Spain decided: Lucía Pérez to Düsseldorf!

Spain decided: Lucía Pérez to Düsseldorf!
Lucía Pérez - winner of "Destino Eurovisión". Photo: Georges Mandell
Barcelona, Spain -

After a month selecting the artist first and the combination of artist and song tonight, the Spanish audience decided to send Lucía Pérez to Düsseldorf with the song Que Me Quiten Lo Bailao as she was the final winner of "Destino Eurovisión".

It was an exciting night in the TVE studios in Sant Cugat (Barcelona) as there was no clear favourite to win the Spanish ticket to Düsseldorf. The host Anne Igartiburu and her partner in the backstage Daniel Diges, last year's Spanish representative, introduced the expert jury.

The power of the jury

The members of the expert jury were once again singers/songwriters Albert Hammond and David Ascanio, popular TV personality Boris Izaguirre, Eurovision expert Reyes del Amor and this week, replacing Merche, the singer Sole Gimenez. This jury had a real voting power during all the procedure and tonight was no exception, their duty was to eliminate two songs from each artist to leave to the audience only one song per act.

The competition

The first three songs were performed:

  • Melissa - Eos (Jesús Cañadilla & Alejandro de Pinedo)
  • Auryn - Evangeline (Kjell Jennstig, Dejan Belgrenius & Kristin Molin)
  • Lucía Pérez - Que Me Quiten Lo Bailao (Rafael Artesero)

After this, the first guest and jury member of the night, took the stage, Sole Giménez.

Time for the second block of songs:

  • Melissa - Sueños Rotos (Primoz Poglajen, Jonas Gladnikoff, Camilla Gottschalck & Christina Schilling)
  • Auryn - El Sol Brillará (Rafael de Alba)
  • Lucía Pérez - Abrázame (Antonio Sánchez-Ohlsson & Thomas G.son)

During the performance of Abrázame, the loud speakers at the studio went off, but Lucía went on performing as if nothing had happened.

And the final three songs followed:

  • Melissa - Diamonds (Nestor Geli, Susie Päivärinta & Pär Lönn)
  • Auryn - Volver (Primoz Poglajen, Jonas Gladnikoff, Camilla Gottschalck & Christina Schilling)
  • Lucía Pérez - C'est La Vie, It's Alright (W&M, Nestor Geli, Susie Päivärinta, Per Andersson y Mats Lindberg)

The Interval Act

It was time for the UK act, Blue, to go up on stage to perform one of their classic hits Breathe Easy, which the presenter described as being similar to the song they'll perform in Düsseldorf, I Can. Simon, from Blue declared that they won't perform it in other countries until it's officially presented in the UK.

The Jury Votes

The jury then voted for the songs of Melissa:

  • Eos 14 points
  • Sueños Rotos 11 points
  • Diamonds 5 points

After this they judged Auryn's songs:

  • Evangeline 9 points
  • El Sol Brillará 6 points
  • Volver 15 points

And finally the veredict for Lucía Pérez's songs:

  • Que Me Quiten Lo Bailao 12
  • Abrázame 12
  • C'est La Vie, It's Alright 6

There was a polemical tie-break between Que Me Quiten Lo Bailao and Abrázame. The final decision was for the song that got more "highest marks" from the jurors, Que Me Quiten Lo Bailao, in spite of the open preference by both singer and audience for the ballad Abrázame.

The Super Final

In the end these were the three songs that the viewers could televote:

  • Melissa - Eos
  • Auryn - Volver
  • Lucía Pérez - Que Me Quiten Lo Bailao

While the votes were being cast Daniel Diges performed Robbie Williams' Angels in Spanish and jury member Albert Hammond sang his popular composition Entre Mis Recuerdos.

Finally the results were announced and the winner was Lucía Pérez with Que Me Quiten Lo Bailao and 68% of the total votes. The second classified got 20% and the third 12%.

Lucía is from Lugo and has been trying to reach the mainstream for some time now. It's the first time that a singer from Galicia will represent Spain the Eurovision Song Contest. She was also the televoting winner of the artist's semi-final. The composer of the winning song Rafael Artesero also wrote the entries for Andorra in 2005 and 2006.

Lucía Perez will perform in the Final in Düsseldorf on the 14th of May trying to match the success of Massiel in 1968 and Salomé in 1969, the two Spanish winners of Europe's favourite TV show.


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  • Posted on 28 April 2011 at 22:57
    Catchy but the sort of song that becomes sickly after a couple of plays! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 27 April 2011 at 19:45
    I LIKE IT!!!!! great beat ... love the language!

    good luck!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 25 April 2011 at 17:06
    What a jolly song :) Let's dance report to the moderator
  • Posted on 23 April 2011 at 02:12
    Good luck !!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 21 April 2011 at 15:45
    Hola España

    This song is very good...


    Good Luck Spain!!
    From Romania (: report to the moderator
  • Posted on 11 April 2011 at 11:01
    nice song, cute girl..good luck ;) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 10 April 2011 at 20:05
    GOOOD SONG.....I LIKE IT.... report to the moderator
  • Posted on 9 April 2011 at 19:13
    Mucha suerte España de Portugal!

    Good luck Spain from Portugal!

    Beso

    Kiss report to the moderator
  • Posted on 24 March 2011 at 16:18
    Hola España
    This song is amazing, wonderful, very good, stupendous, excellent, splendid, magnific, .............., the winner.

    Good luck Spain
    from Italy report to the moderator
  • Posted on 22 March 2011 at 01:12
    Good luck Spain!
    from Portugal :)) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 20 March 2011 at 20:51
    oh no. it is true. i'm very sorry "EuroSongHun" but "kamato93" has reason because the new is about two songwriters and a singer report to the moderator
  • Posted on 20 March 2011 at 19:36
    EuroSongHong

    The oikos news is about two songwriters and a singer, they are spanish, ok, but What about the other spaniards? If an hungary songwriter accuse a spanish entry of plagiarism, are you the accusing? are Hungarians the accusing? do Hungarians want to damage Spain?

    What about my dreams is a good song, and many Spaniards love it.

    to acuse Spain to want bad for the other countries is to maling a whole country, is to say a lie in order to damage the good name of Spain. I think this is serius report to the moderator
  • Posted on 20 March 2011 at 18:43
    It is very false "EuroSongHun". Spain don't accused Hungary of plagiarism!!! In spanish webs, hungary is very appreciated. You want to ruin Spain. :@ Is my country and I will not allow (Sorry for my stupid English) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 20 March 2011 at 13:32
    Spain to accuse Hungary of plagiarism

    After the provokating article of oikotimes.com, a Spanish Facebook group has created against false accuses came up against Hungarian and Danish entry.

    https://www.eurovisionfamily.tv/user/EuroSongHun/blog/?id=69902 report to the moderator
  • Posted on 19 March 2011 at 17:40
    @fozcat27

    WHAT? Singing in our own language is a close-minded actitude? No, it's just that we love and respect our culture, and we proudly show it to the rest of Europe. Ok, English is the universal language, and because of that we should keep away our own language? Every country of Europe should sing in their own language, cause, fortunately, in this continent we have a beautifull cultural diversity, we have beautiull languages and all the countries should be proud of them and show them. report to the moderator