The next artists featured in our “Who Is” series for the Eurovision 2018 season are Alfred and Amaia from Spain.
At the end of January, Alfred and Amaia were chosen to represent Spain at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. Let’s get to know a bit more about them.
Alfred García and Amaia Romero are 20 and 19-years-old respectively. Alfred was born in El Prat de Llobregat, Catalonia, on 14th March 1997, and started singing and trombone lessons at just seven years old. Not only that, but he taught himself guitar, drums and keyboard, and has received musical training at the Unío Filharmónica del Prat. At fifteen, he released his self-produced album “Beginning” and went on to record his first single “She Looks So Beautiful” at seventeen, which won an Audience Award at the Festival Cara B. Alfred is no stranger to singing competitions as he participated in La Voz (The Voice) in 2016, and participated in Operación Triunfo this year.
Amaia was born in Pamplona on 3rd January 1999. Her career started in 2010 at just eleven years old, where she participated in the children’s talent show Cántame una canción. She later went onto participate in the talent show El Número Uno, and, like Alfred, Operación Triunfo this year, where she went on to win the competition. Currently, she is in the last year of studying for her piano degree.
Alred and Amaia will represent Spain at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal. The pair were chosen after they participated in the “Gala Eurovisión” section of Operación Triunfo, which they won with their song “Tu canción”.
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 nine occasions, the worst placement being 26th in 2017.