The Spanish artist Pablo López wins La Elección Interna 2016, an annual poll organised by Spanish Eurovision fansite Eurovision-spain.com and voted by its readers and an expert jury. Four other male singers complete the Top 5 ideal candidates to represent Spain at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest.
The Eurovision Song Contest is often the subject of news in the Spanish media, especially when it comes about creating rumours about potential candidates. That's one of the reasons why, seven years ago, the fansite Eurovision-spain.com launched a poll to test its readers' ideal candidates to represent Spain at Europe's favourite TV show.
After the votes of the site's users and an expert jury the winner of the poll turned out to be Pablo López, a classically trained musician from Málaga: a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who first appeared in the Spanish music scene in the 2008 edition of Operación Triunfo. In 2014 his first album gained him, among other accolades, a nomination for Best New Artist at the Latin Grammys, a Gold record and a warm reception by the Spanish audience. Earlier this year he reached #1 for the first time in the Spanish Charts with his song El Mundo:
Pablo Lopez has managed to win in a close voting where two other male artists, the young singers Xuso Jones and Alvaro Soler came second and third respectively. Both Ruth Lorenzo (Spain 2014) and Edurne (Spain 2015) were among the favorites in La Elección Interna the years they were chosen to represent Spain at the Eurovision Song Contest.
The Spanish broadcaster TVE still has to make an announcement as to what method they will use for their national selection for Stockholm, but one thing is sure: Spain will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016, as they confirmed their participation some weeks ago at the Eurovision Creative Forum in Berlin.