Eurovision 2017 previews countdown: #38 SPAIN – Manel Navarro – “Do It for Your Lover”

Yes, it’s April Fool’s Day as I write this, but this is no joke for our first Big 5 country in the countdown, and the lowest by far they have ever placed in one of these YouTube-based rankings. In the last two years, Spain were in the top 3 in these countdowns, yet finished 21st and 22nd in the grand final. Could it be the opposite case this year and a low placing here actually mean a better result in reality? 

Well, I suspect this song isn’t quite as disliked as this position would suggest (I won’t go into the details of all the #eurodrama surrounding the Spanish national final) but suffice to say the Spanish fans would have preferred a different winner and their ire takes a long time to abate!

What about the song itself though? Well, it’s a summery number, verses in Spanish (good) but the English chorus is, well, repetitive to say the least and the whole song is pretty simple and to be honest, sounds rather cheap, especially compared to the many well produced entries we get in Eurovision now. Could potentially be Spain’s last place since 1999 though there are a couple of other contenders for that infamous accolade.

Quick fact: Spain haven’t missed a contest since 1961, only the UK has a longer unbroken string of appearances.

Mum’s reaction: Shake of head; “no”

Official video:

Live performance at national final:

Spain at the Eurovision Song Contest:Spain Eurovision flag

First entered: 1961

Appearances (excluding this year): 56

Best result: Winner 1968, 1969

Last year’s result: 22nd

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