ESCountdown 2019: #8 – “La venda” by Miki, Spain

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN! Welcome to my ESCountdown 2019, presented by eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica! Between April 7 and May 12, I will countdown my picks of the entries in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019! There are 41 countries participating this year, and we’ll bring you each and every entry from them all!

At this point in time we are ONE WEEK away from the Grand Final for 2018, and only four days from the first semi final. Today and tomorrow, I will bring you my top ten picks. As always, I know the ESC fandom community is a rabid one, and fans are all over the road, so as always with my personal picks, your mileage may vary…:-)

In at #8 on my countdown this year is the official entry from Spain, “La venda” by Miki, written by Adria Salas. The song is performed in Spanish, and as Spain is one of the “Big Five”, it has an automatic “bye” to the Grand Final on May 18th.

23-year-old Miguel “Miki” Nunez Poco is getting his first real big taste of future stardom right now. He was a contestant last year on the long-running Spanish competition series Operación Triunfo, where he finished in 6th place. Most of the contestants on that show since it returned from a long multi-year hiatus are also given songs to compete in the national final for Eurovision, and Miki took the top spot on that show.

The title in English is “The Blindfold“, and the song is a fun romp about taking your blinders off, seeing the world as it is, and forgetting prejudices and having fun with all you find. In English, the first line of the chorus says “The blindfold falls down and joy is the only thing left”; wouldn’t it be wonderful if the world could find that middle point among peoples and cultures so easily? I have been HOOKED on this song from day one – I have noted time and time again, particularly on “The Kirkham Report“, that I love Latin music, even though I don’t speak the language. Miki and his crew in the video seem to be having so much fun, and Miki himself is so bubbly and full of life that you can’t help but love him – his voice is awesome, the ladies love his looks – I know this because my wife called him cute and she knows these things, heh heh – and the style, which I would personally term as maybe “pseudo-mariachi” but I might be wrong in a technical sense, is just a blast. It’s a shame the ESC fandom community don’t seem to like this tune much – I think they’ve got a real fun number here…and it stands head and shoulders over last year’s entry, the snoozy “Tu cancion” by Amaia y Alfred….snore…..

Surprisingly, SpaIn didn’t debut in the EuroVision contest until 1961. Since their debut, they have never missed a contest, so they’ve appeared fifty eight times. Both of their Grand Final championships occurred in the 1960s, and they were back to back, winning in 1968 with “La la la” by Massiel , and in 1969 with “Viva cantando” by Salome, which was part of the infamous four way tie that year with the UK, France, and the Netherlands.  They have also finished second four times, with one of those second-place finishers, 1973’s “Eres Tu” by Mocedades, considered to be a EuroVision classic and becoming a worldwide hit, even in the US, where it hit #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became my ten-year-old self’s introduction to Latin music, which I have loved ever since. They’ve also finished with “nul’ points three times – in 1962. 1965, and 1983, and have managed a top ten finish only twice since 2005; even with massively huge fan support, they only managed a 23rd place finish last year with the aforementioned “Tu cancion“…

I challenge anyone watching the video to not want to get up and dance…it’s THAT FUN….

Join eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica each day through this year’s finals on May 18 – be sure to check each site, because some of the features will be exclusive to just one of the sites! My daily song countdown will appear on all three sites, with some additional material coming to both Planet BM and TKR in the days and weeks’  ahead. I missed a few days due to personal issues, so I’m playing catch-up now, and will have two or three entries per day with my #1 pick being revealed on Sunday May 12.

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Catch all the official EuroVision action at their official Website and on their official YouTube channel! And hopefully, we’ll get to see the finals again this year somewhere – American fans, with Logo dropping coverage this year, let’s let AXS know we want to see it become the American home of EuroVision!

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