Recap: Second Semifinal in Spain
Last night, a dozen more candidates broke out their best Eurovision Song Covers and fought it out in Barcelona for one of only five coveted spots in the Final of “Destino: Eurovision”. Here’s a quick recap!
Qualifying to the next round via the audience’s vote:
Esmeralda Grao – This seasoned performer was actually a backup singer for Spain’s 1998 entry, and has been working the local scene ever since. She took on Nina’s “Nacida Para Amar“, the 1989 Spanish entry that ended up in 6th place.
Melissa – Ok…so what we’ve got here is a Spanish singer who took on Vicky Leandros’ “Apres Toi“, a song performed in French by a Greek-born artist and won the 1972 contest for Luxembourg. Confused yet?
Sebas – This self-proclaimed Eurovision fanatic lived his dream by not only performing in an ESC Preselection, but making it through to the final by the will of the public vote. His Spanish-language interpretation of Marija Serifovic’s winning Serbian ballad “Molitva” might not have been flawless, but knowing that a fellow Eurofan made his dream come true makes me feel a bit warm and fuzzy…
Making it through via the jury’s vote:
Don Johnsons (yes, like the “Miami Vice” actor…) – Following the lead of “Da Igual” last week, this band took “Yo Soy Aquel“, the 1966 Spanish entry by Rafael, and adapted it for a modern audience.
Mónica Guech – Mónica proved that one can sing Dima Bilan’s 2008 winner “Believe” without having to resort to figure skaters or Stradivariuses!
Eliminated by the Jury: Alazán (who covered “Bandido“, originally performed by members of their own family), Pau Quero (who might have become Spain’s answer to Josh Dubovie with his cover of “A-Ba-Ni-Bi“), “Sometimes” (who did an acapella cover of Abba’s legendary “Waterloo“), and Valeria Antonella (who came in from Mexico and covered “Save Your Kisses for Me“).
Next week, we’ll see all ten semifinalists duke it out for only three spots in the final, where we’ll finally get to hear some of the possible songs that will represent Spain in Germany this year.