Oh Spain, really? Ok, so after this performance an awful thought went through my head, ‘I think this might win!’ In the event Daniel Diges got 4 out of the 5 top marks from the juries and topped the televote, beating the favourite Coral. To give him credit he did pull off a good performance but the song doesn’t stand a chance in Oslo.
I’d been pretty sure of a Coral win. The only question was whether she’d pull off a live performance of such a difficult song. In the end her vocals were a little too shouty, the backing singers were dreadful and the backing track was far too quiet. With a bit of work I think the song would have been a real contender to win in Oslo!
I am however always mindful that I said the same thing about Paolo Meneguzzi and his song ‘Era Stupendo’ in 2008. The live performance was a disaster and Switzerland failed to qualify for the final, so maybe Spain actually saved themselves from complete disaster by choosing a mildly disastrous song instead.
N.B. As one of the ‘big 4’ Spain qualifies automatically for the final and doesn’t have to compete in the semi finals.