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Spain’s 2015 Eurovision Entry

May 21, 2015


Edurne García Almagro: Amanecer

And now we come to the pre-qualifieds or, as I like to call them, the Rich Kids.  The Rich Kids are those larger economies who by the turn of the century had started to feel that the Eurovision was starting to drift away from them.  Drift away to the east.  With the proliferation of new polities following the end of the Cold War, the number of eligible European nations threatened to overwhelm the possibility of a single evening’s entertainment.  Semi finals were accordingly introduced.  But this created another problem.  What if the one or more of the Rich Kids now failed to qualify for the final?  The revenue implications were terrifying.

And so the “pre-qualified” system was created to prevent certain large and unpopular nations such as the UK from giving up on Eurovision altogether and taking their still popular money with them.

First of the Rich Kids (size of economy of course has no reference to average income or anything like that San Marino has a much higher average standard of living than the UK) is Spain.  And recession or no recession, Spain have spared no expense with this video.

It sort of starts out a bit like those sepia toned Spanish wheatfield scenes from Ridley Scott’s Gladiator.  Except there’s a tiger. And a leathery gladiator guys who’s a bit afraid of the tiger but not enough afraid.  Then Edurne actually turns into the tiger. A ring is dropped – a ring engraved not with “Ash nazg durbatulûk, ash nazg gimbatu” but with Saturday’s date – the date of the final – rather rubbing salt into the wounds of those lesser nations who actually have to qualify.  From then on things get rather Tolkien-y with Mount Doom blazing away across a desolate landscape.

I tried looking up the lyrics to the song to see if they would help me with the movie.  They do not.  The movie doesn’t help illustrate the song and the song is tangential to the conspicuous display of high definition fantasy on stage.

I’m wondering if this couldn’t be the first Eurovision promotional video to actually make it to Xbox.

I’m guessing that this song and video is an attempt to demonstrate to the wider world (i.e. Angela Merkel) that Spain has indeed come out of recession.  Any nation that can put on this sort of a show is surely healthy enough to be allowed to relax austerity just a bit?

So far Sweden has been the only nation to pull off the unusual trick of having better special effects for its live performance than for its promotional video.  If Spain can top Sweden in the “bells and whistles” section, then perhaps our long dark continental austerity nightmare is over…

Switzerland’s 2015 Eurovision Entry

Sweden’s 2015 Eurovision Entry

Slovenia’s 2015 Eurovision Entry

San Marino’s 2015 Eurovision Entry,

Portugal’s 2015 Eurovision Entry

Poland’s 2015 Eurovision Entry

Norway’s 2015 Eurovision Entry

Montenegro’s 2015 Eurovision Entry

Malta’s 2015 Eurovision Entry

Lithuania’s 2015 Eurovision Entry

Latvia’s 2015 Eurovision Entry

Israel’s 2015 Eurovision Entry

Ireland’s 2015 Eurovision Entry

Iceland’s 2015 Eurovision Entry

Czech Republic 2015 Eurovision Entry

Cyprus’ 2015 Eurovision Entry

Azerbaijan’s 2015 Eurovision Entry

Serbia’s 2015 Eurovision Entry

Russia’s 2015 Eurovision Entry

Romania’s 2015 Eurovision Entry

Netherlands’ 2015 Eurovision Entry

Moldova’s 2015 Eurovision Entry

Macedonia’s 2015 Eurovision Entry

Hungary’s 2015 Eurovision Entry

Georgia’s 2015 Eurovision Entry

Greece’s Eurovision Entry

Finland’s Eurovision Entry

Estonia’s Eurovision Entry

Denmark’s Eurovision Entry

Belgium’s Eurovision Entry

Belarus Eurovision Entry

Armenia’s Eurovision Entry

Albania’s Eurovision Entry


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