They say the rain in Spain falls mainly on the plane. I can’t remember why they say that, but it’s not going to stop Ruth Lorenzo bringing some sunshine into the Eurovision final, and hoping to recover Spain’s fortunes from last year’s unfortunate last place finish.
As one of the Big Five, Spain gets a free ticket into the grand final, but this hasn’t always equated to an easy ride. Out of the Big Five (along with France, Germany, Italy and United Kingdom), Spain has probably struggled the most to get a good result. Its two back-to-back victories were 45 years ago now, and you need to go back to 1995 before you find Spain in the top 5.
The semi-final era if anything has been even worse, with only a few bright moments such as Pastora Soler’s 10th place finish in Baku with the amazing “Quédate Conmigo” (should’ve been higher). This year the Spanish have gone for an internal selection, and Ruth Lorenzo emerged victorious.
UK readers might remember her from X-Factor, where she came 5th in 2008. Much rumoured, she finally made her move to represent native Spain. I’m not sure how well this will fare in the contest. It’s growing on me, but originally I felt the chorus was a little boring.
Of course she can certainly bring the amazing vocals, and that’s ultimately going to be what sells this song. I just love her, and while other songs are more to my tastes, I will be so pleased to see her do well. Could there be a Spanish victory? It’s possible – and what a sweet victory that would be.
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