La venda

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"La venda"
Miki Núñez - La venda.jpg
Single by Miki Núñez
Released18 January 2019
7 March (final ver.)
Format
Genre
Length3:03
LabelUniversal Music Spain
Songwriter(s)Adrià Salas
Producer(s)Oriol Padrós
Music video
"La venda" on YouTube
Spain "La venda"
Eurovision Song Contest 2019 entry
Country
Artist(s)
Language
Composer(s)
Adrià Salas
Lyricist(s)
Adrià Salas
Appearance chronology
◄ "Tu canción" (2018)   

"La venda" (transl. The blindfold) is a song performed by Spanish singer Miki and written by Adrià Salas, who is the lead vocalist of the Latin Grammy-nominated band La Pegatina. The song will represent Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv.[1]

Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

On 14 September 2018, the Spanish broadcaster Televisión Española (TVE) confirmed that they would use the music reality program Operación Triunfo to select their act for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.[2] Interested and invited songwriters were able to submit their song demos from 1 November 2018 to 15 November 2018.[3][4] Seventeen selected songs (via the public call and via invitation) were allocated by the talent show's boarding academy's staff to thirteen of the sixteen eligible contestants from Operación Triunfo 2018 in solo and duet combinations. The allocation was announced on 11 December 2018. The contestants recorded a one-minute demo of their respective songs. The demos were made available to the public via TVE's official website on the night between 19 December 2018 and 20 December 2018, during the finale of Operación Triunfo 2018 when the regular winner of the season was determined. An online public vote ran until 2 January 2019, enabling each user to vote for their three favorite entries each day.[5] The three entries with the most votes advanced to the special live show "Gala Eurovisión", the special live show where the Spanish public would choose both the song and its performers for the Eurovision Song Contest on 20 January 2019. A five-member evaluation committee — consisting of two members representing TVE's management, a member from the digital branch of TVE, and two teachers from Operación Triunfo's boarding academy — selected seven additional entries from the fourteen remaining songs, "La venda" among them, for "Gala Eurovisión."[3][4][6] During "Gala Eurovisión", "La venda" won with 34% of the public vote.[1]

As Spain is a member of the "Big Five", the song automatically advances to the final, to be held on 18 May 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Live performances[edit]

Miki performed the song live for the first time on Gala Eurovisión of Operación Triunfo 2018 on 20 January 2019, where he was selected to represent Spain at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.[1]

Miki will perform the song live during the final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 at the Expo Tel Aviv in Tel Aviv, Israel on 18 May 2019.

Music video[edit]

The official video of the song, directed by Adrià Pujol and Fèlix Cortés, was filmed on 13 February 2019 at the Mercantic antique market in Sant Cugat del Vallès[7] and was released on 7 March 2019.[8]

Critical response[edit]

Judy Cantor-Navas of Billboard described "La venda" as a "rousing party anthem, the kind of popular Spanish song that typically animates both soccer stadiums and neighborhood festivals" and as a Eurovision entry that "will please the crowd" rather than "depend on the artist's vocal talent to wow the judges and audience voters".[9]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[10]
No.TitleLength
1."La venda"3:03
Digital download - Revamped version[11]
No.TitleLength
1."La venda (Eurovision Song Contest / Tel Aviv 2019)"2:59

Charts[edit]

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[12] 13

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Version Label
Various 18 January 2019 Digital download[10] Original
7 March 2019 Revamped

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Jiandani, Sanjay (Sergio) (20 January 2019). "Spain: Miki will fly to Tel Aviv!". ESCToday. Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Spain: TVE confirms participation in Eurovision 2019". esctoday.com. 14 September 2018. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Bases de participación de Eurovisión 2019: ¡tú puedes ser el autor de nuestra canción en Tel Aviv!" (in Spanish). RTVE.es. 4 October 2018. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Spain: TVE opens song submission period for Eurovision 2019; national final in January". Esctoday.com. 4 October 2018. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Noemí Galera y Manu Guix reparten los temas de Eurovisión a los concursantes de OT 2018" (in Spanish). RTVE.es. 11 December 2018. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  6. ^ "Conoce las diez canciones que aspiran a convertirse en la canción de España para Eurovisión 2019" (in Spanish). RTVE.es. 4 January 2019. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  7. ^ "Miki graba el videoclip de "La Venda" y confirma tres paradas de su gira eurovisiva". eldiario.es (in Spanish). 14 February 2019. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  8. ^ https://wiwibloggs.com/2019/03/06/la-venda-ya-cayo-miki-releases-new-version/234601/
  9. ^ Cantor-Navas, Judy (January 21, 2019). "Hear Spain's Eurovision Song 'La Venda'". Billboard. Retrieved January 22, 2019.
  10. ^ a b "La Venda". iTunes. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  11. ^ "La Venda (Eurovision Song Contest / Tel Aviv 2019) - Single". iTunes. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  12. ^ "Top 100 Canciones: Semana 4". Productores de Música de España. Retrieved 30 January 2019.