Let's dance the Chiki Chiki!

Rodolfo Chikilicuatre's entry for the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest, Baila El Chiki Chiki, started with an electronic version of the chorus of the famous children's song Old MacDonald Had A Farm, played by himself on a tiny plastic instrument. He was supported on stage by five good-looking female backing dancers. All of them wore clothes in flashy colours, and their dance routine consisted of robot-like movements. The stage act starts with a big pyrotechnical bang, and everytime Rodolfo sings uno, dos, tres, or cuatro - the Spanish numbers used to list the four dances in the Chiki Chiki routine - pyros are used, too. They look like small clouds of fire, appearing in front of the singers. At the same time, the names of the dances are shown on the background scenery. For the light scenery, two colours are used: lime-green and dark-red. The whole performance was very entertaining and truly funny. Rodolfo sang his nasally pronounced vocal parts well, and the choreography looked elaborate and smart.

Rodolfo Chikilicuatre, who was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1972. On his way from Latin America to Spain, he brought along the music style of reggaeton, which has influenced his Eurovision Song Contest entry. Rodolfo became famous through the Spanish national selection for the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest, which was organised in a way that had never been tried before in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest: Artists could apply to become the Spanish representative through MySpace, via the internet. After all applications had been received and approved, the public could vote for the songs for several days, and the top five songs in their ranking got a place in the national final, which was broadcast on TV. Five more songs were chosen for the final by a professional jury. In the final show, televoting decided that Rodolfo Chikilicuatre should represent Spain in the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest.

In the press conference, the Head of the Spanish delegation, Federico Llano, was asked why, this year, there have been more promotional activities around the Spanish entry for the Eurovision Song Contest than in the last three years. He replied that, unlike in previous years, the promotion came more or less without help from the Spanish public television, TVE, as the song had already become a big hit, and there was support from other TV channels. Furthermore, the song got very popular because of the cooperation with the internet portal MySpace. Rodolfo Chikilicuatre claimed that his song was loved as much by children as by elder people, and they all dance to the moves of El Chiki Chiki




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