Watch tonight: Spain decides for Copenhagen22 February 2014 at 03:46 CET
The entry of Spain at the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest will be chosen in a televised final to be held in Barcelona tonight. The show is called Mira Quién Va A Eurovisión and will be conducted by Anne Igartiburu.
These are the five hopefuls in the order of appearance determined by a draw (click on the titles to listen to the final versions of the songs):
- Brequette - Más (Run) (Thomas G:son / Tony Sanchez)
- Dama - Estrella Fugaz (Shooting Star) (Melendi)
- Ruth Lorenzo - Dancing In The Rain (Ruth Lorenzo / Jim Irvin / Julian Emery)
- Jorge González - Aunque Se Acabe El Mundo (Even If The World Ends) (Kiko Rodríguez / Bruno Nicolás / Leticia Fuentes / María José Fernández)
- Raúl - Seguir Sin Ti (Go On Without You) (William Duque & Domingo Sánchez)
The winner will be chosen in a a 50% televote and 50% expert jury voting. The jury consists of three of Spain's top music stars: Mónica Naranjo, David Bustamante and Merche.
There are five candidates hoping to represent Spain in Denmark this year. Some of them have tried it before and some have had big hits while others are mostly unknown to the Spanish audience.
- Brequette Cassie participated in the first edition of La Voz (The Voice) and, though born in South Africa, she has expressed her wish of singing at the Eurovision Song Contest representing Spain, the country where she's been living for the last 15 years. She's currently in the preparations of her debut album Puzzle Together.
- Dama is short for Damaris (Abad), a singer born in Sevilla who is better known to the Spanish audience as the partner of top artist Melendi and sister of the popular new artist Rasel. While preparing her second album she's still waiting for her own breakthrough and aims to achieve it through the Eurovision Song Contest and the song Estrella Fugaz, written by none other than Melendi.
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- Ruth Lorenzo was heavily tipped to be the Spanish choice before the announcement of a public selection. Mostly unknown in Spain, she finished in the top 5 of the UK's X Factor in 2008 with Dannii Minogue as her mentor. She has just signed with a new record company aiming to reach not only the Spanish market but the international one too.
- Jorge González first participated in the talent show Operacion Triunfo, then in the 2009 Spanish national final, with Si Yo Vengo A Enamorarte, and more recently in the first edition of La Voz (The Voice) where he was the runner-up. He considers himself a Eurovision fan and will try once again to achieve his dream of representing Spain in the Song Contest.
- Raúl made his breakthrough after he came second in the 2000 Spanish national final with Sueño Su Boca, which became a big success that year and made him win a Spanish Music Award as Best New Artist. Since then he's had further hits and released six albums.
Both Brequette and Ruth Lorenzo have already reached the Top5 of the Spanish iTunes singles chart with Ruth peaking at #1.
Spain won the Eurovision Song Contest at London's Royal Albert Hall in 1968 followed by a home victory in 1969. Tonight's winner will participate in the Final in Copenhagen on the 10th of May to become the 54th Spanish entry.