Miki

¡Ya está! Spain has picked its Eurovision 2019 representative and it is Miki with the song “La Venda”. The OT Eurovision Gala is now over, and the true Eurodrama can commence!

But it’s been a night full of Eurodrama as always in Spain. We’ve had a show lasting over two hours, where nine of the 16 OT 2018 contestants performed 10 songs. In the end, after a single round of televoting, Miki was announced as the winner.

He was a pre-contest favourite of ours. Wiwiblogger Robyn named him her winner, writing:

“There’s something very likeable about Miki. During OT, his best performances were the big entertaining numbers where it felt like he was really getting the party started. ‘La venda’ is one of those songs. It’s a fun bop, it’s distinctly Spanish, and brings an infectious sense of joy. If this works live (and there’s no reason to suspect it won’t), it will be a very good choice for Spain to take to Tel Aviv.”

William and Deban also reacted very kindly in their very first reaction video (at bottom).

The full results are as follow:

  1. Miki with “La Venda” – 34%
  2. María with “Muérdeme” – 22%
  3. Miki and Natalia with “Nadie se salva” – 14%
  4. Noelia with “Hoy vuelvo a reír otra vez” – 7%
  5. Natalia with “La clave” – 6%
  6. Marilia with “Todo bien” – 6%kious with “No puedo más” – 5%
  7. Julia with “Qué quieres que haga” – 3%
  8. Sabela with “Hoy soñaré” – 2%
  9. Carlos Right with “Se te nota” – 1%

Our reaction to Spain’s Eurovision 2019 act

The Spanish public — and the public alone — picked Miki and “La venda” and he will now fly to Tel Aviv in May.

Marilia kicked off the night, while María was the last to perform. Here’s the running order for the night.

  1. Marilia – “Todo bien”
  2. Sabela – “Hoy soñaré”
  3. Famous – “No puedo más”
  4. Natalia – “La clave”
  5. Julia – “Qué quieres que haga”
  6. Miki – “La venda”
  7. Noelia – “Hoy vuelvo a reír otra vez”
  8. Carlos Right – “Se te nota”
  9. Natalia & Miki – “Nadie se salva”
  10. María – “Muérdeme”

Many familiar faces appeared on tonight’s show. We’re conscious you only care about Eleni performing “Fuego” and “Tómame”, but there was also Pastora Soler and “Toy” composer Doron Medalie in the jury, as well as Spain’s commentator Tony Aguilar. And also, Alfred did show up… but no Amaia. Eurodrama much?

Do you think Spain made a wise choice? Is La Venda your favourite entry? Who would have you picked instead? Are you ready for more Eurodrama in the months to come? Tell us in the comment section below!

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Erik
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Erik

Weak song. average voice. average personality, average staging.

These are ingredients for a bottom 5 ranking.

zeev
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zeev

good and fun song, welcome to tel aviv

CRAIG
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CRAIG

They will need to up the staging for Eurovision and I don’t see the juries giving this much love. That said, it’s a decent, up beat song that might get some tele votes.

Lucy
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Lucy

well, that was terrible, but it’s spain… another mediocre song with a mediocre voice. bottom 5 again. next

AngieP
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AngieP

It was the best performance of the night, no doubt about it. He was cheerful, happy, energetic, he really enjoyed it and so did we. Maybe it’s not the most amazing song we’ve heard, but it’s catchy, it’s up-beat, it draws you in. You want to dance and have fun. For me, Spain made the right choice among the songs it had. Personally, what I want to hear from Spain is that energy, the positive vibes, the “allegria” Spanish culture has. Can it do well at Eurovision? I think it can, if they do the right staging. I really liked… Read more »

Matthew
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Matthew

Weak vocals, it’s repetition comes across as tedious, this feels like a Spanish entry from 2008, they can’t keep that staging for the contest, although I appreciate the performance I saw may have been after he won (which may explain his breathlessness, but I’m not letting those vocals off entirely) but they need to be really careful with their staging, it sounds like maybe it has some appeal to Mediterranean countries (but maybe that’s Spain hyping their own entry like they’ve been known to do) but they’re treading the line of a joke act to the rest of Europe. I… Read more »

Skrim
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Skrim

You must be happy because Spain doesn’t have pop music in English like most of the Scandinavian countries or central-eastern Europe. This song will receive many votes from the Mediterranean countries.

dual lipper
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dual lipper

very generic and bland, it’s not particularly catchy either

Michèle
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Michèle

Typical Spanish bop you would hear on Spanish radio in the summer-nothing special but he has a lot of charm and presence which will help it – once they get the pretty chaotic staging right! From the initial 1 minute clips of the songs that were released a while back I would have gone for La Clave but it really didn’t work for me last night.

Denis
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Denis

Spain is the only Big 5 country that has no interest in winning, or even doing well, it seems

jonkonfui
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jonkonfui

Apart form the UK you mean?

Nikko
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Nikko

Here we go again. Spanish people will hype it again and then disappointment starts. This song is good for Spain, it will finish better than the last songs but please don’t spam the comments with your excitement!

TheDrMistery
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TheDrMistery

It needs some polishing in terms of stage presentation but it has potential to do something great. So did “Tu canción” last year so let’s hope it will turn out better. I get vibes of France 2010. Is it just me that there were some “Baila El Chiki-Chiki” similarities in melody there?

Datme
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Datme

Did my comment get deleted? I just pointed out that Famous’ name and ranking was not typed out correctly in the article.

Grace
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Grace

My fave won!

garfieldsonic
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garfieldsonic

I don’t get the hate for this song or Miki, but whatever. I don’t care cuz I thought this song was great! While it does have the stereotypical upbeat uptempo party Spanish song you might hear in Spain or Latin America, I still think it’s a great song with great lyrics, and a great singer. I hope that the Spanish delegation does not screw things up again with the staging in May because I think this may be a chance for Spain to get back to its former glory and become a great Eurovision country again. La venda is way… Read more »

garfieldsonic
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garfieldsonic

I said this in another post and since this kind of relates back to that comment, I’ll add this here too: So, after thinking, I’ve also decided to add Portugal to the countries that I hope will continue to do better in Eurovision and have great songs, great staging, and great singers! So, with that being said, I hope Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Ireland, and United Kingdom all do really well in Eurovision from now on, and continue to do so because (as biased as this may sound) really love these countries and want to visit them someday and I… Read more »

Alkisti
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Alkisti

I don’t like that so much. But at least it’s sung entirely in Spanish.

L’oiseau
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L’oiseau

Muchas felicidades para 2019!!! I get the enthusiasm of the Spanish public. This kind of songs are very popular in Spain and Latin America. His atitude and energy is very modern and fresh. He should improve the vocals, though. I am not sure if this can come across to the general viewer…I wouldn’t put my money for it for Top 5. But maybe because this kind of music is not my cup of tea…

Dorian
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Dorian

I will 4 ever traumatised that lo malo was not chosen last year. But i will never give up on spain.

Arwe
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Arwe

I like the song, it’s catchy and cheerful! Too early to give any predictions.
I don’t understand this hate towards Spain on this website, yes, they are sometimes overreacting in supporting of their entry, so what? But, they don’t offend anyone else and make disgusting hate speech, like I often saw in Wiwibloggs comments section.
I hope that this year Wiwibloggs will pay more attention to hate speach and trolling in their comment section.
Regards from ESC fan.

Currikitaum
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Currikitaum

We’ve been hoping that for years and still this gets flooded by hater comments against Spanish fans (and also against Greek, Polish, Romanian and Albanian fans sometimes). No one seems to have an issue with eurofans overreacting to every singer from Scandinavian countries tho, so I suppose their problem is not in the music but in the countries.

jPod
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jPod

I don’t understand why there’s a lot of hate for Miki. The song is uplifting, catchy and radio-friendly. The performance was energetic and full of life. ?????

María was like Asanda from the UK’s selection last year. The song was catchy and radio-friendly, but the performance was over-the-top and not the best. ?

Accept it, people. Move on.

oli
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oli

I was also very disappointed with Maria’s attitude. Girl, we all know you didn’t like the song/project.. but that performance? It was lackluster and amateurish. Natalia, on the other hand, took the opportunity and turned it out into her advantage to gain visibility and show her skills. I haven’t followed OT but now I am curious about what Natalia will be serving in the future, becuaseI liked her perfomance very much (fierce). That is what makes an artist great, to take all the opportunities given to them, even if they are not super passionate about it, and make the best… Read more »

JeyDelRey
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JeyDelRey

I completely agree with you. While I liked La clave studio version, I thought it would not be the best option for Spain. But honestly, she sold it live. She was my second favorite right after Miki. Natalia, on stage, is unstoppable. She took an okay song and turned it into something brilliant. I’m really excited to see what she’ll do in the future and I hope she’ll get a record deal. That girl is fantastic.

filipko54
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filipko54

for me there were better songs, but I like it much more than the last year’s song, so I am satisfied and I don’t understand your hate against Spain, luckily wiwibloggs readers don’t decide the results 😀

Max
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Max

definitely the best choice Spain could’ve made, from the moment Miki performed La venda I knew it would be the best performance of the night, I think it will stand out at ESC and I REALLY hope it can do well, wouldn’t be surprised if this stays in my top 10 and gets one of my votes in Israel, good job Spain!

Nitzan
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Nitzan

A great song and the obvious choice for Spain. The Israeli crowd will LOVE it I believe it will be a summer hit over here. Good luck Spain!

Dorian
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Dorian

They already love him. Not just miki!.
We liked all songs. Good job spain.

Mark
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Mark

I don’t know about that costume.

Dave
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Dave

Maybe some of you need help to overcome your hate towards Spain. They send a ballad? Crap, bottom 5. They send a dancing song? Crap, overrated, bottom 5. They send a catchy, fun song? Crap, overrated, bottom five. And not only that, but you really try to put them down with the worst words you can say. While we all know how some Spanish fans are, it is not a reason to attack their song. For me, it is a catchy and fun song that will habe everyone dancing (https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=noBOEHp2Xfc) and that people will remember, so maybe some of you… Read more »

JustAnotherFan
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JustAnotherFan

Thankyou

Bella
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Bella

Spain has indeed sent different genres over the last couple years, but that’s not the problem: regardless of the genre, most of the recent Spanish entries were either middle-of-the-way or just plain bad. Doesn’t matter if RTE changes the genre, just send something good! I’ve lived in Sevilla for a couple years, Spain is forever in my heart and I know that the music industry there is very vivid and diverse. I would love for Spain to do well, or maybe even win, but for some reason the Spanish entries at Eurovision always end up being meh, even to me.… Read more »

Dorian
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Dorian

No! You are wrong. We know spain can do better than that. They don’t need to give up. Miki will break the cycle, and than spain will be more motivated to do better and smarter(pick those who wants to go and care and ready, and those who does not want to talk about politics of other countries. ).

sognomio
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sognomio

how can you say spain will be in botton 5 if we only know 2 songs for Eurovision? their hate to Spain eats away their heart

Lucy
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Lucy

I mean, i thought the same thing about amaia and alfred and Finland, and i was right..

ESCFan2009
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ESCFan2009

The real question of the evening is: Why did Famous’ backings use the micros of Lighthouse X? 😀

AndersP
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AndersP

I really like this song, but i do feel like it’s one of those that’ll either do very well (top 10) or crash and burn (I hope it’s the former). Let’s hope the Spanish delegation don’t do their usual trick of putting on a terrible stage performance for a good song though, because that’s almost an inevitability with Spain. Keep it authentic like the performance in the video and it’ll do well.

salomé
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salomé

The staging will be crap, as usual; but at least I hope we bring some fun to the festival. I think it represents very well the typical spanish party-fun mood. We do not expect to win, or at least me, but at least I hope it brings a smile to all the people who will be watching the show. Smiles are expensive this days and we are supossed to be a country that produce many of them. Hope you enjoy it. Good luck to everybody.

Jonkonfui
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Jonkonfui

It depends on Europe’s mood this year for La Venda to score decently or be a total flop.
Is Europe in a deep and thoughtful Jamalian mood? Or maybe a party alternative- ish Nettian one? Maybe a sensitive with a drop of cheesy Sobralian one?. We will see. Stay tuned

Lars
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Lars

Many hating people think La Venda is tacky and overhyped yet I bet many of you enjoy Dancing Lasha Tumbai so much.

Rafal
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Rafal

Total flop, it’s a Circus not song. I don’t really get the Spanish fans enthuziastic reaction for this. First candidate for the last place.

GABRIEL ROSADO SERRADILLA
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GABRIEL ROSADO SERRADILLA

Fist candidate to the last place? we will see. your hate does not see the realty.Circus is with animal and this is a party and nice song as others in Eurovision Contest that had sucess

Eduxtek
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Eduxtek

I get what you are saying, here in Portugal this is the type of song that we usually hear in some “cheap” festivals and they all sound the same. Though i believe the rest of Europe is not used to this type of song and they like it. Nevertheless i believe that this will do well at Eurovision(Maybe top 10). But is not even close to the winner level. Because it is not different and is kind of the definition of “Fast food music”. To sum up, Musically this song is not good, but will provide some diversity and a… Read more »

Geo
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Geo

Every year Spanish fans say the same thing, top 10 for sure. I remember last year that madness with Alfred and Amaya and their faux romance, Spain wad topping every poll here and there and guess what, bottom 5 as usual. It will happen’ again this year, mark my words…

oli
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oli

What does this song have to be with Alfred and Amaia? I don’t see the connection

Jonkonfui
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Jonkonfui

I have criticized many time the Spanish fans for being too passionate bordering hooliganism but let them be. What is wrong in them liking their song?

oli
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oli

Agree, what’s wrong with being passionate and supporting your country? On the other hand, this is not your typical song the eurofans tend to love, so maybe this year there is no overhyping and the other countries have the chance to hack the polls as well (Albanian friends… I am looking into your direction ^^ )

truth or lies
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truth or lies

theres a difference between being passionate and annoying.

sognomio
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sognomio

It is normal that the fans of every country support its song. What is the problems? Let te people have illusiuon and hope. Botton 5? never. mark my words. Faux romance with amaia and alfred? boy, in life everything has a beginning and an end

Rasmus
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Rasmus

Top 15 for sure i think:). And for Spain thats a good thing. I cant say no more when so little songs are chosen 🙂

Efraim
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Efraim

There is hope for Spain!

oli
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oli

Funny, happy song that the eurofan will hate but the usual viewer will like, in the fashion of Alcohol is Free, Boonika Bate Toba or We Are the Winners (LT 06). I can easily see a Top 10 placement for this song.

West
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West

Good song – I had it in my top 3 even. My only problem with it is that is sounds like someone sped up the song, so now it’s super fast. Still I like it.

NickC
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NickC

I say it may be in the 15-20 zone, rather than the usual 20-25.

Popyy
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Popyy

Spanish fans are gonna hype it again…Jesus…

Ana María
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Ana María

We are going to win in Tel Aviv. If people say no, you are just jealous because we have the best song. No new songs that will release will be better than La venda. Spain is the best. We win! A lot of haters here I see. Jealous much? Spain winner 2019. Madrid 2020!

Joseph
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Joseph

Send better songs and then we’ll see.

Rafal
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Rafal

I have Done a screenshot of your comments and Will post it here right after the Eurovision final when this Will get bottom 5 placing?

Roy Moreno
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Roy Moreno

What was Famous’ score?
I think you forgot to write it

ESCFan2009
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ESCFan2009

He scored 5 % 🙂 It stands right after and under Marilla with a little typo.

Meliris
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Meliris

Good choice, the only decent song of this selection and so much better than last year’s.

Bella
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Bella

This sounds like some tacky football anthem that drunk supporters would sing in a bar, in the middle of two rounds of beers. Pretty painful to listen to.

ewe
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ewe

Alcohol is Free m8

Popyy
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Popyy

I wonder how jury will react to this…Really cheesy.

Paul
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Paul

Nothing wrong with a football anthem!

Jonkonfui
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Jonkonfui

Better this than some deep and serious, mystical thing that everyone seemed to love in a o-mine-what-a-masterpiece way and almost immediatly forget about. How was Jamala’s 1944 melody?

Bella
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Bella

What’s your point? If it’s “serious/mystical” (what does that even mean?), people “immediately forget about it”? And if it’s some drunken mess, people remember it forever? Please… Nothing wrong with a football anthem, at least if it’s a good one. This one is not. And I personally remember 1944 perfectly, very trippy, very classy, very Portishead-y.

Anyway, I just don’t like it. But if you do, feel free to listen to it on repeat. That’s the point of music. 😉

Lucy
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Lucy

oh dear. are you pretending that la venda has a melody? and at least jamala could sing. This guy sounds like a drunk guy at a karaoke night.

Joe
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Joe

This one has a wonderful energy to it. Don’t know how the juries are gonna like it (this is a televote-friendly entry if I ever saw one), but I’m a fan. This is the most engaged I’ve been with a Spanish entry in quite a while, and I think if he keeps the energy up in Tel Aviv, he’ll bring the house down.
(I’ll also say this is a great “big” entry: the opener or the closer. In either case, I could see it doing well).

Jo.
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Jo.

If they get 1st half, Spain will be opening the grand final.

stan
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stan

are yall kidding me? it’s worse than last year

Rumpelstiltskin
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Rumpelstiltskin

But ask any Spaniard here, and they think it’s worth 11 Grammys or something.

Jonkonfui
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Jonkonfui

I am Spaniard. I dont particularly like this song but I do not think it is that bad either. I do not understand why attacking Spanish fans bc they like it. Let them be.

Jonkonfui
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Jonkonfui

After watching the performance in youtube a couple of times i must say i am starting to particularly like it.

CookieNation
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CookieNation

I’m Spanish as well and I don’t particularly like it, but it wasn’t a bad choice either from the little that was available.

Andres
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Andres

@Rumpelstiltskin
1st. I’m a Spaniard.
2nd. I don’t like the song.
3rd. That song got 34% of the votes. 66% of the audience liked other choices.

Please, stop generalizing.
Thank you.

Niels
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Niels

Not even the finale! Even worse than an holliday-summer-hit.

Glorious Chaos
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Glorious Chaos

The level of delusion in the comment section is far too much.

Yssy
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Yssy

Spain voted well but i would hold off before you guys think you will win. Many songs are still left to hear.

Javier
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Javier

I think Neolia Franco’s “Hoy Vuelvo A Reír Otra Vez” deserves to win. Her voice is so powerful!

Cocooo
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Cocooo

Don’t understand the criticism here in the comments. I think the song was the best one of the entire line up on tonight’s gala. It’s fun, catchy, makes you want to dance. If they get a good start number in the final, and create a nice staging in Tel Aviv it can do pretty well.