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The Xtra Files 2019: We review Spain’s ‘La Venda’ by Miki

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 on 5 May! We will also each give a score out of 10 for every entry, and create an ESCXTRA leaderboard of the entries!

The series continues today, with reviews of the Spanish entry, ‘La Venda’ by Costa, Dominik, Luke, Natalie, Tom O and Wiv. Let’s get started!

The Reviews

Costa

There’s something to be said for La Venda being the sound of happiness distilled into a song; this is essentially 3 minutes of pure joy. Whether or not this is actually a competitive entry or a particularly strong song in its own merit is another thing. It’s success in May will depend on Miki’s ability to create a MOMENT on stage; he managed it at the OT Gala, but that performance on a large stage would look unpolished and messy. Regardless, Spain have an entry to be proud of this year.

Dominik

This song just fills you with so much joy and makes you wanna dance the whole time. I totally loved it from the very first moment I heard it and the live performance is even better than the actual studio version. I have to say, that I still have to get used to the new version, but I’m sure Miki will deliver an amazing performance and the audience will love this. Best Spanish entry in years for me. Looking forward to see Miki and his dancers with all their energy on the Eurovision stage!

Luke

Ok, I absolutely loved this prior to the revamp. It was such a party song and felt authentic, but the revamp managed to suck all of the energy out of the song whilst making it feel somehow more polished. In Tel Aviv I’ll be starting the protest: #bringbackthexylophone

Natalie

I’m so glad this ended up winning Spain’s Eurovision Gala. It can be debated that “Muérdeme” was the better song of the bunch, but I’d rather see someone win who actually wants to go to Eurovision rather than an aspiring singer who purposely gives a half hearted performance because they refuse to travel to Tel Aviv. With that small rant over, I have to say that I absolutely love “La Venda”. It’s the feel-good anthem that we all needed this year. The fact that it’s sung in Spanish is an added bonus for me. I can’t see this doing particularly well, but I’m sure the 3 minute performance will be a fiesta and a half this year

Tom O

I don’t follow Spain’s selection myself but do appreciate the enthusiasm Spanish Eurovision fans (and beyond) have for their country every year. I have memories of fans singing along and waving flags in Lisbon. It’s not perfect, it might not go far at the contest, but it’s a fun upbeat song that represents Spain well. It will do until another Ruth Lorenzo or Pastora Soler comes along….

Wiv

I approve very much of Spain sending such a danceable song, after a “neverending” line of somewhat blah ballads. Spain should always send music that gets the hips going! And Miki is quite the charmer. Though not nearly as charming as our own Miki! However, to me this is mainly noise, especially in the live version. I’m still looking very much forward to dancing to this on dancefloors across the Euroverse all through the Eurovision season and beyond!

Scores

Angelos4.5Natalie9Sara9
Costa7Nathan P5Simon7
Dan9Nathan W5Tim9
Dominik9Nick7Tom O7.5
Emanuel7Oliver6.5Tom R8
Hlynur5Riccardo8.5Vincent7.5
Lisa7.5Rigmo8.5Wiv5
Luke8Rodrigo9
Matt8Ryan8.5
Miki8.5Sami10

Therefore, the average score for Spain is 7.54.

Leaderboard

Spain reaches 2nd place in our leaderboard with a score of 7.54.

  1. Cyprus – 8.26
  2. Spain – 7.54
  3. Norway – 6.96
  4. Slovenia – 6.63
  5. Hungary – 6.44
  6. Ireland – 6.17
  7. Czech Republic – 6.17
  8. Portugal – 5.91
  9. France – 5.74
  10. Finland – 5.50
  11. Lithuania – 4.78
  12. Australia – 4.65
  13. Moldova – 4.50
  14. Montenegro – 3.48

Tomorrow, it will be the turn of San Marino to be reviewed.

Do you agree with our reviews of Spain? What are your thoughts on La Venda?

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