In 2018, Spanish sweethearts Amaia and Alfred melted hearts with their performance of “Tu canción”. Now, over a year later, Amaia Romero has opened up about her Eurovision experience and the regret she now holds.
Speaking to S Moda magazine, the Operación Triunfo 2017 winner bluntly said, “I would rather not have gone to Eurovision.”
But she’s not just saying it to be provocative. Amaia went on to explain: “I had a bad time because we did not stop giving interviews, doing a lot of things and I just wanted to sing.”
Her comments echo recent comments from Eurovision fans who have started to worry that the increased media requirements are starting to take their toll on Eurovision acts and have called for a less full-on schedule.
But Eurovision is becoming a distant memory for Amaia. She recently released her second solo single “El Relámpago” (“The Lightning”) and on Friday will release the follow-up “Nadie Podría Hacerlo” (“No-one Could Do It”).
In the interview, Amaia also spoke about how she likes to keep a natural look, with minimal make-up and natural hair colour. In her quest to keep it real, Amaia has also turned down most of the commercial opportunities that come her way. Her focus is now on music and singing. Amaia’s debut album is expected later this year.
Meanwhile, Amaia’s Eurovision singing partner (and now ex-boyfriend) Alfred Garcia has released a new music video.
“Wonder” is the second track off his debut album 1016 and his first English-language solo release. The song seems to be a break-up anthem, as he muses “And I wonder if you wonder about me”.
The video is full of striking imagery. Alfred is an astronaut on a strange planet. He comes across himself as a Christ-like character on a cross, then finds Alfred the slick entertainer standing in front of a stack of his debut LP, burning in the alien landscape. ¡Qué simbólico!
The song also has vocals by Spanish singer Pavvla, who brings a more subdued presence to the video. The single takes Alfred in a bold new direction, far removed from the sweet love ballad singer of Lisbon.
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