Our second batch of 2023 Contest Contenders receive the Superfan treatment as our panel shares their thoughts. The adrenalin is really pumping when it comes to your chosen fan favourite this week, and there’s more partying in our National Triple Play as the Sangria is definitely flowing. Plus the big Eurovision News stories from the past seven days…
This Weeks Highlights
Alessandra2023 Contest Contender
Alessandra Watle Mele, known mononymously as Alessandra, is a Norwegian-Italian singer and songwriter. She competed in the seventh season of The Voice – Norges beste stemme in 2022, reaching the live shows. She is set to represent Norway in the 2023 contest with the song 'Queen of Kings'.
Senhit Zadik Zadik, known professionally as simply Senhit is an Italian singer. She represented San Marino in 2011 with 'Stand By', but failed to qualify for the final. She would have represented it again in 2020 with 'Freaky!', but the contest was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, she performed in 2021 with the song 'Adrenalina', qualifying for the final.
Spain has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 61 times since making its debut in 1961. Since 1999, Spain has been one of the “Big Five” countries, along with France, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom. They are automatically prequalified for the final each year as they are the biggest financial contributors to the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). Spain has competed in the contest continuously since the country’s debut in 1961. The only country with a longer run of uninterrupted Eurovision appearances is the United Kingdom, ever-present since 1959. Spain has won the contest twice, first in 1968 with the song “La, la, la” sung by Massiel and again in 1969, when Salomé’s “Vivo cantando” was involved in a four-way tie with France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. The 1969 contest in Madrid is the only time Spain has hosted the event, since lots were drawn after 1969’s four-way tie and the 1970 contest was hosted by the Netherlands. Since the start of the 21st century, Spain has reached the top 10 seven times, with David Civera (2001) finishing 6th, Rosa (2002) finishing 7th, Beth (2003) finishing 8th, Ramón (2004) finishing 10th, both Pastora Soler (2012) and Ruth Lorenzo (2014) also finishing 10th, and Chanel (2022) finishing 3rd. Spain has also failed to reach the top 20 in 10 of the last 17 contests, including for six consecutive contests (2015–21). Spain is the current participating country with the longest active victory drought, with a total of 53 years (1969–2022).
Blas Cantó Moreno is a Spanish singer and songwriter. He rose to prominence as a member of the Spanish band Auryn. In 2017, he embarked on a solo career. His debut studio album Complicado was released in September 2018, the album peaked at number one on the Spanish Albums Chart.
He was going to represent Spain at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam with the song “Universo” but the competition was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. He represented Spain instead in Eurovision Song Contest 2021 with the song “Voy a quedarme”.
|1||Playing With Fire||Paula Selling & Ovi||2010 Romania|
|2||On Top Of The World||Edsilia Rombley||2007 Netherlands|
|3||Brujeria||Son De Sol||2005 Spain|
|4||La Venda||Miki Nunez||2019 Spain|
|5||Voy A Quedarme||Blas Cantó||2021 Spain|
|6||T’aimer Encore Une Fois||Al Bano & Romina Power||1976 Italy|
|7||We Are One||Wild Youth||2023 Ireland|
|8||Carpe Diem||Joker Out||2023 Slovenia|
|9||Queen Of Kings||Alessandra||2023 Norway|
|10||Den Vilda||One More Time||1996 Sweden|
|11||Adrenalina||Senhit||2021 San Marino|
|12||Foi Magia||Sofia Victoria||2004 Portugal|
|13||Colour Of Your Life||Michal Szpak||2016 Poland|