Spain 2016: national final or internal selection?
MADRID, SPAIN – Spanish national broadcaster is rumoured to announce they will hold a national selection for Stockholm’s Eurovision Song Contest. It is no secret anymore that Junior Eurovision 2004 winner María Isabel will be one of the participants causing quite an excitement in our news desk.
María Isabel was born as María Isabel López Rodríguez 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 is to select Spain’s representative for the relatively new, “Festival de Eurovision Junior” competition (Junior Eurovision Song Contest), which began in 2003.
María Isabel won Spain’s “Eurojunior” 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.
One more name that we can securely predict that will participate in the national selection is Abraham Mateo. Abraham Mateo Chamorro is a Spanish pop singer, songwriter and actor, who is currently signed to the record label Sony Music Spain.
He received the Revelation Award at Spain’s National Music Competition for kids when he was just nine years old. For over four years, Mateo performed regularly at the television show Menuda Noche on the Canal Sur TV of Andalucia. In 2009, at the age of ten, he was signed to EMI Music Spain and, in December of that year, its self-titled debut album, Abraham Mateo, was released in Spain. In 2012, Mateo was signed to Sony Music Spain, releasing his second studio album, AM, in November 2013. With the single “Señorita”, he made his breakthrough in the musical scene, achieving a great success in the social networks. The music video for “Señorita” was the most trending music video of 2013 in YouTube Spain. In November 2014, Mateo released his third studio album, Who I AM, in Spain and Latin America. It debuted at number one in México and Spain. His albums have received one Platinum and two Gold certifications by Promusicae, the association that represents the recording industry in Spain.
He was the opening act for the British boyband One Direction in Peru, Chile and Spain as part of their 2014’s Where We Are Tour. Mateo was nominated for the 2013 Premios Juventud in the category “Best New Artist”. The awards are presented in Miami, Florida by the American Spanish-language television network Univisión.
INTERNAL SELECTION POSSIBLE
All of the above could be skipped if a big star responds to RTVE and accepts the invitation to represent Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest: David Bisbal is in negotiations for representing the country in Stockholm.
David Bisbal Ferré is a Latin Grammy-winning Spanish pop singer, songwriter, actor. He gained his initial fame as a runner up on the interactive reality television show Operación Triunfo. He has since released five studio albums, all of which topped the Spanish Albums Chart, in addition to recording a number of live albums. He has toured throughout Europe and Latin America and is now considered to be a crossover international artist.
As of 2012, David Bisbal has sold more than 5 million records in Spain and America, getting 42 Platinum albums, 17 gold and 2 diamond. ‘Corazón Latino’ and ‘Bulería’ treasure each one IFPI Platinum Award, official certification for selling over 1 million copies across Europe.
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