Junior Eurovision 2020 - Spain
Finishing as the runner-up in our Aussievision Team rankings of the Junior Eurovision songs this year is.... Spain!
Read below to get song details plus our individual rankings and comments below.
Soleá - ‘Palante’
Nine-year old Soleá Fernandez Moreno, better known as Soleá, will represent Spain in the 2020 Junior Eurovision Song Contest after being internally selected by the Spanish Broadcaster RTVE, having performed and singing since the age of four.
Born in Seville, in the south of Spain, into the Farruco flamenco family, Soleá will become Spain’s sixth representative at the contest, following Spain’s participation (and a win in 2004!) from 2003-2006 and 2019, and will be hoping that her entry, ‘Palante’, will join the rest of the Spain’s entries with a top four place.
Composed by Bruno Valverde, Hajar Sbihi and César G. Ross, ‘Palante’ translates to ‘Move on’, which talks to the notion of resilience in the face of adversity.
The Aussievision Team Rankings
Cooper - 1st
Ruby - 1st
Dale - 2nd
Ally - 3rd
Mike - 3rd
Hugo - 3rd
Kyriakos - 3rd
Emma - 4th
Liv - 4th
Laura - 5th
Wade - 7th
Fleur - 8th
Ford - 9th
Great tempo, with a sassy and charismatic singer. But combining a squeaking flute and repetitive lyrics in the chorus is a song-killer for me. It will undeniably do well though. ~ Wade
Dance track of this year’s crop! Distinctly Spanish/Latino sound done tastefully to suit the junior vibe. Looking forward to those dance moves making it to the stage! ~ Hugo
Wow, wow, wow, Spain definitely came to win this year. This is just so much fun to listen to. Yes it is a bit repetitive, but that’s ok, it’s not annoyingly repetitive. This is the kind of up-tempo fun that is severely lacking in this year’s competition. ~ Ally
Stands out from the pack with its Latin American dance vibes that have been so popular in the charts over the last few years. Very catchy. ~ Emma
It’s really nice to have a strong uptempo bop which is extremely catchy! It will certainly stand out in this year’s contest and it stays true to the contemporary Spanish pop music scene. Not sure that the slower part of the song at the start adds a whole lot to the overall package - the uptempo parts are definitely the strongest here! ~ Laura
‘Palante’ packs a punch! With a vast majority of slower songs in the contest this year. Spain really stands out with this great pop banger. The obvious ethnic touches to the production really make the songs special and Soleá's energy will add a cherry on top. This entry really has the potential to take home the crown to Spain. ~ Cooper
This is a cute song but I found it rather repetitive. It does stand out because it is one of the few upbeat songs this year. For that reason it will do well. I found this instrumentation aspect more appealing than the song itself. Not sure how it would go in any other year. ~ Fleur
The basis of the song is a very modern sounding Spanish pop song. Reggaeton influences with a catchy 'trop pop' beat thrown in. Although it is a simple song, I can imagine this working for the Junior Eurovision demographic when it comes to the public vote. ~ Mike
The first minute of this and it’s my absolute winner. Big beat, catchy pop lyrics and well performed by Soleá. It’s a Lo Malo for tweens and I am here for it. Unfortunately by the third minute the repetitiveness so they will have to bring a performance. ~ Dale
I can see why others like the song so much, but for me it’s simply not my favourite of the year. There is just so much quality from the other entries this year. ~ Ford
This is the first song that made me want to replay it straight away AND I could remember lyrics for. I can imagine this kicking off on TikTok which for the 8-year-olds of 2020 is a HUGE deal. The juries might kick it for repetitiveness, but I think the televote will more than pay them back the difference. ~ Liv
This is a banger bop! There is a lot going on in this song. The music does sound a bit too mature for her voice. But this is the performance that will get everyone dancing on the night. ~ Kyriakos
Spain in Junior Eurovision
Spain made their big return to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest just last year after a 13-year hiatus.
Spain participated in Junior Eurovision from 2003-2006, winning the contest in 2004, and placing second in 2003 and 2005. After coming 4th in 2006, Spain withdrew from the 2007 Junior Contest, stating that "the Junior Eurovision promotes stereotypes we do not share". In their return last year Spain finished in third place with ‘Marte’ by Melani García.
‘The entry’ written by Ruby
Aussievision Team's Junior Eurovision 2020 rankings
1st place - France - Valentina - ‘J’imagine’
2nd place - Spain - Soleá - ‘Palante’
3rd place - Belarus - Arina Pehtereva - ‘Aliens’
4th place - The Netherlands - Unity - 'Best Friends'
5th place - Kazakhstan - Karakat Bashanova - ‘Forever’
6th place - Ukraine - Oleksandr Balabanov – ‘Vidkryvai (Open Up)’ (Відкривай)
7th place - Poland - Ala Tracz - ‘I’ll Be Standing’
8th place - Malta - Chanel Monseigneur – ‘Chasing Sunsets’
9th place - Georgia - Sandra Gadelia – ‘You Are Not Alone’
10th place - Russia - Sofia Feskova – ‘My New Day’
11th place - Germany - Susan - ‘Stronger With You’
12th place - Serbia - Petar Aničić - ‘Heartbeat’
Aussievision Podcast - Junior Eurovision 2020 Preview
Our preview episode of Junior Eurovision 2020 is out now. We go through the contest, the Top 5 songs from the Aussievision team and predict a winner.
Listen via: Apple here and Spotify here. Or wherever you get them!
Also check out other Junior Eurovision articles:
'National Finals and Internal Selections: How Junior Eurovision winners were selected'
'Junior Eurovision Song Contest over the decade'
'Junior Eurovision stars that have leaped into the Eurovision Song Contest'