María Mendiola, who represented Luxembourg at the Eurovision Song Contest 1978 as part of Baccara has died.
Spanish singer María Mendiola formed the music duo Baccara with Mayte Mateos in 1977. They became well-known singers in countries such as the United Kingdom, the Netherlands & France thanks to their hit “Yes Sir, I Can Boogie”. A year later, they won Luxembourg’s national final, consequently earning the right to represent the microstate at the 1978 contest with the song “Parlez-vous français?”. “Parlez-vous français?” finished 7th out of 20 participants, scoring a total of 73 points.
The group tried to represent Sweden at the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest with the song “Soy tu Venus” (I’m your Venus). The song finished 6th out of 7 in their Melodifestivalen semifinal.
The Eurovoix team would like to express our condolences to María Mendiola’s family and friends at this difficult time.
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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 ten occasions, the worst placement being 26th in 2017.