Spain Entry: Manel Navarro - Do It For Your Lover

Do It for Your Lover - Manel Navarro |

We're now on to the Grand Final with my Eurovision Song Contest 2017 Special. Spain, unfortunately came last in the competition with just five points; poor Manel Navarro, he did not deserve so little points especially with this Spenish summer song "Do It For Your Lover"; however he did hit a bum note during his stage performance, but if you forget all about that he gave a brilliant performance. He scored zero points from the juries - a nul points - and the five points all came from the Portuguese televote. The song is very summery and very catchy, I also got the chance to interview him for CelebMix. Watch Manel Navarro take off to Tenerife, Canary Islands with some friends to go surfing and to check out the hot surfer girl in this summer induced music video for his Eurovision 2017 song "Do It For Your Lover".

Manel Navarro first came to my attention when I had a press release come through for his first single on Sony Music Spain, "Candle", which I wrote up for Outlet Magazine, and then followed through with writing about the music video for the song. Little did I know that a few months later he'd be a part of Spain's national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, titled Objetivo Eurovisión. He has previously won other talent show Catalunya Teen Star second series. He may not have done well, or his best, on the night of Eurovision, but he made an impression on people and he promised that an album will be on it's way, in the interview I did with him for CelebMix. The song was written by Manel Navarro and Antonio "Rayito" Rayo.

Directed by Mauri D. Gallano, the video easily replicates the song bringing the summer sunshine to Eurovision 2017, even if it didn't exactly go to plan, especially in the voting part of the show.

It's a very upbeat song and Manel Navarro easily displays this in the visual. He's very relaxed throughout and the car scene is much more inclusive than the surfing scene. Although, it's great to see Manel Navarro showing us Tenerife and how enjoyable surfing can be; it's clear he really had a great time.

There are performance scenes throughout which has Manel Navarro's usually flare. It's summery, relaxed, and freeing. It's great to watch even though there is nothing special to make this video stand out. It's relatable to the song itself but not really to the lyrics. I cannot wait for this promised album.
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Spain Entry: Ruth Lorenzo - Dancing In The Rain

One of my favourites from the Eurovision Song Contest 2014, but that is mainly because I've supported Ruth Lorenzo since she appeared on The X Factor in 2008. She scored 74 points for Spain in Eurovision 2014, where she placed 10th. I have and will continue to support Ruth Lorenzo, and I hope that new music will be on the way soon. In this video, Ruth Lorenzo gives a great performance piece as well as showing off her skills in "Dancing In The Rain" with Giuseppe Di Bella.

Ruth Lorenzo was a part of the fifth series of The X Factor, where she placed fifth overall. She competed in Mira quién va a Eurovisión, Spain's national selection process. She came joint first with Brequette who sung "Más (Run)", but Ruth Lorenzo won overall because of the public vote, which prevails over the jury vote if there is a tie. She went on to release her album Planeta Azul, which was then re-released as a special edition with additional tracks. She later took part in Tu Cara Me Suena (the Spanish version of Your Face Sounds Familiar) which she won. Hopefully, new music is being created and a new album will be out soon, well that's what I'm hoping for. This song was written by Ruth Lorenzo, Jim Irvin and Julian Emery.

Directed by Paloma Zapata, the video is a pure performance piece, showing how amazing Ruth Lorenzo is live; if only I got the chance to see her again on stage. I last saw her at The X Factor tour, but I was very far away from the stage.

This song shows off her powerful voice, yet the music video doesn't quite portray the amazingness of her vocal cords. On the other hand, it does show off her dancing ability.

Giuseppe Di Bella and Ruth Lorenzo shine in the dance scene. They pull off the choreography flawlessly, which definitely isn't easy when they are dancing in water with spray coming down on them. Ruth Lorenzo is clearly having a ball of a time, getting soaked with Giuseppe Di Bella.

As a complete package, this video is stunning in its own way. However, it lacks engagement from the viewers, with nothing to keep us interested, as such. It's not something we'd particularly repeatedly watch. Therefore it comes off average, yet the song is amazing and deserved better than 10th place, although the 2014 Eurovision Contest was extremely competitive.
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Spain Entry: Barei - Say Yay!

Here comes Barei! This was an early favourite, and it is the song I spent most of my money on voting. Here Barei comes on to my Eurovision 2016 Special. I voted so much for this song, and it's good to know that it appeared on the UK public vote, so I helped. Unfortunately she followed Russia's entrant Sergey Lazarev who was the favourite to win, with his song "You Are the Only One". This totally faltered Barei in the voting, because Russia had a very visual performance, whereas Barei gave a great dance performance that was overshadowed by the previous contestant. She sadly only managed to get 77 points in the Grand Final, placing her 22nd. Catchy, upbeat and empowering, Spain sent Barei to Eurovision with this banger. Style on point, Barei tells you to Say Yay!

Barei, real name Bárbara González-Aller, is a star in the making. Her style is on point her vocals are electric, she's gorgeous, and if she doesn't become an international star in the next decade or so we will totally be missing out in the music world! She has released two albums and a number of singles. After winning the Spanish national selection Objetivo Eurovisión, she signed to Universal Music Spain, who re-released her album. Barei has star quality, she just needs the promotion to become an international star. Eurovision was a great platform for her, even if she did perform after the Russian entrant. The song was written by Barei, Rubén Villanueva and Víctor Púa Vivó. The song is all about not giving up, keep going, climb over those hills and follow your dreams. Definitely uplifting, it's a very encouraging song.

Directed by Gus Carballo, this video is such an amazing performance piece, showcasing to the world who Barei is and her style and her music. She replicated this perfectly in the Grand Final of Eurovision.

Clearly coming from a dance background, Barei shines throughout, using footwork which has recently became the in-thing to do in a club (the one dance move I can't pull off). Even the guys are getting on the dance floor and pulling these moves off!

The video also shows off the city streets of Spain, joining together different dancers who all come together with this song. I really want to visit Spain if people randomly just dance in the streets, that is my kind of place.

The middle is pulled off perfectly, when she falls down, she fell in the performance of the Eurovision Grand Final too. She gets back up and carries on, conquering those mountains and releasing her battle cry. Just like Orianthi sung in her song "Courage".

The ending is perfection. To have all the dancers perform in-sync with that technical footwork, where it's easy to go wrong, just proves how strong of a dancer Barei is as well as her backing dancers. She is a star, she just needs her fame now! But she's got me as a fan already, and I'm sure I'm not the only one!
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Spain Entry: Pastora Soler - Quédate Conmigo

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.