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Auryn, stylized as AURYN, is a 5-member British-style Spanish boy band founded in 2009. Signed to Warner Music, they sing in English and Spanish.
The band is made up of five members that appeared previously on various talent show series in Spain. Various members of the band have taken part at different occasions in contests like Factor X, Veo Veo, La Batalla de los Coros and at Junior Eurovision Song Contest qualifications. Dani Fernández represented Spain in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2006, and remains the last Spanish entrant on the competition.
They are all musically trained. Blas Cantó and Dani Fernández have studied trumpet and piano at musical conservatories / schools. Carlos Marco has studied vocal techniques at "Escuela Orfeo" in Alicante. Álvaro Gango has taken part in gospel and classical choirs and has worked as actor and David Lafuente has learned in musical bands.
- Blas Cantó (born in Ricote, (Murcia), 26 October 1991)
- Dani Fernández (born in Alcázar de San Juan, Ciudad Real, 11 December 1991)
- Álvaro Gango (born in Alcalá de Henares, Madrid on 2 October 1989)
- David Lafuente (born in Granada on 3 May 1988)
- Carlos Marco (born in Alicante, 4 February 1991)
Destino Eurovisión 2011
Auryn gained great popularity particularly after they took part in Destino Eurovisión, the selection process to represent Spain in Eurovision Song Contest 2011 reaching the final 3. In Heat 1 held on 28 January 2011, where contestants needed to interpret an earlier Eurovision song, they sang a cover of "Fly on the Wings of Love" from the Olsen Brothers (the Eurovision 2000 winner for Denmark). They qualified to the next round by televoting. In the semi-final round held on 11 February 2013, contestants had to pick another Eurovision classic, they sang "Eres tú" originally by Mocedades that finished Spanish runner-up in Eurovision 1973. They qualified by a decision of the jury to the Finals where they were one of the Top 3, the other acts being Lucía Pérez and Melissa. Each act had to sing three original songs, with the jury picking one original song from each artist. Auryn sang "Evangeline", "El sol brillará" and "Volver". The latter was picked as their final song. Eventually the Spanish qualifying entry for Eurovision 2011 went to Lucía Pérez and her song "Que me quiten lo bailao"
- Final (18 February 2011)
When the band was formed in 2009, they first gained attention through their online postings on YouTube including covers for Rihanna's "Umbrella" and Los Secretos' "Déjame". That was followed by an appearance on Destino Eurovisión 2011 (see above) where they finished in the Final 3, but failed to qualify for Eurovision 2011.
Based on the popularity they achieved, the band released their own single "Breathe in the Light" later in 2011 that reached Top 10 in the singles chart and eventually their debut album Endless Road 7058 (stylyzed as ENDLESS ROAD 7058) in 2012. It won the "Best New Album" award from Televisión Española (TVE) and was a chart success reaching number 11 on PROMUSICAE, the official Spanish Albums chart. Their follow-up album is Anti-Heroes stylized as ANTI-HEROES released in 2013.
Since 2011, the band also organizes camps called "MycampAuryn" to provide the opportunity for fans to share several days with them at camp.
In popular culture
The band's name refers to the fictional talisman AURYN from Michael Ende book The Neverending Story, being two mythological serpents, symmetrical, that bite at each other's tails. The popular charm, when worn, allegedly gives the wearer the opportunity to fulfill all his wishes. Since the original word AURYN always appears in the book in all capitals, the band insists on naming its album titles in all capitals as well.
- Studio albums
|2012||Endless Road, 7058||4||Gold (+20.000)|
|2011||"Breathe in the Light"||10||Endless Road 7058|
|"Last Night on Earth"||6|
|2012||"I Don't Think So"||7|
|"Don't Give Up My Game"||13|
|"I Met An Angel (On Christmas Day)"||39||Christmas non-album release|
|2013||"Cuando te volveré a ver"||34||From Spanish soundtrack of Wreck-It Ralph|
- Other releases
- 2011: "Volver" (Destino Eurovisión 2011)
- 2011: "Evangeline" (Destino Eurovisión 2011)
- 2011: "El sol brillará" (Destino Eurovisión 2011)
- 2012: Endless Road, 7058
- 2013: Anti-Heroes
Awards and nominations
|2011||Bid to represent Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest||Nominated|
|Habboritos de Habbo||Best new artist||Won|
|Disco del año de TVE||Best album by a new act||Won|
|2012||Premios RadioCAN||Best international song||Won|
|Premios elRemix||Best national debut||Won|
|Neox Fan Awards||Best flirting song||Won|
|Best Spanish group||Won|
|Premios 40 Principales||Best Spanish new artist||Won|
|Best Spanish album||Nominated|
|2013||Neox Fan Awards||Best Spanish group||Won|
|Single of the year||Won|
|Most tweeted about award show guests||Won|
|MTV Europe Music Awards||Best Spanish act||Won|
|Best southern European act||Nominated|
|Premios 40 Principales||Best Spanish artist or group||Nominated|
|Best Spanish video||Won|