Melani García has been revealed as the spokesperson of the Spanish jury for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2020.
Melani represented Spain in last year’s contest and was the first Spanish Junior Eurovision participant since 2006. She finished third with the song “Marte”. Melani commented on being the Spanish spokesperson:
“I am very touched and grateful. I am very excited because I love Eurovision. When I was younger and watched it at home, I used to pretend I was giving the points out from each country. It will be magical to return to Junior Eurovision, in one way or another.”
When asked about Soleá, who is representing Spain at this year’s contest, she said:
“I think ‘Palante’ is very fun and happyand Soleá is very exicted. I am sure we will get a good result on November 29.”
RTVE, the Spanish national broadcaster, also revealed the names of the three adults that will form the Spanish jury. They are:
- Emilio Mercader (music producer)
- Jaime Terrón (singer)
- Lola González (choreographer)
The jury will also feature two children who have connections to the music industry. David Asensio, TVE journalist, is a back-up juror in case one of the three adult jurors is unable to vote.
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.
Image Source: Thomas Hanses / Source: RTVE
Spain in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
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.