During the summer of 2002 (around 15 years ago now), three sisters named Pilar, Lola and Lucía saw their song catapulted to the top positions in the charts all around the world. “Aserejé” sold over seven million copies all over the world turning their group, Las Ketchup, into one of the most recognizable groups out there.
The three sisters are now also mothers, and they shared their experience in the music industry with the Spanish newspaper “El Mundo”.
After their success in 2002, and touring the entire world with one song, the group started to be forgotten by the public. In order to avoid becoming a one-hit wonder the idea of relaunching the group in the Eurovision Song Contest arrived.
Las Ketchup represented Spain in the contest held in Athens in 2006 with the song “Bloody Mary”. They performed in 6th position in the grand finale. At the close of voting, they had received 18 points, placing the group 21st out of 24 contestants.
Despite the results, the three sisters have very different points of view over their participation in the contest. Pilar remembers it as a good experience despite the many technical problems they had on stage.
“We could not hear anything on our earpieces”
Despite all the problems she is glad to have had the opportunity to meet all the Euro-fans.
The second sister, Lola, talks about the great welcome they had in Athens and how wonderful people were. Despite she had never previously before followed the Eurovision Song Contest, she had a great time.
Lucía on the other hand, remembers her time in Eurovision as a generally bad experience.
“Not because of the results, but for everything else in general. The song, the sound, the outfits… If we had had a saying in the matter we would have chosen another song. It was something that we were forced to do, we didn’t choose any of it”
Despite their experience and results in the Eurovision Song Contest, the group still enjoys today a mild success and recognition around the world. They were recently invited to perform at the Melodifestivalen, and have recently been in Norway too.
Source: El Mundo
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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.