Spain 2018: what’s Jaime’s wishful list for Lisbon?
Jaime Solloso (Spain)
EDITORIAL – As has been the case for the last few years, TVE are yet to announce which format will officially select the Spanish Eurovision representative for 2018. This year will be important. Firstly, it’s 50 years since Spain first won at Eurovision with Massiel singing “La, la, la” (1968) and secondly, this year’s Eurovision is being held in Lisbon, Portugal, neighbouring country and one which shares a mutual cultural and political history during the last century. The onus is that TVE may go for selecting a complete unknown from their recently recovered programme “Operacion Triunfo” (Fame Academy) but Spain has an amazing array of talent which due to political and territorial issues are never given an opportunity on the Eurovision stage, something which hopefully isn’t repeated again this year. After the recommendations we have a poll for you to vote in. You can choose up to three of the available choices.
David Civera – He has previously represented Spain at Eurovision in 2001 with the song “Dile que la quiero” (Tell her that I love her) finishing in 6th position which has been the highest positioning for Spain since. David found his big break participating in the 2001 national selection show “Eurocanción” where he was selected by a selection of jury and audience. This year, David has indicated that he would be interested in taking part in Eurovision. His musical style has changed over the years and it’s likely that for Eurovision he would perform something in tune with the contest. He has also formed part of several national juries and has kept in touch with the whole Eurovision format, while also being liked by TVE management.
David Bisbal – He rose to fame in Operación Triunfo, the flagship show which TVE used to catapult people to Eurovision in the early 2000s. David has been involved in music ever since, having only been a backing singer at Eurovision 2002, for Rosa Lopes. He was involved in creating the Spanish football anthem for the South Africa world Cup in 2010 and followed this on with the Spanish anthem for the European Championships 2 years later. His musical style is very pop which tends to bode well in large venues.
DKB – A big hit in recent years with his sounds in reggaeton and rap, having achieved hit songs which have featured in Spain’s Big Brother (Gran Hermano). He was part of the group Santa Fe who participated in the National Final in 2009 and were well received at the time. The artist is capable of various musical styles and performed with Katia Aveiro, Cristiano Ronaldo’s sister and has always been keen to partake in Eurovision if the opportunity was good. Recently he has performed with Spanish stalwart King Africa and also with a former Operación Triunfo graduate, Natalia.
La Oreja de Van Gogh (LODVG) – A Spanish supergroup whose songs have dominated the national charts for years. They were apparently the preferred option before El Sueño de Morfeo were chosen in 2013. They have never actively dismissed taking part in Eurovision but as songwriters of their own material choosing them would involve conditions. However they can perform both rock and pop hits and they are just as successful in neighbouring Portugal where their songs are often played in public venues.
Malú – This Spanish artist comes from a long line of Spanish performers and found success with Alejandro Sanz, at the age of 15. Since then she has carved herself a musical career, regularly obtaining top 10 hits and having amassed a strong fan following. She has produced 11 studio albums and was a judge in the Voice and the Voice kids. Her music makes use of her powerful voice and vocal singularity which bodes well for a live performance and Eurovision could be something which she would be very interested in doing.