Spain sends couple with romantic duet to Eurovision 2018
After Spain’s (deserved) last place in Eurovision 2017, Spanish broadcaster TVE had to come up with a new strategy to select their representative for the contest in Lisbon this year. They chose to bring back talent competition Operación Triunfo which they used as a national final from 2002 to 2004, with three top 10 finishes as a result. This year, real life couple Alfred and Amaia won the competition with their duet ‘Tu Canción’. Will they save Spain from another Eurovision failure?
It seems that Spain was inspired by the victory of their neighbour country Portugal last year. They now send a ballad that brings back the romantic vibes of the past too. Alfred even has got some ‘Salvadorisms’ going on in his vocal delivery. The difference however is that Salvador Sobral’s performance was widely seen as heartfelt, whereas the performance by Alfred and Amaia could come across as kitsch. Having said that, there seems to be a market for their love duet ‘Tu Canción’. The track is currently number 1 in the Spanish iTunes list and even brought Spain into the top 5 of the Eurovision betting odds for a moment.
Alfred and Amaia are both talented performers and their chemistry on stage does have a certain charm. At the same time I am afraid that ‘Tu Canción’ as a composition, won’t be memorable enough to make an impression in between 25 other songs. To be honest, I couldn’t remember the melody line after my first listen. We will have to wait and see how well they will sell the track on stage in May!