ESCXTRA’s 2018 Hopefuls: Spain

Welcome to our brand new weekly series, ‘ESCXTRA’s 2018 Hopefuls’, in which we will tell you who we would like to see in Eurovision next year! This series will keep you entertained with new music from across Europe every Monday until the national final season begins next year, and may give you somebody new to root for to represent your country!  Today, we look at who we want to see represent Spain in Eurovision 2018. Let’s get started!


Every Eurovision fan saw or heard the massive outrage and controversy this year regarding the Spanish selection. Mirela’s Contigo finished in a very close second place to the winner, Manel; Mirela and Manel had tied for first place, but the juries selected Manel as the winner, despite Mirela winning the televote with over twice as many votes as Manel. This prompted an extremely awkward situation, with Manel reprising his winning song to almost entirely booing and the audience walking out of the studio. However, take a look at our article from yesterday, in which Mirela confirms that she is still willing to represent Spain in Eurovision!

Mirela’s music is so modern but with a Spanish twist. She knows how to perform, and is exactly what Spain needs to break their spell of bad results recently! It’s a shame that Spain hasn’t chosen her yet, however, as this year she came so unbelievably close to winning, we believe that if she were to enter the Spanish selection next year then she would easily win!

Álvaro Soler

Álvaro Soler rose to fame after the release of his 2015 hit, El Mismo Sol. He even recorded a bilingual Spanish-English version of the song with Jennifer Lopez! His music has a stripped down, yet extremely genuine feel to it. It is unbelievably catchy, his songs will be stuck in your head for several days after you listen to them. You have been warned!

My personal favourite song of his is Sofia. After first stumbling upon it, I ended up listening to it on repeat non-stop for several days! It’s just so much fun and so enjoyable to listen to, I could imagine the audience in Portugal really enjoying it and dancing along! To see Álvaro Soler for Spain in Eurovision would be absolutely fantastic.

Ruth Lorenzo

You’ll recognise this name immediately; Ruth Lorenzo represented Spain in 2014 with Dancing In The Rain! Although that was a great song, we feel that Ruth can do better. Last year, she released her single Voces, which reached number one in the Spanish charts, whereas her Eurovision entry reached only number five.

To say that Ruth’s voice is stunning would be a massive understatement. It’s almost like this woman can’t do anything wrong with her vocals! Now, all she needs to get right is the song. She was better than Dancing In The Rain, so something more like Voces would be perfect for her to return to Eurovision with!


Malú has received many awards and nominations for her music, and has sold over 2,500,000 CDs worldwide! She is from a family of renowned Spanish artists, including singer Pepe de Lucía and guitarist Paco de Lucía. Music is part of her genetics!

Malú’s music always does well in Spain, and it’s not difficult to see why; every one of her songs seems expertly created! Her performances are powerful, so she could go down exceptionally well for Spain in Eurovision.

Next week, we will look at who we want to see represent Romania!
What do you think of our hopefuls? Is there anybody else you’d like to see for Spain in Eurovision? Do the idea of any of these artists excite you? Tell us in the comments below!

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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