Spain: “Quédate Conmigo” chosen for Pastora Soler
Back in December, Spanish broadcaster RTVE revealed that copla-flamenco-pop singer Pastora Soler would be representing the nation in Baku, and that the public would have a say in the song she’d take to Azerbaijan. This Saturday, we finally got our answer. Three songs were in the running, one from her most recent album and two new tracks.
After an open televote and jury decision, it was decided unanimously that the ballad “Quédate Conmigo”, or “Stay With Me”, would be the one that Pastora would take to Eurovision:
Over the years, some of Spain’s most memorable entries have been strong, dramatic ballads. 1985’s “La fiesta terminó“, 1989’s “Nacida para amar“, 1991’s “Bailar pegados“, and 1995’s “Vuelve conmigo” have all become timeless classics in the Eurovision catalog. Pastora’s returning Spain to that powerful tradition, without sounding dated or overwrought. Spain hasn’t broken back into the Top Ten since 2004, but “Quédate conmigo” just might be the one to bring España back to a rightfully high position. It doesn’t hurt that this song was composed in part by Swedish songwriter Thomas G:son, who is also responsible for five other Eurovision entries and dozens of other National Final entrants, including two songs in next week’s Melodifestivalen Final (Loreen’s “Euphoria” and Thorsten Flinck & Revolutionsorkestern’s “Jag reser mig igen“. Considering that “Running Scared” also used imported Swedish songwriters, this might be a good move…