Ahead of this month’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest, Eurovoix has had the opportunity to talk with Spain’s representative, Soleá.
What does your song “Palante” mean to you?
It’s a positive song. It has a very beautiful message and I think it’s very important for the times we’re living in. It is happy and fun. It’s my favourite song!
Were you surprised at the public reaction to “Palante”?
Yes. The truth is that it has been better than I thought it would be. Thank you to everyone for supporting me and wishing me well. I love you all!
Where were you when you found out you would be representing Spain at this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest?
I was “tricked” by my parents. They made me think that I was going to a photo session. When I got there and they told me about the record company, at first I thought they were lying and I started crying. It was the best news of my life.
You come from a family of flamenco performers. What does flamenco mean to you?
For me, flamenco is my way of living. I grew up in a family of flamenco artists that live as flamenco artists and it is the music I identify with. But in my house, we didn’t just listen to flamenco because my family loves all types of music, good music of course! That’s where my love for pop and other styles of music came from. But I consider myself a flamenco artist first and foremost.
What do you enjoy doing besides singing?
Dancing, of course, and pretending that I am an actress or anything related to the arts. But sometimes I imagine myself as something not related to the arts, like a criminologist or a teacher.
Who is your idol, and what would you say to them if you had the chance to meet them?
Cristina Aguilera. I would tell her that I love her and that I would love to sing with her one day, because I am her number one fan.
How would you describe yourself in three words?
Calm, pure and fun
Eurovoix would like to thank Soleá for her time, and wish her the best of luck at the contest.
Who is Soleá?
Nine-year-old Soleá Fernandez Moreno is from Sevilla, Spain. The singer comes from one of the most important flamenco families in the country (the Farruco), and she made her singing debut in a family show at the La Maestranza theatre when she was young. At four years old, she began dancing and acting, starring in Navidad En Familia.
Soleá was internally selected by RTVE to represent her country at this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Her song “Palante” was composed by César G. Ross, Hajar Sbihi, and Bruno Valverde. The song was written to spread positivity during the times of the Covid-19 crisis.
Spain first took part in the contest in 2003 and participated every year between then and 2006. In 2004, María Isabel brought Spain their only victory so far with “Antes muerta que sencilla”. After an absence of 13 years, Spain returned to the contest last year with “Marte” by Melani García. Spain have finished in the top 5 in all 5 of their attempts.