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Spain: Alfred & Amaia – Tu Canción

Following a unique, Big Brother influenced selction concept, Spain has just selected their Eurovision 2018 entry. The victors were in-love couple, Alfred & Amaia with the song, Tu Canción (Your Song). There's no escaping the chemistry between Alfred & Amaia. It transcends what is an unremarkable song for non-Spanish speakers. But it's a song that describes the dizzying rush of excitement that is young love. The package in current form is far from perfect, though. It isn’t Salvador mark-II and nor is it an Ilse & Waylon reprise. The duo lack the vocal security and gravitas to match those performances.…
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It’s a song that could really go viral on the night, or could disappoint and finish outside of the top-10. The jury is out for now.

User Rating: 3.03 ( 42 votes)

Following a unique, Big Brother influenced selction concept, Spain has just selected their Eurovision 2018 entry.

The victors were in-love couple, Alfred & Amaia with the song, Tu Canción (Your Song).

There’s no escaping the chemistry between Alfred & Amaia. It transcends what is an unremarkable song for non-Spanish speakers. But it’s a song that describes the dizzying rush of excitement that is young love.

The package in current form is far from perfect, though. It isn’t Salvador mark-II and nor is it an Ilse & Waylon reprise. The duo lack the vocal security and gravitas to match those performances. However, they do have elements of those delicate Eurovision triumphs that may serve Spain well in Lisbon.

The Common Linnets simmered their way through Calm After The Storm in Copenhagen. It was the ‘real music’ winner in 2014, but it was the staging that made the Netherlands crash from over 100/1 to short-priced favourites before the Conchita frenzy took over. The connection between Ilse & Waylon was both intense and heart-warming, and was perfectly captured by a circling steady-cam.

Fast forward to 2018 again and Alfred & Amaia showed the tiniest glimmer of potential during the rehearsals, as they performed face-to-face while holding hands. This moment caused Spain’s price to drop as gamblers recognised what could be a magical entry. As many former Eurovision acts have found out to their cost, you can’t manufacture this sort of chemistry. And it’s a chemistry that transcends any language barrier in the same way that Salvador seduced Europe with a Portuguese love song.

The national final performance was clumsy. The two pianos added nothing and instead focussed viewers’ attention on Alfred’s awkwardness. The winner’s reprise was much stronger, as Alfred & Amaia stood centre stage like a newly married couple about to take their first dance. The magic was back. So the message to the Spanish delegation is, let them be themselves. No frills. No gimmicks. Just let them sing to each other while a Common Linnets-style steady-cam circles them. This is an excellent opportunity for Spain. I feel the current 10/1 is a tad too short, but I would never want to be red on this until I saw the Eurovision version. It’s a song that could really go viral on the night, or could disappoint and finish outside of the top-10. The jury is out for now.

  • Genuine chemistry
  • Doesn’t need gimmicks to standout
  • Vocals aren’t perfect
  • Alfred can appear awkward
  • Juries less likely to be on board with this song

Can Alfred & Amaia keep it together for Lisbon?

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19 comments

  1. Iv followed Operacion Triunfo all season.I watched it to pass some time,but when i saw Amaia i knew she was something special and started backing Spain on Betfair at 60s and all the way down to 28s and was hooked on the show.I probably got a little lucky in the end with the duet and the romance,but il take it.
    Spain have a challenger for the top places here.No doubt about that.Maybe even the win.However they also have an amazing chance to make a mess of it.The staging tonight was wrong.Pianos,seperate,walking around?.Shows how far Spain are from understanding staging.
    This song has an incredible bridge,yet they didnt use it at all in the staging.?
    For me its simple.Natural stance,no gimmicks.Camera work in close and intimate right until the bridge.Then swirl the cameras around the couple.Make the violins much higher in the mix here as the vocals go up the range.Swirl the camera around and then out into the roof space.Rush back in to an explosion of vocals,emotion and light as they come out of the bridge and let the televoters fall in love during the refrain.Its as simple as that.That way your laying it down to the rest,come and beat us.
    This is a cracking entry,if Spain dont get top four then the delegation should be burned at the stake for making a mess of it and letting down a great song and fantastic artist in Amaia.
    I have sold my original stake at 11.5 though as i think thats probably slightly short at this stage.

  2. Now watch them turn this into a ballad version of Lithuania 2015 on stage.

    Ok but seriously. If this couple are genuinely in love and you’re backing them, you have to consider the possibility that they might no longer be in love in May.

    They would then be under a contractual obligation to sing a song that reminds them of their broken romance in front of 200 million people on live international TV and several times before in rehearsals and put on a brave face for the parasitic paparazzi. God, the very thought of it all, it’s like a bad Spanish soap opera, or an episode of Black Mirror.

    I can see what others are seeing in this, but I’m not sold. I just feel sorry for the lovebirds.

  3. I’m not calling plagiarism or anything but I really do see strong similarities between this and Portugal last year abd that could be its big down fall. I do see the strong potential in this but it’s sort of irrelevant if the public consider it a copy cat of last year’s winner. I personally really can’t stand it as a song and a package but until I know more I am not prepared to make a prediction yet, my money would be on not a great finish but lots can change.

    • Honestly I hate the song so much I refuse to listen to it again, if I’m being honest I will be pissed if this does well as it feels as if the team behind have basically forgot the song bit decided to just cover it with glitter. Part of me can’t see this doing well at all (deservedly so) but part of me thinks the public will be stupid enough to fall for it and vote accordingly… I hope Spain do well as I got a strong affiliation to Spain but I hope this song crashes and burns. I would call about 18th-19th at this stage.

  4. I’m conflicted on this, I don’t quite see it as a challenger for a top place but then I can’t see it flopping into Spain’s typical places or just hovering in mid table. Partly, I feel that alot of the impact and charm of this could be diluted by following last year’s entry. The idea of a sweet, old fashioned love song in Spanish following up on a sweet old fashioned love song in Portuguese is a little odd. Salvador had such an impact that anything else suffers in comparison, and this is open to comparison. It also did nothing for me on first watch. I didn’t watch anything of Spain’s selection until the rehearsal videos and my first thoughts on all of them were Spain are in trouble again, unlike with Salvador which made me take notice immediately. I don’t think this has the gas to go all the way for a win, but with sensible staging is a top ten and could be Spain’s best finish in a lot of years. Until I see how strong or otherwise this year becomes, I have this 5th-12th

  5. It really has potential. But it also has a problem – this is a presentation. They need a romantic staging. And I did not understand why the girl is dressed in office clothes.

  6. Keyword for me will be: Genuine.

    Please, keep it genuine. If this gets pulled from the performance it’s just a ‘good’ duet and it can get lost and will be (bottom) on the right side of the table.

    When seeing the audition video, I got the ‘magic feeling’ like Salvadors, but not as strong as last year. When seeing the live version (with the piano’s) it dropped drasticly already, it didn’t feel as genuine and sweet anymore.

    I wouldn’t care if they just put them on the stage without preparing anything in their casual clothes, it needs to be genuine and magic like the audition was. This chemistry is the vital part.

    Even if this magic is there, the jury will be a big doubt for me. They could go for Salvador because it was seen as art. This is just super sweet, but from jury-perspective, I’m not sure they can go for this for the top spots based on that. And it isn’t like the song and vocals are that impressive to go for. Also, the Salvador comparison could be a danger indeed.

    Would back arround 30 at this moment, but not for these odds.

  7. Contrary to what a lot of people believe, I do not think this song will go anywhere in the top 10 in the contest.

    Why? The song ( and presentation ) are very cheesy, it’s an outdated ballad-form and juries will surely smack this down. Televote will like it a bit more but then again, how many other ‘ tasteful ballads ‘ will we get after Salvador his speech ?

    It seems like a lot of people are jaded by the ‘ non fastfood music ‘ speech Salvador gave previous year togheter with his very sincere simple song winning, this song is nowhere near that quality.

  8. No ART here. Just some emotion is not enough. Low jury vote… Good televote. However, Spain can expect a better result comparing with last year.

  9. Trying to follow the Salvador Sobral line is a lost challenge … The probability of two intimate and eternal songs coming in two years in a row is extremely low. Be that as it may, the Spaniards had a much more challenging alternative: Arde. There was no jury of experts to put Tu Canción in its right place … That was to stay in Spain. I predict TOP15 with some optimism. It’s still too early.

  10. Now I have to preface my comments by confessing that last year I spent a lot of time spelling out why Salvador couldn’t and wouldn’t win Eurovision, so I have to keep an open mind on this one. That said – pluses:

    – The song is very sweet.
    – There is undeniable chemistry there.

    Minuses
    – The song is no Amar Pelos Dois or Calm After the Storm
    – She is much better vocally and more comfortable on stage than he is
    – Their voices don’t entirely gel
    – Their costumes (especially hers) were wrong. It had the feel of an office romance. All that was missing was the on-stage photocopier. By the end of the song it looked as if she wanted to pull him into the stationery cupboard for a knee-trembler
    – Experience has shown that trying to follow the previous year’s template for ESC success usually comes a cropper.
    – No one ever got rich backing Spain to do well at Eurovision!

  11. On the issue of Amaia looking like an office worker.I agree.Its also one of the reasons she beat Ana and Aitana who looked like they were about to perform sexual acts on the crowd that would of made Caligula blush.
    50% of the working population go to an office every day dressed like her.She was relatable to them.That matters.
    The song itself has little in common with Portugal.This is more an orchestral pop ballad where the melody is designed around piano,strings and vocal harmonies leading to an explosive bridge.As Gav says it could go viral or it could flop if they stage it wrong.20s feels about right at the moment.

  12. I cant believe no one sees how cringey this is and this being awarded with more stars than France is crazy, Gav
    This will be lucky to avoid bottom 7 ( and that thanks to ” ah a cute couple ” votes and nothing else )

  13. Hoping this doesn’t come to pass, and that is not a bad premonition, but in the life show all the finalists received coaching on how to deal with the press and Ana asked Amaia

    Are you concerned about the possibility of coming last? :-{

    Video here: https://youtu.be/eexhF_WgwVo?t=42m31s (In Spanish)

  14. It’s hideous! Hahaha. The cringe. I had to just…breathe… through it.

    – eye contact should always be with us. For star-crossed gazing, less is more. It’s not a staring contest.
    – there’s no melody. Though this didn’t harm Portugal
    – speaking of, you can rarely copy last year’s winner’s vibe/shtick and get away with it
    – stop grinning at each other what is this i don’t even

    This will vie for last place.

  15. Apart from their positions on the Iberian peninsula, I don’t see any relevance in this Portugal/Spain business….this is nothing like Salvador 2017…..that was class, this is, as the Spanish might say, “acaramelado”…syrupy and over sweet….

  16. I don’t believe this is “cringey” to the majority viewer. As Gav said there’s real chemistry here.

    And they’re bound to stay together until May and beyond, so much riding on it, and I’m sure it’s the real thing. Even UK BB showmances who hate each other have motivation to stay together for a year or two lol.

  17. Looks like the delegation are listening already.The Fiesta performance at the end of the series was much closer to whats needed.Piano’s are gone.There are two stairs on the ESC stage so its possible we are getting a “coming together” staging without silly props..Alfred is still a little crunch faced,but much better than before,obvious they are schooling him for that.Amaia perfect as always,shes hugely talented.Very very well executed orchestral pop.Its just a shame we dont still have an orchestra so the camera would swing through the string section during that explosive bridge.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOiZEmtCgsc

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