Likely Televote Appeal
Likely Jury Appeal
Cohesiveness of Package
The live performance of Say Yay! was distinctly amateurish with a catalogue of vocal and presentational issues
In a national final void of variety with songs lacking commercial viability, the Spanish public, aided by the jury, opted to send early favourite, Barei with the song Say Yay!
This is new territory for Spain: English lyrics and no ‘Corazon‘ is indeed a significant break from tradition. However, from the limited lineup of songs, Barei’s Say Yay! always stood out as the potential winner, and for us gamblers, the key to some fantastic in-running rehearsal lays in Stockholm.
This bold step into unfamiliar territory doesn’t guarantee success for Spain, even though the bar for success is set very low. Let’s face it, the live performance of Say Yay! was distinctly amateurish with a catalogue of vocal and presentational issues.
Looking at the presentational side things, the performance lacked the positive, fun energy of the studio version. Barei also appeared too fierce dressed in black and diva-ish signals were seeping out. Additionally, the Kurt Calleja shuffle looked clumsy and poorly choreographed. Given Barei is an unsigned artist, it’s likely she needs help in this area, so for now, let’s not get too hung up on these matters. Going forward, though, Spain will need a bright, carnival of colour to accompany this song.
Vocally, there’s far more for the Eurovision juries to punish, and last night showed Barei and her backing singers have a long way to go to achieve anywhere near a passable standard. Let’s look at some recent fun comparables:
Greece finished an average of 12th place with the juries in 2013. Alcohol Is Free had a much stronger identity than Say Yay!, in addition better vocals. Add Spain’s typical voting lag to the mix and another circa 20th place is on the cards.
Anggun in 2012 is another example, albeit non-English lyrics, but equally incomprehensible. France finished 13th with the juries and last in the televote.
Then we come to Spain 2009 and Soraya, which was another overhyped entry that finished a dismal 24th. La Noche Es Para Mi is streets ahead of Say Yay! and benefits from a more memorable hook.
Despite the hyperbole spewing out of the Eurovision bubble, there are sufficient grounds to dispute this song doing well that can be summed up in a simple sentence: Say Yay! lacks a hook, a hummable melody and it’s from Spain.
Are Spain aiming for another 20+ finish?