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Spain: Miki – La Venda

Miki won 'Gala Eurovisión' last night with the song La Venda. It's a bright and cheerful Latin-based song and is exactly the sort of thing Spain should be sending to Eurovision given the current musical trends. But predictably Spain embarked the Latin train just as it began to run out of steam. If I was setting the Eurovision final running order, La Venda would be would be the perfect inoffensive show opener or closer. It has an infectious energy and a simple, memorable hook that cleverly conceals its wider frailties. This isn't the sort of song juries go for and…
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La Venda's main strength is its almost spontaneous and enjoyable energy.

User Rating: 2.47 ( 19 votes)

Miki won ‘Gala Eurovisión’ last night with the song La Venda. It’s a bright and cheerful Latin-based song and is exactly the sort of thing Spain should be sending to Eurovision given the current musical trends. But predictably Spain embarked the Latin train just as it began to run out of steam.

If I was setting the Eurovision final running order, La Venda would be would be the perfect inoffensive show opener or closer. It has an infectious energy and a simple, memorable hook that cleverly conceals its wider frailties.

This isn’t the sort of song juries go for and the public vote hasn’t been kind to Spain in recent years. In the last 15-years, Spain has finished 20th or worse 10-times. Even supposed fan favourite, Barei, ended up 23rd on the televote in 2016 despite being upbeat and mildly entertaining. I would be willing to accept that La Venda is more entertaining and engaging than Say Yay!, but then other countries are already lining up their own more professional take on the genre. Even so, it’s worth considering that La Venda’s main strength is its almost spontaneous and enjoyable energy. With that in mind, I can’t totally discount a better than expected finish for Miki, but even then I’m considering somewhere around 17th. More likely is that we’ll be reviewing the results on May 19th and chalking up another bottom-5 finish for Spain.

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5 comments

  1. These party songs are generally not to my personal taste I must admit, but even taking that into consideration this is a million miles away from, say, Golden Boy or Yodel It. Miki is not particularly charismatic, his voice is a tad annoying, and he can’t dance to save himself. This sort of fare would go down a storm on a drunken Saturday night at Pontins but at Eurovision I doubt it. As you say, Gav, juries will hate this and, like the UK, Spain have to field something really special to win over televoters and La Venda isn’t that.

    I think bottom 5 or not is the correct question and it would probably have to be placed last in the running order to avoid the former fate.

  2. Catriona Colville

    It feels like a far more enjoyable version of Moldova last year. I expect it to have broad international appeal, but the juries will vomit all over the screen with this.

    I think Spain will get a solid mid-table with this.

    I think 2/5 is harsh on both of this year’s songs. 2 quality entries already. 2019 is looking already better than 2018. Long may it continue!

  3. Think 2/5 is spot on, alas. It seems that some countries are stuck in a Groundhog Day repeat mode with their mode of entry, and Spain is right on up there with them.

    This has 20th to 26th written all over it I fear.

    I’m a Hispanophile: I really want them to do better.

  4. Look at those fake instruments,terrible i hope they lose them for ESC or at least look real.Its lively enough and full of energy and people will enjoy it,but then vote for something else i expect.The format is good now how Spain select,but i thought from the start it was a very weak set of contestants this year.So it proved.

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