Junior Eurovision 2021 reviews: Spain – escYOUnited


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There is only one day left until Eurovision Junior 2021, and we are counting the 19 participating nations in Paris on Sunday, December 19, 2021.

Each day we will do an overview of a participating nation in alphabetical order, recapping how they got to Eurovision Junior, a brief history of the nation’s participation, a brief biography of the artist, and finally, our panel. of “expert” editors give the entries a score out of 10 and a short review.

Today we take a look at a nation that has never been outside the Top Four: Spain. Like never. How is a country so superb at Eurovision Junior so bad for adults?

Spain’s history at Eurovision Junior:

You would think that a country that has competed four times in a row since the inaugural competition in 2003 and then pulled out would be a country with a terrible record. But no, Spain’s race at Eurovision Junior was 2nd, 1st, 2nd and 4th which is very impressive.

Oddly, 4th ranked artist Dani Fernandez is the most prominent of the four entries as he was a member of Auryn, a boy group that also includes Eurovision 2020 and 2021 Spanish representative Blas Canto. Auryn reached the final of the Spanish national team in 2011 with “Volver.“” Volver “was co-written by Jonas Gladnikoff, who co-wrote” Banshee “for Irish Junior Eurovision 2019 representative Anna Kearney and is well known in ESC circles for her many compositions for the ‘ESC, JESC and national selections.

Maria Isabel won the 2004 Junior Eurovision Song Contest for Spain with “Antes muerta que sencilla”, a track which is a riff on Mickey Rourke’s quote “Better to be dead and cool than alive and not cool” from the movie. classic action from 1991 “Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man.“Okay, that probably wasn’t the specific inspiration for the song, but it does stand out among the Eurovision Junior winners in terms of feel and sound.

Spain withdrew from the competition after 2006, allegedly because the vision of Junior Eurovision did not align with that of the Spanish radio and television station Radiotelevisión Española (RTVE) for what they both wanted from a singing competition for children.

Out of the blue, on June 25, 2019, RTVE announced that Spain would return for the Junior Eurovision 2019 competition.

And they came back in force as Melani Garcia climbed to 3rd place with her superb eco-popera entry “Marte”, best known for the atomic bomb drop of “Ahora! “,” Perdona! “And” Funciona! at key points in the song. This is how we make a comeback to a song contest after a long absence.

But wait, there is more! The following year, they abandon Solea, the fourth generation of the famous flamenco family Farruco and “Palante”. Pre-tournament favorite, “Palante” did not quite take advantage of the distribution of the jury and televoting between Kazakhstan and France, but once again, they put in a hell of a performance and placed 3rd. .

Before Eurovision Junior 2021:

Two bronze medals in a row, the Spanish delegation will not upset a winning formula. They decided to come back internally and chose Levi Diaz to represent Spain in Paris.

The artist:

Levi Diaz was born on August 11, 2008 in Cornellà de Llobregat, Spain. It is located in the region of Catalonia, in the southwestern part of the metropolitan statistical area of ​​Barcelona.

And his background is similar to that of many of his rivals – he’s a winner of his country’s version of Children’s voices (Season 6 of La Voz Children).

The song:

“Reir” means laughing, and Levi Diaz constantly portrays himself as a happy child and that he wants to spread joy in Paris.

Argentinian musician David Roma is the songwriter and, along with a Catalan father, has a lot in common with Diaz, including his heritage and his happy, lucky demeanor.

With the context out of the way, here’s what we think of ESC United as Spain enters Eurovision Junior 2021.

Have their thoughts on Eurovision Junior this season: Boris Meersman (Belgium), Connor Terry (Oklahoma), James Maude (California), Melanie Otto (Netherlands), Roy Postema (Netherlands), Stefan Resimic (Serbia) , Tyler Griffiths (Alaska) and William Carter (Texas).

The verdict:

Boris – 6.5 – “That awkward moment where you are this close to having a real bop, only to dig into midtempo pop void territory. Well, whatever, enjoy third place at JESC I guess. “

Connor – 8 – “Spain knows how to do Eurovision Junior properly again, and I feel like this song is a lot less forced than the last two years. And by forced, I mean for the artist – Levi can just being his pure self surrounded by Spanish flavor in the track. He also has a lot of qualities for radio, I think he has a lot of appeal to the international crowd despite being entirely in English, and he is eye-catching. Make the right choice and Spain will easily defend their high ranking once again! “

Jacques – 7 – “” Reir “does not quite launch into the triumphant expression of joy that the opening lines promise. The song moves at a nice gallop but never quite develops into a full sprint, and the energy buildup promises it!

Melanie – 7.5 – “If anyone can make me smile, it’s Levi Diaz. The song is so contagious and really makes me want to dance. It is somewhat reminiscent of a toned down version of Miki’s “La Venda”. I just hope he has enough courage to start a revolution in Paris, because sometimes I just lack a little energy in the clip. Consider the problem is that he closes his eyes a lot when he sings. If he can work on that, I can see him finishing high in the standings in Paris.

Roy – 6 – “This year’s Spanish song is good, but unfortunately that’s where it ends a bit. The chorus is very loaded with lyrics, which makes it a bit too loaded to really stand out musically or vocally. At the moment, it’s a little disappointing and I forget a bit that he is in contention this year. It’s not bad, it’s just not exceptional either.

Stéphane – 9 – “Spain are once again giving us one of the best songs in the competition and now it’s just a matter of when they will win and not if they will. Her smile makes the song even more energetic and positive. Even though I can see four backdancers with him on stage already, I’m just hoping for a good backdrop as that will definitely make him better for viewers.

Tyler – 8 – “An upbeat song that would do well to open or close the contest, ‘Reír’ makes Spain feel like going back to its roots to be a super fun country with its music. Levi does a good job with the vocals in the song, and the instrumentation itself is vibrant and fun. I would have liked the song to go even further, but the music video itself was fun and I think Spain will do quite well with it. this entry A good show.

Guillaume – 7 – “Levi is such a happy artist and his enthusiasm is infectious. You can’t help but smile. The child has the power of the stars. I like the general percussion of this piece. It gives the song a bit more texture. While the song’s verses are melodically dynamic and transporting, I wish the chorus hit a bit louder. It’s a bit thin in comparison. Either way, “Reír” isn’t reinventing the wheel in any way, but it’s exactly the kind of escape elevation we could all use right now. If voters are in a festive mood, this might just be the ticket. “

Total: 59 points (Average = 7.375)

Once again, Spain arrives with a respectable score. However, the excitement of previous years with Melani Garci and Solea is not there, and we wonder if that threatens Spain’s record of never being outside the Top 4.

Eighteen countries, here’s how ESC United ranked the entries.

1.) Italy – 68.5 points (Average = 8.563)

2.) Poland – 68 points (Average = 8,500)

3.) Armenia – 67.5 points (Average = 8.438)

4.) France – 67 points (Average = 8.375)

5.) Georgia – 63.5 points (Average = 7.938)

6.) Russia – 62.5 points (Average = 7.813)

7.) North Macedonia – 61.5 points (Average = 7.688)

8.) Azerbaijan – 59.5 points (Average = 7.438)

9.) SPAIN – 59 points (Average = 7.375)

10.) Ireland – 57.5 points (Average = 7.188)

11.) Netherlands – 57 points (Average = 7.125)

12.) Portugal – 54 points (Average = 6.750)

13.) Albania – 53.5 points (Average = 6.688)

14.) Germany – 52.5 points (Average = 6.563)

15.) Kazakhstan – 48.5 points (Average = 6.063)

16.) Serbia – 42 points (Average = 5,250)

17.) Malta – 38.5 points (Average = 4.813)

18.) Bulgaria – 36.5 points (Average = 4.563)

Will the entry of Spain make #You laugh or cry? Do you think Spain’s Top 4 record will be maintained or threatened? Let us know in the comments, on social media or on our forum.


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