SPAIN 2014: JORGE GONZALEZ INTERVIEW
Jorge González is looking to represent Spain at Eurovision 2014, as we continue to look at the preselection contest in Spain, here he speaks exclusively to Jaime Solloso for oikotimes.com about his song “Aunque se acabe el Mundo” (Even if the world ends).
Hello Jorge, what can you tell us about your song?
It is a fresh and modern song, optimistic, and one where people can identify themselves. With “Aunque se acabe el mundo” we wanted to tell people to never abandon their dreams and fight until the end. I think that it hasn’t been a good time for this country and with this song I wanted tos ay that everything is posible and that one should never stop dreaming.
You previously took part in the 2009 preselection contest. What have you been doing since that last appearance?
Preparing myself with technical vocal lessons and going on stage to prepare myself for the biggest challenge that could be Eurovision.
After several months of suspense, RTVE have decided to hold a preselection contest. Were you surprised by this decision?
Definitely! The truth is that it was a surprise for me and my team, it’s not only a dream for me but also a dream for composers, coreographers, dancers and managers who are giving their all to win!
What does Eurovision mean for Jorge González, what are your first memories?
Eurovision means a dream that I had since I was child of representing my country. If I was selected it would confirm my perseverance and the daily fight to make my dreams reality. Now I have to believe that dream can come true.
What can Jorge González offer Eurovision if he is chosen to represent Spain?
The visuals that are being received with great expectation among followers in other countries, such as Finland, Ukraine, Norway and Denmark, where they are very enthusiastic about me. A young Spanish guy, with a very latin look with a fresh theme transmitting the warmth and joy that all Spanish people can equal, even improve on the position that latin music like David Civera gave us.
Lately there has been vast support for countries that have chosen to perform in English. Do you see English as a the essential language in which to sing in order to be successful at Eurovision?
Of course not! Soraya took a song that had an English chorus. I think Spain has to support it’s own and to show that we have a tenacity not seen in other countries. Spain will have to decide what it identifies itself with. I identify myself with something in Spanish which is what I am.
Other countries choose to perform their song abroad prior to the contest. Spain doesn’t tend to do this. Do you see this as a missed opportunity?
Maybe this is why our songs arrive without promotion, promoting a son gis the basis of everything otherwise it ends up falling behind.
Of the other countries, do you see any as being favourite without hearing the song?
I am very certain about my target and I am concentrated on what I have to offer, so I am not very informed on the rest of the participants. All I can say is that we are very different and that is a good thing. Spain can position itself with what it most feels fulfilled.
Recently in Spain, Eurovision appears to be a little discredited. What do you think about this?
Maybe because of the little attention show non what we send or perhaps because of the ranking Spain has achieved of late, we have lost hope and desire of following the contest but it would be a good time to change this, don’t you think?
What can you tell our readers?
I would like to count on all their support because it’s something that fills me with hope and contentment and if with my song they feel something internal that makes them emotional, then let’s unite so that the dream of Eurovision can be reborn in Spain!
INFORMATION ABOUT JORGE GONZALEZ
Jorge has extensive musical experience. He began singing as a child, teen made his first gigs, but his success did not come until 2006 when he was selected to go on ‘Idol’. His tenure in the program gave him the opportunity to pursue music alone. The artist has given singing lessons with Patricia Kraus and Edith Salazar and furthermore tables that have given concerts in many towns of Spain, has knowledge of funky, sexy style, salsa and Latin rhythms.