Let the Eurodrama begin! Spain’s selection for Eurovision is getting ever closer with the reveal of the titles of the songs that the OT contestants will sing.
RTVE shocked everyone today with this unexpected announcement regarding Eurovision. Here are the titles of all 17 competing songs:
- Alba – “¿Qué será luego?” (What will be next?)
- Carlos Right – “Se te nota” (It shows/Everyone can tell)
- Carlos Right – “Nunca fui” (I was never)
- Damion – “Sale” (It comes out)
- Famous – “No puedo más” (I can’t anymore)
- Joan and Marilia – “A tu lado” (By your side)
- Julia – “¿Qué quieres que haga?” (What do you want me to do?)
- María – “Muérdeme” (Bite me)
- Marilia – “Todo bien” (All good)
- Marta – “Vuelve” (Come back)
- Miki – “La venda” (The blindfold)
- Miki – “El equilibrio” (The equilibrium)
- Miki and Natalia – “Nadie se salva” (Nobody’s safe)
- Natalia – “La clave” (The key)
- Noelia – “Hoy vuelvo a reir otra vez” (I’m laughing again today)
- Sabela – “Dímelo de frente” (Say it to me directly)
- Sabela – “Hoy soñaré” (I’ll dream today)
That’s it, 17 entries for 13 of the 16 contestants. The only OT acts who are out of the race are África, Alfonso and Dave. Some of the competing acts have multiple entries. Miki will face a tough week having to record three songs, much like Sabela and Natalia, who have two songs each.
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The songs, as explained by RTVE
In their official statement, RTVE elaborated on the entries, like the genre and the type of songs they are. Noelia’s “Hoy vuelvo a reír otra vez”, Marta’s “Vuelve” and Carlos Right’s “Nunca me fui” are apparently romantic songs. Although they don’t explicitly say it, it’s not difficult to anticipate that Joan and Marilia’s duet “A tu lado” will be of that kind too.
Julia’s “¿Qué quieres que haga?” is a flamenco ballad, while Alba Reche’s “¿Qué será luego?” is closer to soul music, although it has some Latin elements. That’s a quite an interesting mix, just like Famous’ “No puedo más” — a mid-tempo entry with gospel edge.
Both Sabela’s “Dímelo de frente” and Carlos’ “Se te nota” are pop entries: Sabela’s got some electronic arrangement, while Carlos’ is a bit more Latin. Two very different entries for Sabela apparently, because her other song “Hoy soñaré” has an “ethnic and chilled out” sound.
Miki will have to show his versatility, as his three songs come from different genres: “La venda” contains rumba and ska references, while “El equilibrio” is more of an indie rock number, and his duet with Natalia “Nadie se salva” appears to be an upbeat song, judging from their reaction.
Natalia’s song “La clave” has been defined as “Spanish pop with urban touches” (Rosalía anyone?) while María’s “Muérdeme” is the “sexiest song” of the bunch. Not hard to believe, given it’s a song called “bite me”.
The two weirdest combinations a priori would be Damion’s “Sale” which mixes pop and dancehall, and Marilia’s “Todo bien” a danceable tune with Brazilian funk tunes.
Okay, yes, but can we hear the entries?
And now the big question: Can we listen to the songs? No! Not until next Thursday, when all entries will be released. Also, the contestants will not be able to say anything until then, and that is bound to be a nightmare for them.
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Some of them have already started commenting a bit. Apparently, all of Miki’s entries are upbeat, while his duet with Natalia has a well-known composer, as he’s recognised him or her from the recording. Famous said he was left speechless with his song, while Alba says she loves the lyrics and she’s trying hard not to hum it. Sabela commented she’ll have to use a lower tone for one of the entries and Julia quite likes her entry too.
The director of the academy, Noemí Galera, explained how things will go: all songs will be released on Thursday the 20th, and then an online vote will open. The three most popular entries will qualify for the Eurovision gala, and then RTVE will internally pick up to another seven songs.
But will we hear the full songs? No, that will be a demo, and we’ll only listen to a minute. So… will we actually listen to the songs before of the actual Eurovision gala in January? Who knows!
Are you excited for next Thursday? What do you expect from the entries? Who do you think will be behind the song titles? Any shock? Any duet you’ll miss? Tell us in the comment section below!