The final version of “Tu canción”, the Spanish entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, was released today.
Raúl Gómez the songwriter behind this years Spanish Eurovision entry has spoken about “Tu canción” and the changes it has undergone for Lisbon. Raúl revealed that the revamped version of the song has “much more force” than the performance seen at the national final, adding “people will notice the rush to the end”. The songwriter also confirmed that an English version of “Tu canción” has been recorded, so that more people can understand the meaning of the song.
Amaia and Alfred were selected to represent Spain through the Eurovision Gala of Operación Triunfo. Amaia went on to win the show outright the following week. She will be the first winner of Operación Triunfo to represent Spain since Rosa López, who represented Spain in 2002.
As a member of the Big Five, Spain are directly qualified for the final of the Eurovision Song Contest. The country joins France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and the host nation of Portugal as directly qualifying for the final. Spain will be voting in the first semi-final of this year’s contest in Lisbon.
Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest
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.