She placed third at Gala Eurovisión with her duet with eventual winner Miki.
But now months after that show, Natalia is back in the Eurovision headlines.
That’s because the songwriter of Natalia’s other national final song – “La Clave” – Merche says none of the Operación Triunfo acts wanted to go to Eurovision.
Speaking to El Confidencial Merche says the experience felt like a “waste of time”:
“I had a great time composing, but when we got there we realized that none of the kids wanted to go to Eurovision. They made a kind of boycott of all the songs. What started as an exciting thing, ended up being a ‘plof’ for everyone. None of the artists had the slightest intention of going to the festival.
“I thought: why have I wasted my time? I do not understand anything. We were excited that our song was going to Eurovision, but our singer did not … She (Natalia) told us that she was going to sing the song, but that she did not want to go to the festival, that she felt it, and she asked her fans to vote for another one. When I arrived, I was surprised.”
Now Natalia has hit back in her own interview.
Speaking in Je Ne Sais Pop, Natalia says Merche’s comments have left her feeling “unnecessarily attacked”.
“There was never any intention of boycott on our part. I’m very sorry that you think that. There was no such intention on our part.”
Speaking for herself, she said she was reluctant to go to Eurovision because of her lack of experience.
“It seems to me a responsibility, and I think you have to have a foundation as an artist, a career, something to back you up, for which I do not feel prepared. I am a Girl. I have never worked. I’m the most amateur in the world. I would prefer that the Eurovision act was a more prepared person than me, that they knew what they were doing and that it was with their own song.”
Unsurprisingly she also says she won’t sing “La Clave” again.
What do you think? Do you think there was a boycott or do you think like Natalia the other acts felt they lacked experience? Let us know in the comments below!