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Tuesday, 26 February 2013 21:06

Spain: Destino Eurovision 2013 - LIVE

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TVE, the broadcaster responsible for the participation of Spain at the Eurovision Song Contest is one of the elite big five and therefore commercially support the international showcase but despite having one of the most predominant industries in the world, they have only managed to win the competition on two occasions, those coming back in 1968 with La La La performed by Massiel and in 1969 with Vivo Cantando performed by Salomé. This time round following the success of last years' internal selection of Pastora Soler, the group El Sueño De Morfeo were called to take on the role in Malmö. 

ESDM - El Sueño De Morfeo is made up of Juan Suárez, David Feito and Raquel del Rosario and they bear a lot of significance in the Spanish music scene for the simple reason that their genre of pop/rock infused with ethnic elements has been predominantly successful, earning them two nominations for the Best Spanish Act at the Music Television Awards and even reaching the top ten of the charts with three studio albums. This evening, as from 22:30 CET, the road to their adventure at the Eurovision Song Contest will commence with performances of three songs entitled Dame Tu Voz, Contigo Hasta el Final and Atrévete with the public and a professional jury made up of Rosa Lopez, Jose María Íñigo and Marco Mengoni will be selecting the best possible track. The evening is set to be quite sublime with guest performances by Alex Ubago, Pastora Soler, Musicalité and Nek expected whilst the public are voting. You can watch the show on the official website of the Eurovision Song Contest and the broadcaster.

The Show (Part 1)

Good Evening! The show has just started with the logo of the European Broadcasting Union for events inter-related to sports and music and the Te Deum as background music. Our host for the evening is wearing a red jumpsuit and she immediately introduced the professional jury for the showcase which includes none other than the 2002 Eurovision Song Contest representative; Rosa as well as this years' Italian representative; Marco Mengoni. In the meantime, the group known as ESDM - El Sueño De Morfeo are also invited to the stage with the host conducting a short interview about their upcoming experience.

Dame Tu Voz

The staging is quickly turned dark with green and blue becoming predominant colours. Raquel, the lead vocalist of the group takes to the stage in a short red dress and it seems that for the second year in a row, nerves won't really be an issue because she does indeed interact with the cameras well. The vocals are just stunning in this first track which could easily be described as a folkloristic pop track which sounds extremely contemporary. The band accompany her on both sides whilst one has to denote that there are also two backing vocalists on each side. For some reason though, I cannot help of remembering Dervish and their entry They Can't Stop The Spring for Ireland in 2007 because it does bear some resemblance. Nevertheless, this is a really good start this evening and one would easily see this group do well.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlnYUkdBi3c

Atrévete

The second entry of the evening was the internet choice of the public and therefore, this is seen by many as the second favourite this evening. The initial backdrop lighting is quite easy on the night and this is most likely due to the fact that the intro music is quite cheerful. Once more, Raquel needs to bring out the best of her vocals in order to carry this tune because it will definitely not be easy to carry this off. The audience is clearly enjoying the performance considering that they are ecstatically clapping throughout. The use of folk instruments such as bagpipes and harmonicas in the background is quite effective and indeed, Spain might be elevating their position based on the entries that have been selected for the international showcase thus far. Impressive performance once more.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmJOmbX9PfM

Contigo Hasta el Final

ESDM have reportedly announced that this is their favourite entry from the three competing this evening and indeed, the initial camera work is just astonishing, especially when merged with the dark lighting in the studio. It seems that Raquel is slightly emotional in the beginning, most likely because of the meaning behind the song. She starts performing under the light of a spotlight and as soon as the chorus kicks in, the audience are clapping and singing along. The vocals were quite ropey in the beginning but they were reeled in pretty quickly and this is turning out to be another great performance. The shots are good but will definitely be reworked for the Eurovision Song Contest due to the element that Raquel and her band members will most likely need to garner more traction. Nevertheless, this is a strong song and I could see a similar result to the one achieved by Pastora Soler.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJcuChIVJzc

The Show (Part 2)

The three competing entries have now been performed and the attention has quickly turned to the opinion of the jury who are having a ball passing on their opinion. In the meantime, our female host is also reminding the people to make their choice because their vote will count for 50% of the final result and a quick recap as is custom. Our first special guest of the evening is Pastora Soler who honoured Spain with her participation last year, finishing in tenth place with Quedate Conmingo. Following a short chat, Pastora Soler takes to the stage for a performance with the group, El Sueño De Morfeo. Luca Barbarossa, the Italian artist records a special video message for Raquel, noting that the two performers having performed together during the 2011 Sanremo. 

Nek is the second guest artist to take to the stage with El Sueño De Morfeo. Barcelona footballer, David Villa also sends a message of support towards the representative group. It seems that this evening is mostly aboiut the guest performances and indeed, another group known as La Musicalite take to the stage for a performance and this is quite alternative. This is supposedly the final performance of the evening with regards to guests as Alex Ubago takes to the stage, and with such a huge applause, one denotes his effect in the Spanish music scene. Pastora Soler is back for a performance of last years' entry as the tele-voting is closed.

Results

48 points: Dame Tu Voz

60 points: Atrévete

72 points: Contigo Hasta el Final

 

Last modified on Tuesday, 26 February 2013 22:52