Likely Televote Appeal
Likely Jury Appeal
It’s a song that could go viral on the night, or could disappoint and finish well outside of the top-10. The jury is out for now.
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.
— Bastardo | GANA AMAIA (@bxstxrdo) January 30, 2018
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 go viral on the night, or could disappoint and finish well 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
NEW VERSION UPDATE:
Blimey! They’ve gone full Albania-devamp in butchering this. The extra instrumentation layers make it sound like a Richard Clayderman composition for the hot new album soon to hit shelves, ‘Elevator Moods’. It’s like they took the BBC’s Eldorado theme tune as inspiration. Try again next year, Spain. Dear me.
Can Alfred & Amaia keep it together for Lisbon?