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The Xtra Files: We Review Spain’s ‘Do It For Your Lover’ by Manel Navarro!

Welcome to The Xtra Files, our new series which will give you an insight into what the team at escXtra think of your favourite entries into this year’s contest! Today, we review Spain.

Now that all the songs have been released, we are able to review each and every one of them. Our honest and brutal reviews will keep you entertained until the rehearsals start in May! We will also each give a score out of 10 for every entry, and create an escXtra leaderboard of the entries! You can see our preview reviews here.
Today, it is the turn of the Spanish entry, ‘Do It For Your Lover’ by Manel Navarro, to be reviewed by Hlynur, Luke, Nick, Simon, Sophie, and Yassia. Let’s get started!

The Reviews

Hlynur

Just going to say if somebody feels he needs to tell me to “do it” this often I honestly think “it” will be a super boring task. This song is nagging, and I don’t like nagging.

Luke

I think that if I sung this song for my lover, he would dump me. My favourite part of his performance is the random shot of a woman’s backside on the LED screen. The song is just really cringey, and why am I clapping before doing stuff for my lover? He has arms and legs, he can stop being so lazy and do it himself.

Nick

Manel wants to do it for his lover. If he also loves our ears, it might be best to stay home. His victory was a bitter moment and this song is a dreadful attempt at being cheerful and summery, but it really just makes me long for autumn. A 1/10 (it’s at least an effort. Lithuania, looking at you.)

Simon

Middle aged women will like this, but it is not for me. It will give a good contrast to whatever surrounds it, but it will be stuck on the right side of the board.

Sophie

Before he starts singing “Do It For Your Lover” a hundred times in a row, I actually enjoy listening to the song. It’s got a nice rhythm for a summer’s day at the beach, but the English lyrics – if you can call it that – are covering the summer feeling like an annoying cloud full of rain.

Yassia

How much I’m looking forward to hear that Spain has chosen a song that can top the board…but it’s not this year again. This song is going to get lost somewhere at the end. The chorus is quite annoying I’d say.

Scores

Dimitris 1 Rodrigo 5
Hlynur 1.5 Ryan 8.5
Katarina 7 Sagheer 1
Luke 2.5 Simon 3
Matteo 6 Sophie 4
Nathan 6 Wivian 0.5
Nick 1 Yassia 5

When we remove the top score of 8.5 and the lowest score of 0.5, the average score for Spain is 3.58.
(Removing the top score and the lowest score helps to make the average score more reliable and less affected by outliers.)

Leaderboard

Spain reaches 37th place in our leaderboard with a score of 3.58.

  1. F.Y.R. Macedonia – 9.25
  2. France – 9.04
  3. Italy – 9.03
  4. Belgium – 8.92
  5. Azerbaijan – 8.00
  6. Sweden – 7.77
  7. Belarus – 7.75
  8. Iceland – 7.46
  9. Australia – 7.25
  10. Israel – 7.21
  11. Serbia – 7.08
  12. Estonia – 7.07
  13. Switzerland – 6.96
  14. Denmark – 6.83
  15. Armenia – 6.80
  16. Portugal – 6.79
  17. Hungary – 6.79
  18. Cyprus – 6.71
  19. Germany – 6.59
  20. Austria – 6.58
  21. Moldova – 6.58
  22. Greece – 6.54
  23. Norway – 6.33
  24. Latvia – 6.25
  25. Czech Republic – 6.25
  26. United Kingdom – 6.00
  27. Finland – 5.71
  28. Ireland – 5.54
  29. The Netherlands – 5.33
  30. Albania – 5.21
  31. Poland – 5.13
  32. Ukraine – 5.13
  33. Romania – 5.12
  34. Malta – 4.25
  35. San Marino – 3.92
  36. Georgia – 3.91
  37. Spain – 3.58
  38. Montenegro – 3.33
  39. Croatia – 2.71
  40. Slovenia – 2.13

Tomorrow, we will review Lithuania.
Do you agree with our reviews of Spain? What are your thoughts on Manel Navarro’s ‘Do It For Your Lover’? Let us know in the comments!

Luke Malam

I've watched Eurovision for as long as I can remember, but my interest really built in 2008, after I decided to watch the semifinals online, out of boredom, before the final...I was blown away by the quality of the show and have been hooked ever since! I'm a competitive trampolinist and I love baking. I've also just completed a master's degree in Research Methods in Psychology at University College London.

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