Excitement is building up in Spain as the date for their national final for the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest, Objetivo Eurovisión, approaches. Tonight, Monday the 1st of February, at 22:15 CET the six hopeful artists will defend their songs in order to become the Spanish performer in Stockholm and you'll be able to follow it through our WebTV player!
Last Thursday a press conference took place in Madrid to launch the show that will serve as the national selection method to select Spain's entry for the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm. The six candidates attended it and also drew their starting position for the show (you can listen to the songs by clicking on the titles):
The winner will be decided by a combination of televoting (40%) artists jury (30%) and international jury (30%).
The artists jury will be in the studio during the show and it's made up by last year's Spanish hopeful Edurne, the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest winner, Loreen, and Spanish opera singer Carlos Marín, of the successful international quartet Il Divo.
The international jury will be composed by TV, radio and music professionals selected by other participating Eurovision broadcasters.
About the show
The presenter will be Anne Igartiburu, who has already hosted several Spanish selections in the past, and backstage footage will be provided by Julia Varela, who will be very aware of the social media official hashtag for the show #ObjetivoEurovisión.
Objetivo Eurovisión will also include an interval with performances by Loreen and a Eurovision medley with local artists including D'Nash (Spain 2007) Mirela, Coral, Brequette and Jorge González.
Maverick - Un mundo más feliz (Juan Magan, Darlyn Cuevas' DCS' and Giuseppe Olivares Luiggi)
A happier world is the result of the union of two hot Spanish talents. The young singer Maverick will sing a vibrant song written and produced by one of the most successful DJs, producers and performers in Spain, Juan Magán, a key figure in the current latin dance scene. A happier world is a celebration, a song that exudes rhythm and light through that magic formula that has reinvented the Latin sound becoming a trend in many corners of the planet.
Barei - Say Yay! (Barei, Ruben Villanueva & Victor Pua)
Say Yay! is an up-tempo song in English with a soul vibe and a very contemporary sound and production. "An energetic song, strong and emotional, and lyrics that we can all fee identify with in our daily struggle and our ability to overcome obstacles through effort and to give the best of ourselves in each attempt", as defined by Barei.
Xuso Jones - Victorious (Andreas Öhrn, Peter Boström & Chris Wahle)
The singer from Murcia, Xuso Jones, will perform Victorious, an up-tempo hymn in English with organic elements blending in modern dance sounds. The Swedish authors and producers of the song, Andreas Öhrn, Peter Boström and Chris Wahle are responsible for this song that talks about feeling free and having the courage to take your own way. "We love working with Xuso and, from the beginning, we knew that he was able to bring the song to a new level, with more energy and emotion," they say.
Salvador Beltrán - Días de alegría (Salvador Beltrán & Miguel Ángel Arenas 'Capi')
The Barcelona artist will sing Days of Joy, a Spanish pop song full of optimism in which the rhythm plays a crucial role. The melody, a groundbreaking chorus and the percussion are its key elements developed with a deliberate Brazilian sound. The lyrics talk about the desire to do things, that nothing is impossible and that, through effort, anything can be achieved.
The winner of the 2004 Junior Eurovision Song Contest, María Isabel, will perform There's Only One Life, a Spanish pop track with a latin touch and an optimistic hymn to life. It's a song about new illusions, looking forward, future love... An invitation to enjoy and rush every second looking for happiness through the sounds and melodies "that keep the essence of what we are: a land of joy and great dreamers who do not surrender, latin, Mediterranean and passion" says the author, David Santisteban.
Electric Nana also dreams of success with her own work Now, a song with hints of electronic or synth-rock and a vibrant Motown feel. Very energetic and with a catchy chorus, it was produced, mixed and mastered by Guille Mostaa from the band Ellos, who also plays guitar, percussion, synths, bass and vocals. The artist wanted to include the three languages that she speaks: English, French and Spanish in a song about the contradictions of the human condition, to move to the beat of our hearts and to always be ourselves, always different.