Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017

Eurovision Song Contest 2017
Country  Spain
National selection
Selection process Objetivo Eurovisión 2017
Selection date(s) Wildcard round final
12 January 2017
National final
11 February 2017
Selected entrant Manel Navarro
Selected song « Do It for Your Lover« 
Selected songwriter(s) Manel Navarro
Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄2016 2017

Spain will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. The Spanish broadcaster Televisión Española (TVE) organised the national final Objetivo Eurovisión 2017 in order to select the Spanish entry for the 2017 contest in Kiev, Ukraine.

Background

Prior to the 2017 contest, Spain had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest fifty-six times since its first entry in 1961.[1] The nation has won the contest on two occasions: in 1968 with the song « La, la, la » performed by Massiel and in 1969 with the song « Vivo cantando » performed by Salomé, the latter having won in a four-way tie with France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Spain has also finished second four times, with Karina in 1971, Mocedades in 1973, Betty Missiego in 1979 and Anabel Conde in 1995. In 2016, Spain placed twenty-second with the song « Say Yay! » performed by Barei.

The Spanish national broadcaster, Televisión Española (TVE), broadcasts the event within Spain and organises the selection process for the nation’s entry. TVE confirmed their intentions to participate at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest on 14 September 2016.[2] The Spanish broadcaster had used both national finals and internal selection to choose the Spanish entry in the past. In 2016, TVE selected the entry that would compete at the Eurovision Song Contest via the multi-artist national final Objetivo Eurovisión. For their 2017 entry, the broadcaster revealed details regarding their selection procedure on 26 October 2016 and announced the organization of a further edition of Objetivo Eurovisión.[3]

Before Eurovision

Objetivo Eurovisión 2017

Objetivo Eurovisión 2017 was the competition that selected Spain’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. The Spanish national final took place at the VAV studios in Leganés, Community of Madrid on 11 February 2017, featuring six competing entries.[4] One of the competing artists in the national final was selected from a wilcard round called Eurocasting. The rest of the participants in the national final were invited to compete by the broadcaster from among artists signed to record labels.[3]

Eurocasting wildcard round

One of the competing artists in the national final was selected through the wildcard round Eurocasting. A submission period was open from 27 October until 27 November 2016. At the conclusion of the submission period, 392 entries were received.[5] Professionals at RTVE Digital, the digital branch of the broadcaster, evaluated the entries received and selected 30 entries for an Internet vote.[6] The 30 shortlisted entries were revealed via TVE’s official website rtve.es on 1 December 2016, including songs by Javi Soleil, who represented Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 as part of D’Nash, and Brequette, runner-up at the 2014 national final. Internet users had between 2 and 12 December 2016 to vote for their favourite entries.[7] The ten entries with the most votes qualified to the next stage, where they were evaluated by a professional panel. The panel selected three candidates to compete during a concert show that was held in Pozuelo de Alarcón, Community of Madrid on 12 January 2017 and broadcast live on TVE’s Botón Rojo interactive television service and TVE’s official website.[8][9][10] The winner, LeKlein, was determined by the public.[6]

First stage

The voting took place from 2 to 12 December 2016. Votes from 55,264 Internet users were received. The top ten entries that qualified for the next stage were announced on 15 December 2016 during the webcast show Spain Calling, hosted by Irene Mahía and Paloma G. Quirós and streamed on TVE’s official website rtve.es.[11] Full results of the Internet vote were published on 14 January 2017.[12]

Second stage

A jury panel evaluated ten entries and selected the three songs that advanced to Eurocasting concert, the final stage of the wildcard round. Each of the seven members of the jury awarded 3, 2 and 1 points to their three favourite entries. The members of the jury panel were:[13]

  • Juan Magán – Chairperson – singer, songwriter and producer
  • Sheila Blanco – singer, songwriter and vocal coach
  • Sebas E. Alonso – journalist, co-director of Jenesaispop
  • David Feito – musician, singer and songwriter, represented Spain in the 2013 contest as part of El Sueño de Morfeo
  • Pepe Herrero – composer and conductor
  • Guille Milkyway – singer, songwriter and producer, creator and frontman of La Casa Azul
  • Pascual Osa – composer and conductor

The three finalists were announced on 20 December 2016 during the webcast show Spain Calling, hosted by Irene Mahía and Paloma G. Quirós and streamed on TVE’s official website rtve.es.[11][14][15]

Eurocasting concert

The final stage of the Eurocasting wilcard round took place at Ciudad de la Imagen in Pozuelo de Alarcón, Community of Madrid on 12 January 2017, hosted by Irene Mahía and Paloma G. Quirós and broadcast live on TVE’s Botón Rojo interactive television service and TVE’s official website rtve.es.[16][10] The winner, LeKlein, was determined solely by a public vote via TVE’s official Eurovision app and official website.[10][17] The five acts invited by TVE to compete in the national final by internal decision were also revealed during the broadcast. In addition to the performances from the artists competing for the wilcard spot in the national final, YouTuber David Rees performed a mashup of Spanish Eurovision entries and 1990 Spanish Eurovision entrants Azúcar Moreno performed their entry « Bandido« .[18]

Eurocasting concert – 12 January 2017
Draw Artist Song (English Translation) Result Place
1 Javián « No somos héroes » (We aren’t heroes) 21.7% 2
2 Fruela « Live It Up » 15.0% 3
3 LeKlein « Ouch!! » 63.3% 1

National final

The televised final took place at the VAV studios in Leganés, Community of Madrid on 11 February 2017, hosted by Jaime Cantizano. The show was broadcast live on La 1 as well as online via TVE’s official website rtve.es.[3][19][4] Six competing artists, including LeKlein who won the wildcard spot by a public vote, were revealed live during the Eurocasting concert on 12 January 2017 broadcast via TVE’s Botón Rojo service and TVE’s official website. Among the competing artists was Mirela, who was runner-up in the 2007 national final and finished fourth in the 2009 national final.[10][20]

The winning entry, Manel Navarro, was determined by a combination of the votes from the public via televote, SMS and app voting (50%) and the votes from an in-studio jury panel (50%) consisting of television and radio professionals. In case of a tie, the jury panel was assigned the role to decide the winner in a second round of voting. Manel Navarro and Mirela both obtained 58 points, and two of the three panel members voted for Manel in the tie-break.[21][22] The members of the jury panel were:[23]

  • Xavi Martínez – radio program director and presenter at Los 40
  • Javier Cárdenas – radio program director and presenter at Europa FM and television program director and host at La 1
  • Virginia Díaz – radio program director and presenter at Radio 3 and television program director and presenter at La 2

In addition to the performances from the competing artists, 1971 Spanish Eurovision entrant Karina performed her entry « En un mundo nuevo« , 2001 Spanish Eurovision entrant David Civera performed his entry « Dile que la quiero« , actors Roko and Edu Soto performed a medley of Eurovision songs, and 2016 Spanish Eurovision entrant Barei performed her entry « Say Yay!« .[24]

Objetivo Eurovisión 2017 – 11 February 2017
Draw Artist Song (English Translation) Songwriter(s) Jury Televote Total Place
1 Manel Navarro « Do It for Your Lover«  Manel Navarro 34 24 58 1a
2 LeKlein « Ouch!! » David Ascanio, Vanesa Cortés, Albert Neve, Abel Ramos 22 30 52 3
3 Paula Rojo « Lo que nunca fue » (What never was) Paula Rojo, Álvaro Bárcena 21 18 39 6
4 Mario Jefferson « Spin My Head » Chris Wahle 25 15 40 5
5 Maika « Momento crítico » (Critical moment) Rafael Artesero, José Juan Santana 20 21 41 4
6 Mirela « Contigo » (With you) Tony Sánchez-Ohlsson, Isaac Luke, Ander Pérez 22 36 58 2a
Detailed Jury Votes
Draw Artist Song X. Martínez J. Cárdenas V. Díaz Total
1 Manel Navarro « Do It for Your Lover«  12 10 12 34
2 LeKlein « Ouch!! » 7 7 8 22
3 Paula Rojo « Lo que nunca fue » 8 6 7 21
4 Mario Jefferson « Spin My Head » 10 5 10 25
5 Maika « Momento crítico » 6 8 6 20
6 Mirela « Contigo » 5 12 5 22
NOTES:
a. ^ As Manel Navarro and Mirela both finished with 58 points, the jury decided the winner between the two in a tie-break voting round. Xavi Martínez and Virginia Díaz voted for Manel Navarro, while Javier Cárdenas voted for Mirela.[22]
Incidents

During the tie-break voting round, when the jury panel selected Manel Navarro over the public vote’s favourite Mirela, and before the reprise performance of the winning song, loud boos and accusations of rigging could be heard, which resulted in uneasy moments: Manel Navarro responded with a bras d’honneur as he was being booed while on stage.[25]

Following the events at the national final, the selection of Xavi Martínez as a jury panellist was challenged over potential conflict of interest since Martínez had promoted eventual winner Manel Navarro and his entry « Do It for Your Lover » on his radio program on Los 40.[26] On 13 February 2017, Member of Spanish Parliament for Toledo José Miguel Camacho, from the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party, placed a motion to request TVE for clarification on the details of the selection process for Eurovision and on the possibility of nullifying the results of the national final.[27] On 15 February 2017, Member of Parliament for Valencia Ricardo Sixto, from Unidos Podemos, registered a similar motion.[28] On 22 February 2017, TVE’s Head of Entertainment and responsible for Objetivo Eurovisión 2017 Toñi Prieto was summoned to appear before TVE’s Audit Committee to clarify allegations of mishandling.[29]

TVE issued an statement on 26 February 2017, stating that the selection process had been conducted following the regulations set by the European Broadcasting Union and that all candidates had accepted the rules at every stage of the process. The statement also defended the criteria of the members of the jury panel in the final, stating that, as music radio hosts from the three main media groups in the country, it this evident they usually have contact with artists, singers and music producers for professional reasons.[30]

Preparation

The official video of the song, directed by Mauri D. Galiano, was filmed in February 2017 on the north coast of Tenerife, Canary Islands.[31] The music video will serve as the official preview video for the Spanish entry.

Promotion

Manel Navarro will make appearances across Europe to specifically promote « Do It for Your Lover » as the Spanish Eurovision entry. On 18 February 2017, Manel Navarro performed « Do It for Your Lover » during the third semi-final of the Ukrainian Eurovision national final.[32] On 2 April, Manel Navarro will perform during the London Eurovision Party, which will be held at the Café de Paris venue in London, United Kingdom.[33] On 8 April, Manel Navarro will perform during the Eurovision in Concert event which will be held at the Melkweg venue in Amsterdam, Netherlands.[34]

In addition to his international appearances, he performed the song on talk show ¡Qué tiempo tan feliz! on Telecinco on 25 February.[35]

At Eurovision

The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 will take place at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev, Ukraine and will consist of two semi-finals on 9 and 11 May and the final on 13 May 2017.[36] According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the « Big 5 » (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final. As a member of the « Big 5 », Spain automatically qualifies to compete in the final. In addition to their participation in the final, Spain is also required to broadcast and vote in one of the two semi-finals.

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