Drama and Spain are like twin sisters that parents insist on dressing the same way. And the family reunion is almost here! After an intense online voting period, a wave of criticism and the selection of the ten finalists, the OT 2018 Eurovision Gala is now full steam ahead.

Earlier this week, Eurovision-Spain reported that the Spanish national final for Eurovision 2019 will take place on January 20. It’s right around the corner! 

From choreographers to vocal coaches, RTVE and Gestmusic are throwing everything in the fire in the hopes a spark of success will emerge from it.

All ten finalists have started producing the final versions of their songs with composers, and rehearsals are well underway for this year’s gala in Barcelona.

Noelia – “Hoy vuelvo a reír outra vez” rehearsal

Miki – “La venda” rehearsal

Sabela – “Hoy Soñaré” rehearsal

María – “Muérdeme” rehearsal

Natalia – “La clave” rehearsal

Marilia – “Todo bien” rehearsal

Miki and Natalia – “Nadia se salva” rehearsal

Julia – “Que quieres que haga?” rehearsal

Carlos Right – “Nunca fui” rehearsal

Famous – “No puedo más” rehearsal

Shock! El Sueño de Morfeo wrote “Muérdeme”

Together with the full line-up, RTVE has released some information about the composers of the songs, and there are several familiar faces. But the ones that shocked everyone were David Feito and Juan Suárez. They are two-thirds of El Sueño de Morfeo, and they are amongst the composers of “Muérdeme”, the Latin hit that María is singing.

They are not the only composers who have some experience at Eurovision. Behind Natalia’s “La clave”, we find Ander Pérez, who also wrote Spain’s 2003 entry “Dime”. The fact that “La clave” sounds like a contemporary to that song is something we can talk about later.

Together with Ander Pérez, there’s Merche, a fairly popular singer in Spain who was a big name last decade. She competed in Spain’s National Selection in 2001, where she came sixth. Rosa Martínez and Nuria Azzouzi are the other composers of this song, and they also participated in “Muérdeme”.

As for Noelia’s entry, Álex Ubago and Jacobo Calderón are behind it. Álex Ubago is a popular singer-songwriter, who is known for his moody, melancholic music.

Jacobo Calderón is a quite prolific songwriter who has collaborated with artists like Raphael, David Bisbal, Alejandro Sanz, and Eurovision stars Pastora Soler and Sergio Dalma. He’s the son of Juan Carlos Calderón, who wrote Paloma San Basilio’s Eurovision 1985 song ‘La fiesta terminó’. It placed 14th in the final.

What do you think of the first rehearsals? Any standout before the gala on January 20? Tell us in the comment section below!   

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Vanuatu
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Vanuatu

Juan Carlos Calderón (father of Jacobo Calderón, composer of Noelia’s song), also wrote “Eres tú” (Mocedades, 2nd at eurovision), and “Vuelve Conmigo” (Anabel Conde, 2nd as well). He also wrote Paloma San Basilio’s one, as you comented, but it was his less successfull one in eurovision. He almost won twice 😉

Ogie
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Ogie

Wow! RESPECT!! 2 CLASSICS. THE BEST OF SPAIN.
alex ubagoooooooo 🙂

Jose
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Jose

Sorry again, but ‘Vuelve Conmigo’ was composed by José María Purón. In addition to Juan Carlos Calderón credits in Eurovision we have ‘Tu volverás’ by Sergio y Estibaliz and ‘Nacida para amar’ by Nina (which was also sung by Luis Miguel with the title ‘Amante del amor’). Calderón is one of the greatest composers in Spanish music.

Vanuatu
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Vanuatu

You are right, my bad, i always confuse Purón and Calderón 😛

Fefe
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Fefe

Can any Spanish speaker comment on the Miki video as in what they are saying? Love La Venda. 🙂

Vanuatu
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Vanuatu

On the sofa, Miki likes the song and they agree they have to bring a party to the stage and then on the vocal coach session, they remark that both lows and highs sound plain and powerless on miki’s voice so he should work on them.

Fefe
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Fefe

thanks! I heard somewhere that Miki doesn’t also want to go like Maria so I’m glad he likes the song 🙂

Vanuatu
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Vanuatu

Both María and Miki like their songs, and they want to win money with them this summer (wich im sure they’ll do). But they both (and Natalia should be included here as well, as should be Alba (already eliminated)) don’t want to go to eurovision. The reason? Only they know it, but Maria and Natalia said publicly that they don’t want to go to Israel (you may understand that for security or political reasons and how they treat palestinian…). But it’s just an excuse to my eyes. My guess is that they just fear ending in a bottom place like… Read more »

Espainoitpoints
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Espainoitpoints

y’all! they are practicing with the main bases. that’s why marias’ song sounds like that. this isn’t the final version 😉

eurovision6
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eurovision6

I almost want Maria to go just because she has a problem with Israel, maybe she can have some anti Israel propaganda with her staging. Would be tempting to vote for her if so. After hearing these versions I agree that “Nadie se salva” could be a good entry but I still want “La clave” for Eurovision

Sal
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Sal

Imagine trying to make a song called ‘bite me’ political…

Katariina
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Katariina

“Nadie se salva” is quickly becoming my new favourite. Still love “La venda” though, but I still expect “Muérdeme” to win.

Vanuatu
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Vanuatu

I agree. For me the 2 best optionts for spaniards so far would be “Nadie se salva” and “Hoy sonaré”. On the other hand, i’m looking forward to listen to all complete songs in studio. i dont thinki it will end as bad as it seemed when 1 minute demos.

josh
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josh

Nadie se salva omg <3 could be a dark horse and beat Muérdeme

ur mum
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ur mum

1. it’s nadie not nadia
2. i believe you put the video for se te nota under the name of nunca fui
3. NADIE SE SALVA FOR TEL AVIV

Tamara Gachechiladze
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Tamara Gachechiladze

Who wrote these songs? Why does Spain like to self-sabotage every year?

Sal
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Sal

If Maria has such an issue with Israel then why doesn’t she **** *** already

aaron
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aaron

I swear to god if María sabotages the entry by putting forward that horrendous version that she rehearsed Spain should force her to go to Eurovision on principle.

That version is horrific, it’s a dead last place song, it lacks the oomph the demo had. Someone please reassure me this is just a temporary situation.

Aarón
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Aarón

The version of muerdeme that we can listen in the vídeo isn’t the final one, the final one will be recorded tomorrow and we will listen on 18th, next friday, so there’s no drama, also that happens Edith the another songs.

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Miki and natalia,miki,natalia,julia are the best

Sasha
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Sasha

Maria’s attitude screams she does not want to do it lol 🙁 I still like her song tho

KESC
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KESC

Still Muérdeme, however I really like La Venda as well. 🙂

suomieurovision
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suomieurovision

Marías song now sounds soooo bad, why they changed the tone?? someone explain pleaase

Roma
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Roma

Because she doesn’t want to go to Israel and the best way to avoid it is to destroy the song.

suomieurovision
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suomieurovision

why she won’t to go :(?

Vanuatu
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Vanuatu

because she is an spoiled brat, who thinks she is on top of the world right now and eurovision will only make her fall.

Sasha
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Sasha

I agree with you Roma! I am sure she wants to go great, I do not think she wants to fail completely, but her attitude is so weird. It is like they tortured her to be there xD

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She wanted to participate in OT, but she never expected to get the most-liked song for Eurovision of them all. Note that not every OT participant is supposed to like the ESC as winning OT as a contest has no relation with Eurovision participation whatsoever (it did in the early 2000s, before it got removed).
However, it’s being said that Maria’s issue has apparently more to see with Israel than with the contest itself, but who knows.

Liv
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Liv

she doesn’t want to go!.
And even if she wants a little..to go….
Do you trust her as a singer to do her best? No.
The way she handled of saying no or going,
says it all.
It feels like it was a test for the fans, so she can stay relevant. Fiy she knew she had fans!.
And again..it is how she handled saying no.

Dani
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Dani

That’s not the final version. It’s just a base they’r using just to rehearsal. The final version is being recorded tomorrow.