This Throwback Thursday is dedicated to a country with probably one of the most motivated fans in the contest… Spain! When I thought about the entries and about what entry I wanna write I had several amazing options to chose from. Spain is delivering bops every year and is definitely a country that always heats up the temperature in the arena.
It all happened more than 12 years ago
So how did I select the throwback entry? I wanted it to be personal, so I rather chose a song since I started watching the contest in 2003. In the time between 2003 and now Spain send many fan faves I could choose from, but should your throwback better be a song everybody loves or rather something, that means something especially to you? I went with the latter option. Since 2003 Spain topped my ESC ranking two times. This year and in 2007. As May 2019 isn’t really a throwback I went with the 2007 entry.
When Spain topped my ranking in 2007 I was ready for my fifth Eurovision I’d watch live on TV and my addiction to the contest grew with each year. Most of the years before, Sweden was always my No. 1. In 2007 this wasn’t exactly the case. See, I always had a thing for boybands and catchy songs. Especially back in the days, when I mostly focused on the melody and the performance, because my English wasn’t very good enough and with the age of 15 I also wasn’t really interested most of the time in the deep meaning of a song.
I enjoyed songs I could dance to and songs that lift me up. “I Love You Mi Vida” by D’Nash in 2007 was exactly the song I needed. I love the production the energy the had on stage and the whole feeling the song gave me. This was one of these Eurovision moments when you discovered artists, you will follow from that point on. And sometimes in life, there are also artists coming back and you are so happy to see them again! Happened this year, when Mikel returned to the contest as a backing singer for Miki.
They sadly couldn’t reach a good place in 2007 and 2019 but what really is important is, what they make you feel. And when they gave you a positive influence or you just had an amazing time with their music, this is everything. These are the precious moments only Eurovision can give you!
Thank you Spain for giving us songs that makes us love our lives ♥
Other things that happened in 2007:
- Introduction of the first iPhone
- The Final Harry Potter Book Released
- Bulgaria and Romania join the European Union
- Keeping Up with the Kardashians Premieres
- Madeleine McCann disappeared
- Britney Spears Meltdown
What the others had to say:
At the time I found the song to be catchy and harmless and it was one of my so-called guilty pleasures, but I knew that this wouldn’t set the scoreboard on fire. Vocally the guys weren’t at their best, the whole choreography was a mess and to spice things up further Spain got the infamous start position #2 at the contest.
Did it deserve better? I think so yes, worse entries did better in 2007 and musically this is totally fine.
Dominik told us to be nice about his favorite Spanish entry. But I know if I did that, I’d be lying to myself. Nothing screams the 00s (and earlier) like a boy group all in white and…some girls playing drums? Perhaps not the latter. “I Love You Mi Vida” is a nice and harmless song, but I much prefer my life 3 minutes ago when I forgot this ever existed.
I guess I could enjoy the song if I didn’t understand the lyrics. I see many people saying this was underrated but I don’t think it deserved to place any higher. Despite not being a fan of boybands, the main problem here for me is the song. I guess they had much more effort on finding the members of the band than on finding a decent song. I have several Spanish guilty pleasures in the 2000’s and this isn’t one of them. “I love you mi vida” is indeed my favorite part of the lyrics. So meaningful.
Hmm not my favorite, I have to say. I think the whole performance was clumsy, really dated, creatively lazy, and maybe with a touch of self-obsession. The only thing I liked was the LED show and the ending. Sorry.