Spain have had a dreadful time in recent Eurovision Song Contests, consistently finding themselves at the bottom of the leaderboard. Not since 1969 have they taken home the crown, a whopping 52 years. To many this is a perplexing situation as Spain has a vibrant music scene, regularly producing world class artists. So who could bring Spain back to the winners circle? We had a look at some of the best Spanish acts that could bring Eurovision glory back to the nation.
Álvaro Soler has been ever-present artist in the Spanish charts for many years and seems the most perfect fit for the Eurovision stage. His latin pop style has brought him chart success in his homeland, but also all across Europe. Songs such as ‘El Mismo Sol’, ‘Sofia’ and ‘La Cintura’ all being genuine summer smash hits.
He has been quiet for the last couple of years but has a new album releasing this July which could propel him back into the consciousness of many. With an already strong fanbase and song credentials to back it up he could be the perfect act to show that Spain mean business in Eurovision again.
Lola Indigo is an act born for the Eurovision stage. Having been touted every year since her explosive chart debut in 2018 with ‘Ya No Quiero Ná’. Rare has a week gone by where she hasn’t been in the top ten of the Spanish charts ever since.
Originally coming form the the Spanish talent show Operación Triunfo, where she finished 16th, she has since gone on to win an MTV music award for best Spanish artist. Her meteoric rise has no indication of stopping and returning Spain to Eurovision glory could be her next success story.
Beret is a Andalusian rapper turned pop star who has brought a real unique flavour to the Spanish music scene. Reaching number one with his track ‘Si Por Mi Fuera’ in 2019 he has since collaborated with artists such as Aitana, Lola Indigo and Pablo Alborán.
His distinctive raspy voice is memorable and endearing and offers something quite unique that could turn heads at Eurovision. He is another artist on a great trajectory and catching him at the right moment could really boost Spain’s hopes.
Maybe a bit out there compared to the more traditional pop options we have looked at so far, Don Patricio offers an opportunity to show how diverse Spain’s music scene is. His style has evolved from early reggaeton influences to trap inspired beats that have an element of fun behind them.
Undoubtedly a bit different to Spain’s usual formulaic entries it could be the change they need to succeed. Many countries have prospered with more ‘off the wall’ songs and Spain should really embrace the wide variety of talent they have to pull from and offer something a bit different. Don Patricio could be the answer.
One of the most creative artists in Spain at the moment, C. Tangana could offer a Eurovision an unmatched performance. From his freestyle rap origins early in his career he has redefined hip hop in Spain giving it an identity that is truly unique.
His more recent tracks have blended traditional Spanish musical elements such as flamenco to create an almost undefinable genre. His discography varies from traditional to danceable club songs, always encapsulating the Spanish experience. Eurovision generally celebrates this sort of ingenuity and uniqueness that he could change people’s perception of Spain, if they are willing to take the risk.
Ana Mena is a well known name in Spain from her child acting as well as appearing on Disney’s ‘My Camp Rock 2’ reality program, but her chart success has been a relatively newer occurrence. Having recently exploded in Italy with two number one hits working with Rocco Hunt and Fred de Palma.
These songs have since become massive hits in her homeland and returned the former child star to Spanish attention. Her strong live vocals infused with club friendly latin beats would go down a storm in Rome next year. This combined with a growing popularity on the continent would make her a force to be reckoned with.
Despite being Argentinian, Eurovision rules seem pretty lax when it comes to nationality. Just ask Celine Dion. Nathy is a Latin Grammy winning singer and rapper whose debut album dropped last year, grabbing the attention of everyone. The Barcelona based star seems to be on a trajectory for worldwide success and getting her to appear in Rome next year would be an incredible coup.
Eurovision sorely lacks more urban and hip hop based music and Nathy could really change the public perception of this genre. Her stage presence is unrivalled and only emphasises her wide range of talents as can be seen in her set at Primavera Sound in 2019.
There are obviously so many other Spanish acts that could do the business in Rome next year that it would be impossible to name them all. Whilst we would all lose our minds at someone like Rosalía gracing the stage, Spain have such an abundance of talent that there is a winning song somewhere. Finding it is the key however, and if Spain’s broadcaster TVE can improve their selection process even slightly they won’t have to look very far.
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