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Do what exactly for your lover? Spain’s 2017 Eurovision entry?

May 11, 2017


Perhaps I’ve got the filthiest imagination on earth.  Let’s not jettison that possibility too quickly.  But when someone sings “Do it for your lover” over and over and over again, I can’t help but get curious about what this “it” is?  Not since Meatloaf declared that there was one particular thing that he was unprepared to do, even for love, have I felt so curious.  Am I completely alone here?

The verses are of very little assistance to me, failing to either confirm or deny my smutty imaginings.  They are in Spanish, though easily translated, and serve to clarify very little on the “it” front.  Sometimes Manel refers to your lover and at other times to “loved ones”.  Mainly to your lover though.   I find this oscillation rather confusing as things you do for a specific lover tend to be quite different from things you do for a broader category of “loved ones”.  Usually.

Here’s the official video, which is also no help.

This little film is neither sexual nor asexual.  Manel jumps into a beach-buggy with his chums and heads off for a bit of surfing.  On the beach, he finds his girlfriend( (?) sunbathing, who turns out to be much better at surfing than any of the boys.  Then they play football for a bit and in the evening they go to a nice restaurant.  It really is that simple.  A nice day.

The oscillation between Spanish and English is a compromise that’s been tried before at Eurovision.  We respect our own language but we want a chorus that everybody can join in with.  The song itself bounces along and the refrain certainly has a mnemonic efficacy.  Unfortunately, it’s the kind of mnemonic infection that grates very quickly, the kind of earworm that pretty soon you’d be paying good money for Janovian primal scream therapy, exorcism, or trepanning just to have removed.

In short, the chorus is too suggestive not to get me sniggering, but the song as a whole isn’t suggestive enough not to prevent me from feeling bad about myself for sniggering.  I call this – the worst of all possible worlds.

Spain is a large western economy that gets to march straight into the final.  We might not get to hear much of this song otherwise.

Still, Spain is a better bet than the UK – unless Lucie Jones decides she actually WANTS to win and makes the obvious decision to sing in Welsh:

Israel, like, Spain, is to be found at the beach:

Meanwhile, there’s Estonia.  Which enrages me:

Lithuania’s entry  is flashy… that’s all I can say:

For fresh-faced innocence – Bulgaria’s yer only man:

But if you prefer something jolly and sinister at the same time – you’ll prefer Belarus:

There’s something a bit too tasteful about Switzerland’s entry:

For something superficially a bit “edgy” – try Norway:

Croatia, on the other hand,  offers two voices for the price of one:

Here’s Ma and Pa in San Marino:

For youthful angst – Ireland:

Ireland’s entry is, I think, more emotionally involving than Denmark’s:

Right now I prefer cultural nationalism when it isn’t Hungarian:

The Netherlands offers something altogether safer:

Utterly (winningly?) different is Romania:

Less immediately exciting is Malta:

So you might prefer Macedonia:

Or you can “Climb Every Mountain” with Nathan from Austria:

Serbia offers a big ballad about rising and falling and falling and rising:

Meanwhile, here is Sweden:

Here, meanwhile, is Omar belting it out for Slovenia:

Portugal offers something just a bit more special:

Anyhow, Portugal’s offering is infinitely more palatable than Poland’s:

A man who needs a deal of personal space is this guy from Montenegro:

Equally sexualised is the Moldovan entry:

Latvia offers a more techno-trance version of minimalism:

Iceland’s entry isn’t really a Eurovision song either:

Georgia’s offering is undoubtedly a bigger if not bolder initiative:

Frankly, I prefer Finland:

I’ll be sorely vexed if Finland doesn’t do better than Cyprus

Frankly I’d rather the Czech Republic won – though they won’t…

Belgium looks like a better bet:

But if it isn’t, maybe it will go to Azerbaijan with this…

Armenia’s Entry is nowhere near as scary:

In the meantime here are my thoughts on the Australian entry:

And here’s Albania…



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