Earlier this month, Spain’s Miki revealed the final, re-mastered version of his Eurovision 2019 song “La venda”. The blindfold finally fell and we were finally able to feast our eyes on a colourful music video and our ears on the revamped song.
The energy from the national final version remains as do the trumpets. However, the new version proves to be a bit more pop and a little less brass band. In some ways the song has moved from “Miki singing to an audience” to “audience singing along with Miki”. This fiesta is for everyone.
Of course, not everyone is feeling the revamp. Some say that it’s far too polished and that it’s lost its party vibe. Given all the chatter, we just had to watch and react.
In my mind party songs like this are meant to be heard live. After all, it’s better to attend a fiesta than it is to watch it on YouTube, right? Many of the complaints about the revamp may stem from the fact people were simply accustomed to hearing the original. In any case, Miki is ultimately the strongest part of this package. And he’ll most definitely be on top form when he hits that stage come May.
What do our readers think of the ‘La venda’ revamp?
Joe is living for this. “People saying Cyprus has the bop of the year need to come back to this,” he wrote on the wiwibloggs post revealing the revamp. “The production has gotten much tighter and still has a lot of energy. The raw energy and joy of the initial performance was great, but you’ve gotta get tighter for the contest itself, and Spain have obviously put thought into making it look and sound as professional as possible.”
It’s all giving him hope for the stage show. “And while I was initially confused as to how Fokas Evangelios would work with something significantly less intense than, say, You Are the Only One, his work shines through here and I can see what he’s doing with it. Miki still strikes me as a lovable guy and genuinely excited to be going to Eurovision (more so than Maria ever seemed at the prospect), and if the pure unadulterated happiness translates to the big stage, Spain are revving up for their best entry in many years.”
Mr. Vanilla Bean isn’t really vibing with that take. “RTVE is at it again. What made ‘La venda’ good for me is that the original version felt so organic and true to the message. I gotta be honest, this revamp is a step down for me. The original version would still be in my top 10, but now that I have to rate this version, I am less enthusiastic. It did not [need] a revamp, it was good for what it was.”
“Got no problem with the revamp,” Briekimchi writes. “Still, this goes as far as the live performance will take it. Going to be a challenge of getting that energy from the smaller arena matched by the ESC arena.”
Katavasia says: |”They just buried him right behind Barei and Almaia. Absolutely lifeless sleepy version no way I’ll vote for. Luca will get a better result than this crippled La Venda. That was the last time I was rooting for Spain.”
Do you prefer the original or the revamp? Do you think the changes will in anyone impact where this finishes on the big night? Let us know down below!