Spain 2016: here are the six finalists
MADRID, SPAIN – Today the Spanish national broadcaster presented the six participants for the national selection. Six names which highly speculated for weeks now are now officially revealed. Here are the names as presented from 10:30 CET and throughout the morning.
13:00 CET – Barei
12:30 CET – Electric Nana
12:00 CET – María Isabel
María Isabel was born in Ayamonte, Huelva Province, Spain. She demonstrated an interest in dancing and singing from a very young age. Her love for singing and dancing took her to the 2004 Spanish Eurojunior competition, which was televised nationally in her native Spain. The purpose of this competition was to select Spain’s representative for the relatively new, Junior Eurovision Song Contest competition, which began in 2003. María Isabel won Spain’s Eurojunior contest with her single “Antes Muerta que Sencilla” (“I’d rather be Dead than Plain”). Subsequently, she won the second Junior Eurovision Song Contest performing the same song, and setting a record for both largest score (171 points) and largest winning margin (31). This record can be explained in part due to the 2004 contest having the most amount of participants of any Junior Eurovision Song Contest, with eighteen participants. Her winning margin record was broken by the 2012 winner, Anastasiya Petryk, who won with a 35-point margin. Her largest score record was broken by 2015 Winner, Destiny Chukunyere and her song, Not My Soul.
Several weeks before winning the festival she released her first album, titled No me toques las palmas que me conozco (“Don’t clap your hands because I know myself”). This CD included “Antes Muerta que Sencilla”, which launched her career in the Spanish show business world, making her a competitor of another Spaniard teen idol, Melody Ruiz Gutiérrez. “Antes Muerta que Sencilla” became an instant radio hit in Spain, and was later promoted in Latin America, where María Isabel’s album was released in 2005. Milly Cangiano, a Puerto Rican television show host, has made the song’s name one of the phrases she uses daily during her show. In addition, María Isabel began her first tour of Latin America and the United States after the album’s release. Her song has become a charttopper in Argentina, Colombia, Puerto Rico and other places. In April 2005, she was interviewed on American national television for the first time, when she was presented on Univision’s “El Gordo y La Flaca and spoke with Lily Estefan and Raul De Molina.
María Isabel listes Chenoa as one of her favorite singers. She planned to continue her show business career and possibly become a businesswoman when she would become an adult. She said she would like to open a clothing store. Although singing remained her main interest, she considered herself also a musician. As a little girl, she studied the piano, but she left it because she became bored. Her third album Capricornio was released on 21 November 2006 and was a huge success. It is a double disc set which also includes a DVD with all of her videoclips and extras. Her fourth studio album is a collection of songs from the soundtrack of her first movie, Ángeles SA. Due to management and release problems, Ángeles SA entered the Spanish charts at number 35, however in the week commencing 20/12, it peaked at number 11, certifying it gold. María Isabel listed her hobbies as playing with friends, trying cosmetics,singing and putting her hair into cute styles at the hairdressers.
11:30 CET – Maverick (Juan Magán, Darlyn Cuevas “DCS”, Luiggi Giussepe Olivares)
11:00 CET – Salvador Beltrán (composer: Salvador Beltrán)
10:30 CET – Xuso Jones (composers: Andreas Öhrn and Peter Boström)
Jesus Matey “Chuso” Jesús Segovia , better known by his stage name Xuso Jones, is a Spanish singer and composer. He became popular through the social networks doing covers to other artists and sharing original songs.. He recorded a video singing from the car the menu on a microphone of a famous fast-food company. The video became really famous throughout the Internet, so that the company asked him to take part on an advert. After this he went to Los Angeles where he recorded three singles and a videoclip. Buy the DJ a round took him to the number 5 on iTunes. Celebrating Life was the second single (he would include them both on Part 1, his first studio album). He was nominated for Best Spanish New Artist on the 2012 edition of Los Premios 40 Principales, losing out to Auryn. Xuso has served as opening act for Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez and he has also taken part in the third season of Spanish TV show Tu cara me suena, where famous artists have to imitate other artists. (source: wikipedia.org)