¡Ay, qué deseo!

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Spain "¡Ay, qué deseo!"
Eurovision Song Contest 1996 entry
Country Spain
Artist(s) Antonio Carbonell
Language Spanish
Composer(s) Antonio Carmona, Josemi Carmona, Juan Carmona
Lyricist(s) Antonio Carmona, Josemi Carmona, Juan Carmona
Conductor Eduardo Leiva
Finals performance
Final result 20th
Final points 17
Appearance chronology
◄ "Vuelve conmigo" (1995)   
"Sin rencor" (1997) ►

"¡Ay, qué deseo!" (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈai, ˈke deˈseo]; "Oh, what desire") was the Spanish entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1996, performed in Spanish by Antonio Carbonell.

Composed and written by Antonio Carmona, Josemi Carmona and Juan Carmona (members of flamenco-pop band Ketama), the song is a moderately up-tempo number. Carbonell sings about a woman who he wanted to find "footprints under your feet" and be bound with her hair. It mainly features the beach scenario, with "coral seas" and "echoes of paradise". He desires her footprints of caramel and honey.

The song was performed third on the night, following United Kingdom's Gina G with "Ooh Aah... Just a Little Bit" and preceding Portugal's Lúcia Moniz with "O meu coração não tem cor". At the close of voting, it had received 17 points, placing 20th in a field of 23, Spain's worst Contest result since 1987, it only garned points from 4 countries:

Country Points
Cyprus Cyprus 2 points
Malta Malta 5 points
Croatia Croatia 4 points
Greece Greece 6 points

It was succeeded as Spanish representative at the 1997 contest by Marcos Llunas with "Sin rencor".

Sources and external links[edit]


  • Diggiloo Thrush. "1996 Spanish". Retrieved 2007-03-26. 
  • Kennedy O'Connor, John (2005). The Eurovision Song Contest: The Official History.