She’s burning up and she can’t cooling down. And over the weekend Eleni Foureira took her fire to the stage of Spain’s Tu Cara Me Suena on the first episode of the season. But rather than singing Eleni sat on the judging panel as Mimi — the first contender evicted from last year’s Operación Triunfo — imitated Eleni’s performance of “Fuego”.
Yes, it was a meeting of divas that kickstarted the seventh season of Spain’s version of Your Face Sounds Familiar. In addition to Eleni and Mimi, Eurovision 2009 alum Soraya Arnelas performed. She is, in fact, a contestant on this year’s show and proved she has a major shot to snatch the crown. She won the first show with her rendition of Katy Perry’s “Swish swish”.
Tu Cara Me Suena: Episode 1
Despite being the first eliminated act from last year’s Operación Triunfo, Mimi has managed to become one of the most successful artists from the class of 2017. She’s now formed a Pussycat Dolls-like group named Lola Indigo and their tune “Ya no quiero na” became a summer hit in Spain and some countries in Latin America.
Now she’s trying to keep her momentum going with her participation in Your Face Sounds Familiar. From the moment she was announced as a contestant, fans have been asking Mimi to sing “Fuego” and guess what? It was the first performance of the season!
— TuCaraMeSuena (@TuCaraMSuena) September 29, 2018
As for Eleni, the Eurovision 2018 runner-up did more than just sit at the jury table while Mimi performed. She also helped her learn the choreography. Mimi, a former professional dancer, had little trouble nailing the moves and hair whips. But to be perfectly honest, it was more Mimi singing “Fuego” as herself than it was Mimi imitating Eleni.
Despite that, Eleni praised Mimi: “Trust me, what she did is very difficult”. Call it a case of the Saara Aalto curse — Mimi also finished second on the night.
Eurovision will be present again in next week’s TCMS gala, when Brays Efe (the actor behind Netflix’s Paquita Salas) imitates Netta.
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