In a very nail-biting competition, Manel Navarro has been crowned the winner of Objetivo Eurovision, Spain’s national selection to Eurovision show. He will be performing “Do It For Your Lover” in Kyiv, Ukraine in May.
In a controversial decision; it came down to the jury to pick between the two acts that were in joint first place. Manel Navarro won by two votes to one, against televote favourite Mirela with “Contigo”.
The song itself isn’t your typical Eurovision song, and yet, it’s catchy nonetheless. In a contest full of ballads and powerful tracks, could a laid-back relaxer of a song win the contest instead?
The performance of the song saw Manel Navarro singing in front of a large polaroid-like photo; the screen displayed various images behind him. The floor had a beach setting, with a wave washing away his stage, as well as showing the lyrics at times. It definitely gave the song an even more, beach-chilling sound. If the screens accompanied him to the Eurovision stage, it would definitely bring something different.
Watch Manel Navarro Perform “Do It For Your Lover” On Objetivo Eurovision Here:
The song is a slightly new direction for Manel Navarro, who previously released the stunning song “Candle”.
His career has taken him places, he won the second edition of Catalunya Teen Star with an acoustic cover of Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home”. Then, after releasing “Brand New Day” in 2014, he was soon picked up by Sony Music Spain.
Spain hasn’t won the contest since the memorable 1969 contest, which saw four countries tie in 1st place. Last year they came 22nd with Barei’s “Say Yay!”. We’re interested to see how well Manel Navarro will do on the night.
Other announced acts so far are: Cyprus’ Hovig, The Netherlands’ O’G3NE, Belgium’s Blanche, Macedonia’s Jana Burceska, Azerbaijan’s DiHaj, Ireland’s Brendan Murray, Austria’s Nathan Trent, Albania’s Lindita, Armenia’s Artsvik, Montenegro’s Slavko Kalezic, Greece’s Demy, Georgia’s Tako Gachechiladze, Belarus’s Navi, The United Kingdom’s Lucie Jones, Finland’s Norma John, Switzerland’s Timebelle, France’s Alma, and Germany’s Levina.
Since Spain is a part of the Big Five, Manel Navarro has a ticket straight to the Grand Final, that will take place on 13 May 2017.
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