Who's the favourite artist to represent Spain?
For the fourth year in a row the readers of Spanish-language fansite Eurovision-spain.com have chosen, through the poll La Elección Interna, their favourite candidate to represent Spain at the Eurovision Song Contest. For the 2013 edition in Malmö, the artist they've chosen as the ideal performer is the popular singer Malú. Born in Madrid in 1982, Malú started her career at age 15 and has since then become one of Spain's top stars with eight studio albums to her credit.
Although the Spanish broadcaster, TVE, hasn't announced yet the system they will use to select the Spanish performer for 2013, the Eurovision fans and experts in Spain have returned their veredict. Starting in August and after a final, a play-off, five semifinals, 70 days and 202,896 votes, the results of The Internal Election 2013 show that the ideal artist to represent Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest is Malú.
Malú, who right now is one of the coaches in the talent show The Voice, was voted ahead of Mónica Naranjo, winner of the first edidion of this poll, the band La Oreja de Van Gogh, the male soloist Pablo Alborán, and last year's winner of the poll, Chenoa.
In the past, Malú has been a regular guest on many programs related to the Eurovision Song Contest, most recently during Pastora Soler song selection show this year, where she collaborated with Pastora and Vanesa Martin in the song Vamos. One year before in one of the national selection shows for the Eurovision Song Contest in Düsseldorf she declared herself openly receptive to the possibility of representing Spain in the future.
Check out one of Malú's biggest hits in recent years, Blanco Y Negro:
Not only fans and visitors to the website have participated in the poll, but also a 25-member expert jury which included the last four Spanish representatives in Eurovision, Pastora Soler, Lucía Pérez, Daniel Diges and Soraya Arnelas. Pastora and Soraya themselves were ranked 9th and 12th respectively in the poll. Their task was to select the 100 final candidates from the 318 which had been nominated by the public.