spain

RTVE are at it again folks. They have gone down the "Operacion Triumfo" route to select their song for Eurovision in Israel. It may have worked well for them the first couple of times but, if you remember what happened last year, they had Alfred & Amaia "singing" their "love" song Tu Cancion and we all know how that turned out.

This year, though, they have changed the way their songs are chosen and, indeed, their singers. A whopping 953 songs were submitted to TVE, more than they could cope with arguably, all in an official language of Spain (so no nationalist exclusions here) and they were presented to a 5 person jury which included a member of OGAE Spain, which guarantees the quality threshold!

So the 17 songs that have made it are :

SongPerformer(s)
No puedo másFamous
La vendaMiki
¿Qué será luego?Alba Reche
Nadie se salvaMiki and Natalia
Qué quieres que hagaJulia
La claveNatalia
Dímelo de frenteSabela
Hoy soñaréSabela
El equilibrioMiki
Hoy vuelvo a reír otra vezNoelia
Todo bienMarilia
MuérdemeMaría
Se te notaCarlos Right
SaleDamion
VuelveMarta
A tu ladoJoan Garrido and Marilia
Nunca fuiCarlos Right

You can hear clips from the songs here.

So what happens now? - well off they go to get recorded and then put up for public ridicule on the TVE website for two weeks where Spaniards and real people will be able to vote for their top three songs. Another jury of 5 will then select up to seven additional entries (Wiki tells me) to make a national final of a maximum of ten songs. Interestingly and weirdly specifically in case of a tie there will be an extra round of voting!!