Spain is calling, and this time the call comes from one of Spain’s most try-hard Eurovision artists Rebeca Pous. Good news for everyone who is thirsty for euro-drama: this call is juicy and dripping with the hottest Spanish tea. That’s té, honey.
In a recent interview with Formula TV — Spain’s leading site devoted to television — Rebeca claimed that if things repeatedly don’t work out for Spain at Eurovision, then you should listen to the fans who, in her mind, understand what’s going on a bit better than those in charge.
— FormulaTV (@FormulaTV) June 30, 2020
Rebeca has tried to represent Spain at Eurovision not once, not twice, not three times, but four times, matching the much-loved Mirela (who finished second in her last participation to represent the Iberian Nation and who found herself in one of the biggest dramas and punch-ups in Spain’s recent Eurovision history). Rebeca made her attempts in 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010. In 2007, she actually co-wrote the song for D’Nash, who went to the contest. Now grab your napkins, because it’s time to spill all the hot beverages in this house.
D’NASH’s “I Love You Mi Vida’ was meant for Rebeca?
“I Love You My Vida” — the entry that D’Nash performed in Helsinki — could have had another fate. Rebeca wrote the song together with Tony Sánchez-Ohlsson and apparently it was written with her voice in mind. As Rebeca tells Formula TV, “Thomas G:Son invited us to his home in Stockholm as he wanted to record his song with me“.
According to Rebeca, the song also sounded better recorded with a female voice and it really showcased her passion. She also revealed that the original ideas for staging for D’NASH had to be parked. They were apparently more interesting and ambitious, but couldn’t be seen through to completion.
Rebeca’s participation in Spain’s 2007 selection process — Misión Eurovision — got her all the way to the semi-final with her song “Que no daría yo”. Her 10th place finish was not enough to move forward. She was left behind as Mirela and D’NASH, along with four other hopefuls, advanced. She did, however, manage to fly to Helsinki along with D’NASH as part of the team that co-wrote the song. She described it as “the most exciting thing I’ve experienced in my life.”
Acknowledging that Spain has placed in the Bottom 5 four years in a row, and in a position less than 20th five times running, Rebeca tells Formula TV that it’s not really the singer that’s the issue. “It’s not really whether the Spanish representatives are better or worse, but it’s that the song doesn’t reflect Europe’s taste.”
“Not all high positions have to last forever, and if things don’t work out and results don’t come together, one has to listen to the fans, and those who understand.”
Yes, girl wants RTVE to hand out some pink slips. She adds that while she likes Toñi Prieto — RTVE’s Entertainment Director — she’s also scared of her. Speaking humorously, she says she thinks Toni has condemned her for remarks she made in the aftermath of Objetivo Eurovision 2017 — remembered as one of Spain’s most explosive euro-dramas.
From RTVE to the Spanish Parliament, the heat of Objetivo Eurovision spread across the country. Rebeca let her feelings be known at the time. As she admits, “I jumped all in when Objetivo Eurovision happened, and I don’t regret it.” At the time, Rebeca called the event an absolute shame, while claiming it was not the only Spanish Eurovision process where there had been alleged fraud. She added Misión Eurovision 2007 to the list. “Things were way too fishy, and I think we’ve had it up to now.”
From 2007 to 2017 to today — her relationship with Toñi Prieto has hit the level of tension where Toñi actively reproaches Rebeca’s new attempts to represent Spain. She claims that Toñi once replied to one of her submissions by saying, “Again? Don’t you get tired of taking your chances?”
As with so many artists, Rebeca thinks she no longer has a chance with RTVE — but she does know how to write a hit. She points out that Blas Cantó is now looking for a hit, so perhaps Rebeca could have another chance at hitting Eurovision.
Does Spain need to change its approach to reach those high positions again? And what do you think of Rebeca’s tea? Please, let us know in the comment section below!