This year, Spain will be represented at Junior Eurovision 2023 by Sandra Valero, performing her retro-infused banger "LOVIU".
Read on below for more details on the entry, the artist, and the history of Spain at Junior Eurovision!
About the artist: Sandra Valero
11-year-old Valencia native Sandra Valero is a rising star. Making her start in a number of televised singing competitions, she has subsequently also appeared in the Spanish version of the musical "The Bodyguard". She has also acted and modeled from a young age.
Sandra was chosen for Junior Eurovision 2023 by participating in RTVE's casting process. After receiving a massive 114 applications, RTVE invited the top 14 candidates to a live audition process in front of a selection panel of expert judges, including Rayden (Benidorm Fest 2021)!
Sandra was the panel's clear choice, receiving top marks from every judge.
About the song: 'LOVIU'
'LOVIU' was written and produced by a team of Spanish songwriters, consisting of Luis Ramiro, Diego Cantero, Alejandro Martínez and Diego Parejo.
The song is a bright and happy 1960s-influenced number, which wouldn't be out of place in the musical 'Hairspray'. In the chorus, Sandra sings in five different languages - Spanish, English, French, Italian and Portuguese. If you've ever wanted to learn how to say "I love you" in multiple languages, now is your chance!
In Nice, Sandra will be joined onstage by four other young performers as her backing singers: Blanca, Nayaeli, David and Jesús. After participating in Spain's selection process for Junior Eurovision for the last two years running, broadcaster RTVE was keen to reward these four enthusiastic performers - a testament to how much fantastic young talent there is in Spain.
Spain in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
Spain is one of a number of countries that has returned to Junior Eurovision after many years away. In the early days of the contest, they were something of a powerhouse, hitting the top four in all of their participations.
This included their first (and to date, only) Junior Eurovision victory with Maria Isabel's "Antes muerta que sencilla" - a song that went on to have great success across Spain and Latin America after JESC.
Since returning to the Contest, Spain has kept up the good work. They have reached the top 6 on all but one of their participations, including two third places for Melani Garcia's "Marte" and Solea's "Palante". However, Spain will be hungry for a win after a number of near misses.
Can Sandra nab Spain their second Junior Eurovision trophy? We'll have to wait and see!
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