Category Archives: Spain

Ruth Lorenzo wins (or “Dancing in the Rain” in Spain is mainly not so plain!)

ruth-lorenzo It was an emotional National Final in Spain on Saturday, as five singers went to bat in Barcelona for the chance to represent the country in Copenhagen.  After each performance, interviews with the artists and their families brought most contestants to tears, especially after each one opened a sentimental gift from home.  A picture, a necklace, a vinyl of the Little Mermaid…it was “The X-Factor” meets “This Is Your Life”.

But, let’s face it, we were really there for the music. Read the rest of this entry

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Preview: Spain’s “Mira quién va a Eurovisión”

spain Tonight at 22:00 CET, live from Barcelona, Spanish broadcaster TVE will host their national final, “Mira quién va a Eurovisión (Look Who’s Going to Eurovision)”.  Five singers are vying for the ticket to Denmark, but only one will clinch the title and try to bring Spain their first Eurovision victory since the infamous four-way tie of 1969.

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Spain’s El Sueño de Morfeo: “Contigo hasta el final”

Tonight, national broadcaster RTVE hosted their National Final, where folk-pop stars El Sueño de Morfeo would be paired up with their entry for Malmö.  The band offered a trio of songs to the Spanish public and a three-member jury (consisting of commentator José María Íñigo, 2002 Eurovision performer Rosa López, and 2013 Italian representative Marco Mengoni).

After “Dame tu voz”, “Atrévete”, and “Contigo hasta el final” were performed, and a veritable cavalcade of performers took to the stage with ESDM, the votes were tallied and one entry took an overwhelming victory. Read the rest of this entry

Preview: A Song for El Sueño de Morfeo

Right before Christmas, Spanish broadcaster RTVE announced that folk-pop-rock band El Sueño de Morfeo would be representing their country in Sweden this May.  On Tuesday February 26, we will finally find out what the popular group from Asturias will bring to the stage.

Much like last year’s system, which resulted in a strong final placement for Pastora Soler and “Quédate conmigo“, El Sueño de Morfeo submitted two songs to go directly into the running, and asked for the input of the Spanish public to pick a third.  Tomorrow, from a studio in Barcelona, the band will perform the three contenders for Malmö.  A 50/50 public and jury vote (including 2002’s Spanish representative Rosa and 2013’s Italian performer, Marco Mengoni) will determine the victorious song.

After eliminating “Revolución“, the three remaining tracks are: Read the rest of this entry

A quick game of catch-up…

Ok, I’ll admit it, I’ve been a bad blogger.  Due to illness, travel, and that pesky 40-hour-per-week job of mine, a few major bits of news haven’t quite made it to the site yet!  (What can I say? The ESC Insider is a one-woman project, and sadly, I only have two hands.)  Let’s take a quick look back at the four internal artist selections that were made in Spain, Georgia, Macedonia, and Montenegro. Read the rest of this entry

Another day, another new crop of videos…

As expected, new promotional videos for this year’s Eurovision songs keep on rolling in.  Let’s take a look at what today has brought us:

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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. Read the rest of this entry

The Weekend Preview: March 3

This weekend beings us one of the last hectic Saturdays of the preseason, with three National Finals (Estonia, Lithuania, and Spain) and Sweden’s Second Chance round.  Let’s take a look at what we can expect from this busy day:

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Weekend Semifinal Round-Up

This weekend marked the start of the semifinals for Estonia’s Eestilaul, as well as the third heats in Sweden and Lithuania, and the continuation of the Finnish selection process.  Furthermore, we’ve gotten more clarification on the songs that Spain will be choosing from for Pastora Soler.  Let’s take a look at what happened this weekend: Read the rest of this entry

Pastora Soler for Spain!

Pastora Soler, Spain's choice for Baku

Pastora Soler, Spain's choice for Baku

During a mid-day chat show today on RTVE, it was announced that veteran singer Pastora Soler would be representing Spain in Baku.  The 33-year old Seville native started performing at the tender age of twelve, released her first album at fourteen, and has been recording and performing consistently since then.  Her typical style blends pop and flamenco, and she has a flair for the dramatic.  Here’s the video for her most recent single, “Demasiado amor (Too Much Love)”:

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