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In just a couple of days, Spain will select their entry for the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with five (5) acts putting their entries forward for judgement by the general public and a professional panel of judges. RTVE, the public broadcaster decided to hold a national selection after talks with a number of artists proved to be futile, and led to no concrete conclusion. Whilst the line-up features relatively known performers, the songs are very much potential hits, and this has been seen in the iTunes Downloads where two (2) of the five (5) tracks have peaked in the top five (5), based on pre-release sales.

At last years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, Spain could only obtain five (5) points for what was an extremely below par performance of Contigo Hasta El Final by El Sueno de Morfeo, just months after having obtained tenth place at the event with the wonderful Quedate Conmigo performed by Latin Grammy Award nominee, Pastora Soler. This years' line-up features a mixture of genres, and talent but should not disappoint when it comes to the final result. Ruth Lorenzo, Brequette, La Dama, Jorge Gonzalez and Raul will put on a show to remember on Saturday kicking off at 22:00 CET. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

Source: TVE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ts29MbqGnrg

In 2012, Pastora Soler was selected by the Spanish broadcaster with the hope of reigniting a flame for the general public and thus watch the Eurovision Song Contest and this indeed worked especially when in the weeks leading up to the showcase, she had been receiving positive reviews. It couldn't have been more different in 2013 though, noting that since the selection of the group, El Sueño de Morfeo, many had them down to finish in a disappointing position. This was the buzz when they drew to perform in the first half of the show with many stating that Raquel gave an off key performance which improved as the song gradually went on. TVE, the broadcaster responsible for the participation and thus financing a large portion of the competition has recorded a ten percent decline in ratings when comparing them to the ones achieved last year.

For people who are not too savvy with numbers, this marks more than one million viewers were lost during the transmission year on year. This was quite dissapointing especially because Pastora Soler and her song Quedate Conmingo had finished in tenth place and therefore, it seems that despite making the effort for one year, Spain has gone backwards once more unfortunately. The song which represented them this year entitled Contigo hasta el final could only manage eight points; two (2) from Italy and five (5) from Albania, thus managing only twenty-fifth place. Despite the result, and the loss in viewership, it is important to record the fact that the broadcaster still managed a strong 33.1% share during the evening, making it one of the most watched shows in the country. We hope that Spain manage to convince a successful artist to represent them in 2014 with a song that will give the top positions a true fight. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news, and make sure to follow even on Facebook and Twitter.

Source: Eurovision Spain

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5o_DnM_ANF8

Stano Simor from the Czech Republic, Martin Isherwood from the United Kingdom and Sharon Vaughn from the United States represent diverse music scenes in their respective nations with their contributions duly noted across the year. Their aim in joining this feature is to see what lies beneath each track of this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. The first semi-final along with the three finalist countries voting there have long been concluded and yesterday marked the conclusion of the acts competing in the second semi-final as well, leaving only the remaining direct finalists, which amount to three. Attention turns to Spain whose broadcaster, RTVE will be represented with the song Contigo Hasta El Final (With You Until The End) co-written by Raquel del Rosario, David Feito, Juan Suárez and performed by the group, ESDM. 

ESDM - El Sueño De Morfeo (Morpheus’ Dream) is a Spanish pop-rock band with Celtic influences formed up by Raquel del Rosario from the Canary Islands, Juan Suarez and David Feito, both from northern Asturias. They have been working together for ten years and are known for their solid pop songs with rock touches and folk flavours supported by the remarkable voice of Raquel. Fresh, young and recognisable the band ESDM delivers powerful live performances that have been successfully witnessed by more than two million people in Spain and Latin America, and has sold half a million copies of their four studio albums.

Contigo Hasta El Final (With You Until The End). The song, composed by the band, talks about two people who meet and rediscover love. They decide to undertake together the journey of life, to the end. Musically, it is a journey of emotions from an epic introduction where the Celtic bagpipe stands as main player, to then make way for a mid-uptempo, and leading to a rocker theme. Apparently, this years' selection procedure was mostly based on the success that Spain achieved at last years' Eurovision Song Contest but nevertheless, it seems that pundits do not agree with the choice seeing them in the latter part of the scoreboard. This is not a fair assessment of what is an extremely beautiful song performed by a group who knows their way around the music industry. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-uwouMzUB4

Spain has been competing in the Eurovision Song Contest for more than fifty years but nevertheless, have only succeeded on two occasions, the last of which was back in 1969 when victory was shared between four entries. The song entitled Vivo Cantando by Salome was a truly enchanting piece. The dawn of the millennium was to see the country succeed noting that in the first five years, there were four top ten results for the nation including fan favourites such as Europe's Living a Celebration performed by Rosa and Dime sung by Beth. In recent years, results have not been so successful though and the country has failed to enter the top ten but with success achieved in the 2012 edition, one could definitely dream of more to come in the future. 

The power of a live performance is exceptional when it comes to this group and that was a main reason behind their choice having given successful concerts in Spain and Latin America with their studio albums between 2005 and 2012 selling around half a million copies. Following their selection as the next representatives for Spain at the Eurovision Song Contest, they stated that this was a way to thank their fans for all of the support. They have just released a brand new album with Warner Music Spain, this being their sixth in total. It's entitled Todos Tenemos Un Sueño and it includes all of the tracks which they presented for the national final including an English version of their Eurovision Song Contest entry, under the subtitle they are using for the official title. 

Professional Critics Voice their Opinion

Rating: 73%

Martin Isherwood: Striking introduction but it suffers from a bit of an identity crisis, moving from an acoustic / country folky sounding track into an upbeat pop rock track with more feel changes than soft mick! All very nice. A bit like The Corrs meets Katrina and the Waves meets Lee Ann Womack.

Sharon Vaughn: This is a lovely interpretation of a beautiful song with heart in it.

Stano Simor: The composition of this song is extremely well built and the concept to go from a ballad into a mid/uptempo number is clearly well defined. This should get the audience going for it but nevertheless, would not be surprised if not!

Source: eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5m8aCZSvws

Published in Editorials
Thursday, 14 March 2013 20:19

Spain: Warner Music Unveil Final Version

El Sueño de Morfeo, the representatives of Spain in the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest held a national final earlier this year in which both the public and a professional jury which included Italian representative; Marco Mengoni selected Contingo Hasta El Final. The reasoning was simple, it was the best out of the three songs offered but not only, it has a special something in the music, the opening notes and the whole melody. Warner Music Spain, the record label of the group have greatly supported the brand new production as heard within the official music video.

As one of the members of the Big Five, Spain will be competing directly in the final of this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest alongside France, United Kingdom, Italy, Germany and Sweden for hosting the event on basis of winning last year. Their return to the top ten thanks to Pastora Soler and Quedate Conmingo meant a great deal to the broadcaster, TVE and whilst not on the same rank, El Sueño de Morfeo are renowned in their country managing three top ten albums and several successful singles apart from being nominated for the Best Spanish Act at the Music Television Awards on two seperate occasions. Listen to the final version below and stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Warner Music Spain

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQCvukXs35Y

Tuesday, 26 February 2013 21:06

Spain: Destino Eurovision 2013 - LIVE

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

 

Tuesday, 12 February 2013 11:13

Spain: Line-Up of Songs Complete

TVE, the broadcaster responsible for the participation of Spain at the Eurovision Song Contest has somewhat been the target of criticism for several years due to the fact that despite a budding music industry, the nation has failed to meet realistically positive targets at the international showcase. It seems like the criticism was finally met with an answer because, Pastora Soler, a renowned and Grammy Nominated artist was selected internally with a panel of judges and a public vote determining which track she should perform. Ultimately, Quedate Conmingo finished in tenth place at the Eurovision Song Contest, the first top ten finish since 2004. In 2013, another notable act has been selected, in the form of ESDM - El Sueño de Morfeo.

El Sueño de Morfeo are quite successful in Spain and their dominance was seen throughout the past couple of years noting that their last four albums have all managed to rank in the top twenty in Spain, their last release entitled Buscamos sonrisas being the lowest at just #16. TVE invited the group to submit their own entries into the competition considering that they tend to write their own material and whilst two tracks entitled Dame Tu Voz and Contigo Hasta El Final were directly qualified, the final track for the selection had to be chosen through an online vote between Atrevete and Revolucion. The vote came to an end yesterday and it was revealed that Atrevete won with around 70% of all of the submitted votes. Therefore, the line-up of tracks is complete and the group will be choosing their entry in a public selection taking place on the 26th February 2013 at the Saint Cugat Studios in Barcelona. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about Spain in the upcoming edition of the Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Sweden.

Source: TVE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnZbZv8L1WM