Likely Televote Appeal
Likely Jury Appeal
La Bottom 5
La Venda's main strength is its almost spontaneous and enjoyable energy.
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.