Everyone should just be who they want to be, says Miki Núñez, Spain’s representative for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.
Eurovoix got the chance to have a short chat with Miki right before the show at Eurovision in Concert last Saturday, April 6 at the AFAS Live concert hall in Amsterdam. We talked about his favorite act from past Eurovision contests, how Spain likes to party, and the message of his song “La venda”.
The spectacle of the stage show is one thing that drew Miki’s attention to Eurovision.
“I remember watching the song ‘Heroes,’ with my family on the sofa” Miki said. His eyes widen in a reenactment of his amazement at Måns Zelmerlow’s performance in 2015.
When asked for something Eurovision fans should know about Spain, Miki found it difficult to think of just one thing.
The title of Miki’s song — “La venda” — translates to “the blindfold,” and he sings about that blindfold coming off in the catchy, high-energy chorus. What does it all mean?
“When I say that the blindfold has to fall down, it’s a metaphoric thing,” he said. “The system is pushing us to be in one way, our parents maybe are saying always ‘no, you have to study this, and then you have to go to university, you have to be like this…'”
The song, for him, reminds us to shrug off outside influences that want to categorize things into “good” or “bad” just because things have always been that way.
Miki will perform his song “La venda” at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 Grand Final on May 18 in Tel Aviv.
Thanks go out to Miki, the Spanish delegation, and Eurovision in Concert for making this interview possible.
Who is Miki?
Miki, whose full name is Miguel Núñez Pozo, is representing Spain at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv. He participated in Operación Triunfo, where he finished 6th in the semi-finals of the competition.
He was one of the thirteen singers selected to take part in the Spanish national final from the show. He had two songs qualify for the final of the contest; “Nadie se salva” and “La venda”. It was with “La venda” that he was selected as the Spanish participant.
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 top10 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.