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Spain: Edurne – Amanecer

Having internally selected Edurne in January, RTVE presented their Eurovision song, Amanecer, this morning. Despite the hype, the market quickly discounted the annual Spanish fanboy fervour. Ben Gray considers the current Betfair price of 60s as being too high and believes Spain could break this year's top-10. Esceire argues that Amanecer is a big fanwank and reckons Spain will finish 14th-17th. Squall backs this up by highlighting Spain's lack of voting power and history of "shitty" stage presentations. Unless you are Spanish, I think there was a collective sigh when Edurne's song was published on Monday. With Thomas G:son on board, we all anticipated…

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Amanecer de los muertos

It's a watching brief for now, but given the strength of Italy, I don't consider Spain's 60/1 odds as value.

User Rating: 4.07 ( 22 votes)

Having internally selected Edurne in January, RTVE presented their Eurovision song, Amanecer, this morning.

Despite the hype, the market quickly discounted the annual Spanish fanboy fervour.

Ben Gray considers the current Betfair price of 60s as being too high and believes Spain could break this year’s top-10. Esceire argues that Amanecer is a big fanwank and reckons Spain will finish 14th-17th. Squall backs this up by highlighting Spain’s lack of voting power and history of “shitty” stage presentations.

Unless you are Spanish, I think there was a collective sigh when Edurne’s song was published on Monday. With Thomas G:son on board, we all anticipated a song that contained even the most basic of hooks, or a catchy element for international viewers to engage with. Instead we got the annual corazón bomb and a series of Yeaheeios during the chorus.

Amanecer is a dramatic 3-minutes, but it’s difficult to isolate a particular passage that stands out and leaves a lasting impression. If we identify the main ingredients of a top-4 Eurovision song since the reintroduction of the juries, they all tend to have a strong, discernible hook, and in most cases, were performed in English. The only recent song I can recall that has a vague, tenuous similarity to Amanecer is Željko Joksimović’s Nije Ljubav Stvar, but even that had stronger impact, in addition to greater diaspora to exploit and a significantly more famous singer.

I think the general gist from the comments posted so far is that we need to wait until Spain unveil their stage show in May, as Amanecer struggles in recorded form alone. Maybe an ethno-inspired stage show with live instrumentation and a dusk-to-dawn backdrop will propel Spain into the top-10 and beyond?

It’s a watching brief for now, but given the strength of Italy, I don’t consider Spain’s 60/1 odds as value and would be hoping for 90/1+.

Will Edurne be the dawn of something special for Spain?

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Spain has finished in the top-10 twice in the last ten years.

Highest score (since 2004): 97 (2012 – Partora Soler, Quédate conmigo)
Lowest score (since 2004): 8 (2013 – El Sueño de Morfeo, Contigo hasta el final)
Average final position: 17th
Average final score: 50 points

Average Points Received

Albania – 4.5
Switzerland – 4.1
Portugal – 4.1
Greece – 4.1
Italy – 4.0
Cyprus – 3.6

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22 comments

  1. I don’t even know Spanish and I could understand what “amanecer de los muertos” meant without using Google Translate, haha

    It’s an ok song, might be boosted with a live performance, I sincerely hope they don’t overcook the staging. I’d like to see her in a chiffon-y dress with the dawn imagery of the lyric video as a backdrop with added wind machine.

  2. I was hoping the hype would pay off and to pull off a pretty epic back to lay on Spain, which could have turned my book all-green. So, I’m disappointed that the song has not lived up to expectations. I mean, that little 5 second snippet we heard from the studio… where is it?! That sounds like a totally different song.

    Overall I have some mixed feelings. What this song has NOT done is deliver itself as an explosive pop diva behemoth that achieves fanwank status in the footsteps of Loreen and Emmelie de Forest. Clearly, G:Son and Bostrom have tried to emulate the success of Euphoria by going for a similarly mysterious, dramatic and uplifting feel. What they don’t have on their side is the visual artistry and talent of Loreen, which is revealed every time anyone else tries to sing Euphoria.

    What this song HAS done is provide Spain with a good opportunity to break their 10th place ceiling. After getting over the initial disappointment, I think we shouldn’t be too hard on this song. Its restraint is actually tasteful, and the staging potential is quite high I think. The instrumental of this song wouldn’t sound out of place in a movie.

    However, the fact that it is all in Spanish and not what I’d call commercially relevant/chart worthy/radio-friendly as a song, is probably enough to discount it as a winner until we get to rehearsals. But, its price on Betfair is still too high. It should be in the low 20s.

  3. Completely passed me by on first listen 🙁

  4. Lets be honest, from the moment we heard it we all knew this would be a huge Fanwank ( sorry to offend anyone who doesn’t like this word) as so it has, ill admit i like it but its just going to be like Same Heart last year only difference is this will make the final as i also like Same Heart.

    • What do you mean, esceire? The market has reacted with huge disappointment. It’s anything but a fanwank at the moment!

      • Yes, kind of like how the market reacted to same heart, i believe if you ranked all the tops on youtube this song is 3rd, but then again Spanish entries are usually overrated by fans so it doesn’t come to me as a huge surprise.

        • I have no idea how Amanecer can be compared to Same Heart in any way, unless you’re just doing the typical “woman sings powerful pop that makes fans excited” They’re totally different in musical style, image of artist, themes and messages of the song, melody etc.

          Edurne isn’t singing in Hebrew, strutting around in hotpants waving a sword around and snarling like a panther. That’s what stopped Mei Finegold qualifying. Historical evidence suggests Europe doesn’t really vote for fierce, scary women.

          Just because the market pushes their odds out and the fans like them doesn’t mean they’ll both be failed fanwanks. I think the market is underrating Spain and it should be considered a pretty solid top 10 if the staging is well executed. I know TVE don’t have the best track record there but Ruth wasn’t staged too badly and the rain effect looked quite good.

          • yeah thats the way i meant it, completely different songs but the fan community react to it the same way, another thing you must consider is that it was written by Thomas G;son which is extra Fanwank points for it, i think its going to end up like Georgia 2013 ( ironically another G;son song) it will be a massive fan favourite and then do a lot worse then expected, i don’t think it will be as disastrous as Same Heart but it will be around 14th-17th or so, i agree though about staging, if the staging is impressive enough then it might do better but i don’t think we can judge TVE on 1 performance especially when its a ballad which to be honest wouldn’t be that heard to stage, i don’t really see a staging that would make this song work live but then again i could be totally proven wrong.

  5. This is the first time since I started doing this in 2008 that I’ve actually liked a Spanish song – but now I _really_ like it! And honestly, I don’t get what the market is up to. I wouldn’t have been surprised at all to have seen Spain outright drop to the low teens, and instead it’s drifting heavily. Why?

    The only big hurdle I see is that it’s Spain we’re talking about – unfortunately, that’s indeed a major hurdle. Not only do they lack voting power, but they also have a record of horribly cheesy and just plain shitty presentations. But surely that was known already before the entry was revealed?

  6. Love the verses but the chorus is indifferent!!!

  7. Live performance of Amanecer.

    Lacking a killer vocal for me.

    • She’ll finish well short of the Top 10, I think. Ruth Lorenzo was polishing a turd last year but at least she polished it perfectly.

    • As I said over on Daniel’s site, she missed the same note at the ‘corazon’ bit of the chorus every time, which should be a concern going forward. I also think she puts too much power into the verses, leaving her no room to expand for the chorus. I won’t take this as gospel though, the set looks like it was assembled in the pound shop.

  8. I still think its fairly decent.shes ovbiously not the one of the best vocalists in esc this year.but i think she is capable enough to get by.
    I do like her stage presence and charisma, and think the song could be quite epic if they get staging right.
    Borderline top ten for me

  9. I wouldn’t disagree with either of you. I think the song could be quite epic in the right hands. But this is Spain we’re talking about, who usually invest about the same amount of money as the BBC. Spain tend to hit, or get close to, the top-10 when they have a powerful vocalist. Edurne doesn’t strike me as having that in her locker.

    • They did do a pretty good job with ruth lorenzos staging last year though.i thought that looked fantastic for a ballad and probably sealed its top ten place?

      • I think her staging was a result of record company backing, and her vocal ensured recognition from juries.

        If Spain can capture some of the energy of the video, they may stand a chance, but the vocal will also be a concern.

  10. The problem she has is lack of range.Being so hemmed in because of that means she cant add anything to the melody.Its then flat and lacking any emotion.Frances’s song might be dated, but Lisa Angell is a superb singer,far superior to Edurne here.I could see juries scoring France higher than Spain if the staging isnt 100%.
    There is also the fact the juries will have fantastic contemporary singers like Elhaida Dani and Marjetka ringing in their ears.
    If that vocal is what we get in Vienna and not simply bad acoustics then they are going to need to make full use of that stage or really struggle.

  11. I still think the actual song beats the Spanish entries as far back as I can remember, hands down – that has to count for something. I agree vocals aren’t perfect, and staging is shitty (but when weren’t they for Spain?).

    Fingers crossed it will improve with a more professional setup, and that they don’t go all Spanish with the staging.

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