Spain's selection process kicked off at the end of 2008 where an open invitation through website Myspace asked for song submissions. Following that, thirty songs were selected to compete over three semi finals. Two semi-finals were already completed and in a marathon show in the evening of the 1st of March, the third and last semi final took place. Three songs qualified to the final directly and a fourth progressed to the second chance round.
After the last semi final, it was announced that the songs which finished in fourth place in the three semi-finals would also take a place in the final.
After an interval act, the results were announced and Soraya and Melody actually tied for first place, the juries preferred Melody and televoters preferred Soraya. The rules in Spain this year stipulate that in the event of a tie, the song which reveived more televotes would win, and that meant Soraya was declared as the winner. See her winning entry La Noche Es Para Mí (The Night Is For Me) below.
Soraya has a secret!
Soraya Arnelas was born in Valencia de Alcántara, in the Spanish region of Extremadura, on 13 September 1982. Her career as an artist started in 2005, after she had become the most popular finalist of the TV programme “Operación Triunfo.” Since then, Soraya’s record trajectory has been meteoric, with four albums made with the record company Vale Music/Universal Music Spain.
Talking with Eurovision.tv about her act in Moscow, she told they'll dance a lot but they also will surprise everyone, hopefully. "We have a secret thing we can not tell now," Soraya said with a twinkle in her eyes. "It's something that's never been done on Eurovision. Play with something they've never tried." You can see the whole interview below.
Spain will perform in the Final of this year's Eurovision Song Contest on the 16th of May in Moscow. Read more about Soraya on her Artist Profile.