The Wiwi Jury — our in-house team of music unprofessionals — is reviewing and rating the 37 competing songs in Eurovision 2023. Next we review Spain, who have chosen Blanca Paloma with “Eaea”.
Were we chanting along? Read on to find out!
Blanca Paloma – “Eaea” (Spain Eurovision 2023)
Review: Blanca Paloma – “Eaea”
Oliver: Nu-flamenco is an acquired taste, but not an unwelcome one. Blanca Paloma’s songwriting and storytelling with “Eaea” is sublime. “My child when I die, may they bury me in the moon and I’ll watch you every night” is one of the most beautifully haunting lyrics in Eurovision history. The Spanish entry is bound to be divisive however, as some listeners recoil at the unique timbre and tonality while others embrace its authenticity and power. Regardless of where your listening preferences fall, it’s hard not to be mesmerised by Blanca Paloma’s presence.
Luis: Any adjective I could use to describe Blanca Paloma’s artistry wouldn’t be enough. What’s most outstanding about her is the whole package that she brings: not only stellar vocals, but a delicious performance carefully created, where every second is a visual delight. While “Eaea” nourishes from the deepest waters of Spanish tradition, it has an undefined nature: it’s not exactly flamenco, nor electronica, nor a traditional song. It’s a unique entry, I guess is what I’m trying to say. I could write a thesis about it, but let me sum it up with one sentence in Spanish: ¡Viva la Blanca Paloma!
Deban: Blanca Paloma’s presence is mesmerising. Her music takes you on a spiritual journey, and in many ways, her voice reads like a gift from God. However, despite all of this, I struggle to connect with her sound. It is too regional for my taste, and seemingly saddled with religious imprints. I am impressed when I hear it, but don’t yearn for repeat spins. This will have its fans on the night, but it’s unlikely to hold residency on the airwaves.
Renske: “Eaea” is unapologetically Spanish in so many ways. At times, it seems like Spain’s answer to “Voilà”. It is a powerful tribute to the country’s traditional flamenco music with a modern twist including compelling lyrics. There is a flair and a power in the song that can lure anyone in. It is a track you can listen to over and over again and it will keep you enchanted. Blanca Paloma is a promising star in Spain’s music landscape and will prove that at Eurovision.
Jonathan: This is performance art and “Eaea” works even better live than in studio cut. The flamenco elements are captivating and showcase the artistry of Spanish music. Blanca’s vocals are of course faultless, but there remains some repetition to the song that makes it drag at times. The Benidorm Fest staging did a great job of adding dynamism to the first half, but the second half could do with something extra to keep viewers on that journey and to prevent it from flatlining. Give us that and Spain would be in a strong position to earn another podium finish this year.
Spain Eurovision 2023 ranking
In the Eurovision 2023 Wiwi Jury, we have 20 jurors but only have room for five reviews. The remaining scores are below:
We have removed the highest and lowest scores prior to calculating the average. This is to remove outliers and potential bias. We have removed a low of 5 and a high of 10.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 8.17/10
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