Despite being one of the ‘Big 5’ and therefore automatically qualifying for the final each year, Spain have not won a Eurovision Song Contest since 1969. This was the second time they have won, having also won the contest the year before. The 1970s gave them three second place finishes, but more recently they haven’t fared so well. Since 2000 they have had six top ten finishes including the 2014 entry ‘Dancing In the Rain’ from Ruth Lorenzo. Despite being a firm fan favourite in 2015, Edurne’s ‘Amanecer’ only managed to finish 21st with 15 points. But what’s in store for 2016? Read on to find out!
In a change from last year, which saw Spain choose Edurne by internal selection, this year there will be a national final entitled Objetivo Eurovision that will pit six young artists against each other. Spain teased fans with a silhouette outline of the candidates taking part in the final earlier this month, but it was on 29th December that they made the official announcement declaring which acts would battle it out to be their Eurovision in 2016.
The six acts will battling it out in the national final on 1st February will be Electric Nana, Xuso Jones, Maverick, Maria Isabel, Salvador Beltran and Barei. National broadcaster RTVE revealed the songs on 20th January in their entirety.
Electric Nana- ‘Now’
Electric Nana is best known for producing songs for Spanish film soundtracks as well as writing music for other artists. She is a skilled songwriter and can play a number of instruments. It wasn’t until this year however that she decided to embark on a solo singing career of her own releasing her own debut album entitled ‘To Life!’ with lead singles ‘Yes’, ‘Playground’ and ‘Won’t Stop’.
Xuso Jones- ‘Victorious’
Murcia born Xuso Jones already has two albums under his belt ‘Part 1’ (2013) and ‘Vuela’ (2015). He has enjoyed chart success in Spain with four of the singles from these albums charting in the top 40. ‘Buy the DJ a Round’, ‘Turn On the Radio’ and ‘Megaphone’ have done particularly well. Xuso has also appeared on the Spanish version for the soundrack of Despicable Me 2 and recently appeared on Spanish singing show ‘Tu Cara Me Suena’, where contestants dress up and perform other singers’ hits. Among other artists, Xuso has impersonated Bruno Mars, Britney Spears, Jason Derulo, Robin Thicke and even Adele. Although his Eurovision song hasn’t been revealed yet we do know that it was written by Peter Bostrom, the man behind Loreen’s Euphoria and Edurne’s ‘Amanecer’
Maverick- ‘Un Mundo Más Feliz’
Maverick is best known for his latinpop songs. He rose to prominence in 2015 after coming in third place on the Spanish version of The Voice. On the show he performed covers of popular songs including One Republic’s ‘Apologize’ and Christina Perri’s ‘Human’.
Maria Isabel- ‘La Vida Sólo Es Una’
Maria is best known for giving Spain their most recent Eurovision win, having competed and won the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2004 at the age of nine. Since then she has gone on to have success releasing six albums. Her most recent album ‘Yo Decido’ was released last month and her latest single ‘La vida sólo es una’ will act as her first release in six years. She is hoping that her winning streak continues and she can be a JESC and ESC double winner in 2016!
Salvador Beltran- ‘Días De Alegría’
Salvador Beltran has composed his own song for Eurovision. He released his debut album ‘Cambio De Planes’ in 2012 and had success with singles ‘En mi mente’, ‘Por si vienes’ and ‘La estrella de la Navidad’. The follow up album ‘Reflejos en Mi Camino’ was released in 2015 and saw him release the singles ‘Dejemos el pensar atrás’ ‘Quimera’, ‘No intentes amarramarme’ and ‘Todo se vuelve gris’
Barei- ‘Say Yay!’
The sixth of the contenders for Spain in 2016 is Barei. She is a relatively unknown artist, but has had moderate success in the USA and has released songs including ‘Wildest Horses’ and ‘Foolish NaNa’.
Listen to the all six songs in full and vote for your favourite in our poll below: