Spain 2016: review of the finalists; have a say in our poll
EDITORIAL – TVE has chosen six finalists from which the representative of Spain for Eurovision 2016 will emerge. This year all six finalists have abundant talent and prestige to represent Spain and it finally feels like TVE is looking to achieve a good position. The songs as they are will be subject to some changes, notably the language since there is a lot of English within the lyrics but each has their own special something to bring to a National final.
Xuso Jones – Victorious
In English, the song is very similar to the Scandinavian entries of the last few years. A touch of Spanish mixed in-between, it makes good use of easy to remember words to form the chorus. Could do well but does seem similar to songs heard in recent years.
Maverick – Un Mundo Mas Feliz
In Spanish, the song makes good use of the melody and sounds very Spanish. This will do well on Spanish radio. It’s not a bad song but Eurovision is a whole other world where this song could easily just make up the numbers/
Salvador Beltran – Dias de Alegria
The song is a rhythmic number, very Spanish and very late 90s. Saying that, it’s a happy song, would make for a good stage performance. The question remains how will it be received by Eurovision? Guitar numbers given recent history have been very much inconsistent.
Barei – Say Yay!
In English, the song is a moving number with a hip hop beat and a pop melody. It’s an ode to excelling yourself and makes good use of backing vocals to add echo to the singer’s voice. A nice song, it will do well at club level but could easily be drowned out at Eurovision depending on starting position and what the other participants perform.
Maria Isabel – La Vida Solo es Una
Coming from the 2004 JESC winner, this is a good number. Plenty of rhythm, it is in Spanish which will always cause debate. Some parts of the lyrics, being in Spanish may sound really fast for a non-Spanish speaker and it may still have English added to it, so may not sound exactly the same come the National Final. It could do well at Eurovision.
Electric Nana – Now
Another song in English, good play of the melody playing between rhythms, nice use of Spanish when needed. It makes good use of lyrics to lead the listener on a journey. Would be well received at Eurovision but could be drowned out if placed in an awkward starting position.
To conclude, these are six very good songs which on stage could be very good indeed. Some will be received better than others and a lot depends on the competition. I can’t see a winner at present with any of these but with a few tweaks, a fantastic stage performance and a fair voting system, any one of these could easily make the Top 5 at Eurovision.