Best of the Bunch: The Trials – Spain

Through our Best of the Bunch series, we gave a recap on the Eurovision entries from 2006 to 2015 and gave you the opportunity to choose your Best of the Bunch. As you may remember, the current Best of the Bunch winners were put into our ‘Ultimate Eurovision’ but it’s time to see which of the latest three entries have remained as your favourites! In our Best of the Bunch: The Trials series, we are going to recap the entries from a certain nation starting with 2016 and continuing through to the latest Eurovision season of 2018. Your job is to simply enjoy the music, and vote for your Best of the Bunch winner!

Today we will be looking closer at Spain, a nation that has had a mixed history at Eurovision having won the contest twice, but have had their fair share of last place finishes as well! Since becoming one of the Big 5 nations, Spain’s success has been far and few between with most occasions the nation fails to break out from the bottom of the table, but despite that we want to celebrate the last three entries! Once we recap the last three entries, you will be able to vote for your Best of the Bunch!

Spain 2016

We start our journey today with an energetic number from Spain, and the first full English song sent by Spain at the contest. We are of course talking about Barei, who won the Spanish national final with her upbeat song called Say Yay! The song had potential due to its upbeat nature, and Barei’s stage presence was second to none. In her performance in the final, she pulled a bit of a stunt by pretending to fall on stage, but the gimmick wasn’t enough to capture fans. Despite the potential for the song, Spain ended up in 22nd place with 77 points.

Spain 2017

With another controversial national final, it was decided that Manel Navarro would represent Spain in 2017 with his song Do It For Your Lover, which was in a much more relaxed style than Barei’s entry in the previous year. In fact, it was a very summery style song that was unlike much of what we had seen from Spain in previous years, but unfortunately it wasn’t getting too much buzz in the Eurovision community before the contest. A very mellow performance at Eurovision unfortunately didn’t make a big impact on the voting, as Spain finished in last place with just 5 points.

Spain 2018

That brings us to the most recent Spanish entry, which was chosen though a refreshed national final format promoting up and coming artists in a reality style television program. In the Eurovision gala, it was decided that a duo of Amaia and Alfred would represent Spain with their very cutesy song Tu Canción. As one of the first songs to be released for the 2018 season, and on the back of Salvador’s win with a very similar song the previous year, things were looking up for Spain as they seemed to be a hit with the fans. The loved up duo took to the stage and flaunted their relationship in the purest way possible, and although it was a beautiful ballad, once again it failed to capture the attention of the voters. The song finished in 23rd place with 61 points.

So now you’ve seen all three performances, it’s time to vote for your Best of the Bunch!

If you want more Best of the Bunch from Spain, check out our original series:

If you want to check out who made our Ultimate Eurovision, check it out here:

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