Spain 2016: María Isabel ‘It has been the best period of my life, I have wonderful memories’
MADRID, SPAIN – María Isabel López Rodríguez, (Huelva, 1995) rose to fame in 2004 when she was only nine years-old, winning the Junior Eurovision Song Contest with her huge success Antes Muerta Que Sencilla. Her young flamenco rhythm established her as a great little artist. That song was part of her debut album and she released four other LPs up to 2009. Her success helped her to travel to America and Japan, performing at the best stages and programs in many countries. In 2015 Maria Isabel turned 20 and returned to the music scene with a new album, Yo Decido, which has just been released. The author of the candidate song of Maria Isabel is David Santisteban.
Why do you want to represent Spain in Stockholm?
Because I think that the theme that I take will be well liked as when I was little I took one that was very liked and I would like to feel those feelings and emotions as an adult. Above all because nothing is impossible and with my effort, work and your support we can achieve victory.
What can and will you do to secure Spain a better position in the Eurovision Song Contest than the latest year’s bad results? Firstly I’d like to say that Edurne was fantastic and just because she ended up in that position it doesn’t stop her from being a spectacular artist. But if we can end up in a better position then all the better. What I would do is demonstrate positivity on stage as I’m taking a song which is very rhythmic, happy and also demonstrating what I’m made of. Above all through practising every day and with security and being natural and spontaneous we can achieve it.
What can we expect from your song and stage performance?
I can only tell you that I will try to do it as best a stage performance as possible as the song is very rhythmic and is made to dance. I can’t give away anything about the stage performance as it’s a surprise.
Is it important to sing in Spanish?
For me, yes… as I am representing Spain. Each country should sing in their own language.
Eurovision fans probably know you already from Junior Eurovision 2004. What does that experience mean to you? It has been the best period of my life, I have wonderful memories, I lived it with great intensity and I enjoyed myself doing what I most enjoyed which is singing.
How will you use that experience in the adult competition now?
Basically trying to do everything well, the key is to be natural and give the best of myself.
You’ve been around the world since 2004 and now you’re back in Spain. Why do you want to represent Spain once again? To leave Spain in a good position, as we deserve it and it’s about time. I think with my song and with the stage performance and my personality in the song, we can achieve it.
Are you afraid that the expectations for you and your song will be so high because of your history that it will be hard to redeem it? I see it as another challenge in my life that I can aim to achieve with my effort and hard work. Like I always say, with the Spanish support. I would like a lot of support from the Eurofans and readers of oikotimes.com, I will work hard to give the best of me while I do what I love best and I would like to return to the Contest, I really want to! A super big kiss to everyone and don’t forget to check my social media pages where I will be updating you on everything. Hugs.