. David Civera is one of the very few entries from Spain in the 21st centuriy that I like.

goprake
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goprake

No, please, I would like to achieve a high place sometime.

Twisted French
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Twisted French

Oh please no, we want someone fresh and new!!! Not a recycled forgotten artist. Like France and other countries Spain will never win Eurovision again in the next 20 years so please be daring and exciting!!!

Aufrechtgehn
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Oh man, to remember how hard I fell in love with his tight leather trousers and his non-stop rotating hips back in 2001! Not to mention his infectious, irresistible song – one of Spain’s finest entries and one of three songs that absolutely should have won that year (instead of the crap that actually did). I agree with AngieP, this is exactly the stuff Europe wants to hear from Spain. I have some minor doubts that David could still serve it as hot as he did back in 2001 and would reserve judgement until I see him performing in the… Read more »

Héctor
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Héctor

David Civera was one of my favs singers when I was a child. However, he has been out of business for a long time. The description he gives about his proposal makes me not trust too much in his possibilities. Times change and he seems to speak as we was in 2001. Every proposal is welcome though, maybe he really has a hit.

Onde vai o gato?
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Onde vai o gato?

New cover of the italian song Occidentali’s Karma! Go check it out and let me know your opinion ? https://goo.gl/aUpYh4 #eurovision

Iberian
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Iberian

He wore leather pants before Måns!

ESC84
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ESC84

That would be a nice idea

AngieP
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AngieP

First of all, I love that guy! His song is one of my favourites from 2001! That’s what you expect to hear from Spain! However, I have my doubts about his potential participation. First, that song was perfect for that time. In 2001. Now it’s 2017.Music changes, and I don’t know if a similar type of song works in 2018. Secondly, usually returning artists don’t do as well as the first time, partially because they think that a similar song to their first one will also succeed. And that’s wrong. In this case, 2001 to 2018 is a long time.… Read more »

goprake
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goprake

No, his fanbase in Spain is pretty small, and as far as I know TVE has not officially confirmed anything about their selection method, but there are rumors that say that the renewed talent show Operación Triunfo will be used to select our entrant, as in early-21st century. I don’t think he’d participate in a talent show though.

Efraim
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Efraim

The castings for Operación Triunfo are already finished, if I remember correctly. So at this point, he couldn’t enter if he wanted to.

Branko
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Branko

Eurovision Fans seem to be very non-tolerant when it comes to age of performers.

bella
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bella

Spain send Alvaro Soler to eurovision with a latin song.You will win.

AngieP
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AngieP

Agree! He’s brilliant!

azaad
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azaad

RTVE never will though.