Spain have selected Manel Navarro and his song Do It For Your Lover to represent them at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kyiv, Ukraine.
Six entrants took part in Spain’s Eurovision selection show Objetivo Eurovision tonight and in the end it was Manel Navarro with his song Do It For Your Lover that came out victorious. The six artists that participated in the show tonight were:
- Manel Navarro – “Do it for your lover”
- Leklein – “Ouch!!”
- Paula Rojo – “Lo que nunca fue”
- Mario Jefferson – “Spin my head”
- Maika – “Momento critico”
- Mirela – “Contigo”
The jury made up 50% of the final vote, while the public had the remaining 50%. The 3 jury members all have careers in TV and radio, and have programs on popular Spanish radio stations. The 3 jury members were:
- Xavi Martinez
- Javier Cárdenas
- Virginia Díaz
A total of 392 songs had been submitted to Spain’s Eurovision selection this year, 30 of which made it through to the public Eurocasting round. There, the Spanish public voted for their top 10. A jury then listened to these 10 songs and selected just 3 to go through to the final of the Eurocasting round. The 3 artists battled it out for the remaining spot in the final of Objetivo Eurovision, and it was LeKlein with “Ouch!” that came out on top. She then joined the 5 other internally selected artists for tonights show.
Spain was recently drawn to vote in the first semi final of the Eurovision Song Contest along with the other Big 5 countries like Italy and the United Kingdom.
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Spain debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1961 and has competed annually since. Spain has won the contest on two occasions the first being in 1968 and the second time in 1969. 1969 is the only year where more than one song has won the contest, the 1969 contest saw a four-way tie between Spain, France, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. Since 2000 Spain has only managed to finish in the top.10 on five occasions, the last time being in 2014 with Ruth Lorenzo. However, the country has finished 20th or below on eight occasions, the worst placement being 25th in 2013.