Spain Entry: Pastora Soler - Quédate Conmigo

May 30, 2012 Critic Jonni 0 Comments

Another power ballad on my top 7, however it was definitely the year for ballads, so quite surprised that a lot of them managed to get a high position. However they do show off what amazing voices these artists have, and that's why so many people like ballads, including myself.

Pastora Soler, real name Pilar Luque, is quite a big hit in Spain, she has had some high charting albums, including a number one which was "Fuente de Luna" back in 1999. She has recently been getting chart topping albums in Spain, and now she's trying to hit out internationally, and how else to do it, than using Eurovision to help. She has an amazing voice that I could listen to for hours, I hope she does great elsewhere too.

"Quédate Conmigo" was written by Thomas G:Son (who's a big Eurovision song writer), Tony Sánchez-Ohlsson and Erik Bernholm. In English it means "Stay With Me", and you can kind of feel that kind of emotion come off from her as she sings this song; it's like she is feeling every single word of this song, and sending it to us. The fact that it is in Spanish makes it that bit more surprising, especially since you can feel the words of the song even if you don't know what they mean. This just proves that she is a great singer. She managed to come 10th in this years Eurovision, which is really good for Spain. The UK gave 8 points to Pastora Soler, which shows how big a hit this song was over here, however no sign of the song entering the UK chart this Sunday... If it was down to the song, this would definitely get the five stars it clearly deserves.

However, it's down to the music video, which is disappointing. I admit, that it is difficult to make a ballad music video look good and interesting, but people still manage to do it. But in this case it's pretty boring, with very little going on to keep the audience interested. I'd probably pass on watching this on the music channels, and attempt to find something better on another channel.

It's mainly performance based, but also includes two dancers that didn't appear in Baku, Azerbaijan, or maybe the UK took them instead... These dancers are the highlights of this music video, however there is a repeated sequence footage, which is quite annoying, although to make up for it, everything is in slow motion making it go along with the song, which is perfect. I wonder if that water at the end was warm... And how many takes they had to do.

As for Pastora Soler, she's a magnificent singer, but she isn't even doing anything except singing, and although various shots are used, there is nothing stunning about the performance. I was just expecting something, but there wasn't anything.

Overall, a quite catchy song, and I think everyone understands why I like it. But I'm not impressed with this music video, I was pretty bored with it to be honest. Whilst trying to focus on it, I ended up looking at the YouTube comments and the other videos on the right, instead of watching the video. There's just nothing to this music video, apart from the song.