Que me quiten lo bailao

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"Que me quiten lo bailao"
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Single by Lucía Pérez
from the album Cruzo los dedos
Released 25 March 2011
Format Digital download
Recorded 2010
Genre Pop
Length 2:53
Label Warner Music Spain
Songwriter(s) Rafael Artesero
Spain "Que me quiten lo bailao"
Eurovision Song Contest 2011 entry
Rafael Artesero
Rafael Artesero
Finals performance
Final result
Final points
Appearance chronology
◄ "Algo pequeñito" (2010)   
"Quédate conmigo" (2012) ►

"Que me quiten lo bailao" (Spanish pronunciation: [ke me ˈkiten lo βaiˈlao], literally "Let them take away from me what I've danced", a colloquialism that means "They can't take the fun I've had away from me")[1] was the Spanish entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 in Düsseldorf, Germany, performed by Lucía Pérez. The song, written and composed by Rafael Artesero, was chosen to be the Spanish entry through the national final Destino Eurovisión, with 68% of the total votes by the audience.[2]

The song was released as a digital download on 25 March 2011.[3] It is the first song released from her fifth studio album Cruzo los dedos


The song was written and composed by Rafael Artesero, who had already penned the Andorran Eurovision entries of 2005 and 2006 ("La mirada interior" and "Sense tu" respectively), as well as several Spanish national final entries. The author had originally submitted the song to RTVE in English as "Weeping for Joy", but the broadcaster asked him to translate it into Spanish. The composition was one of the three songs assigned to Lucía Pérez for the final of Destino Eurovisión. In the jury vote where she was left with "Que me quiten lo bailao" out of the three songs, she admitted it was not the song she preferred for not being the style she is used to performing.[4]


After the song was chosen to compete at Eurovision, the song was recorded in studio with new arrangements with the help of Jose María “Chema” Purón, Lucía's producer since 2002 and producer and composer of the Spanish Eurovision entries of 1995 and 2000. The song was given a different tonality with the inclusion of Galician folk instruments and some of the lyrics were modified. This version of the song also changes key towards the end, and the section where Pérez sings 'para churu churu...' was cut.[5][6] The recording of an English version under the title "I'm over the moon"[1] was announced but did not come to fruition.[7][8] The Galician language version, titled "Que me quiten o bailao", was first performed by Lucía in a special program aired on TVG on July 25, 2011 to celebrate the Day of Galician Fatherland.[9]

Music video[edit]

The official music video was filmed on 5 March 2011 in Sitges (Barcelona), during its renowned Carnival celebrations. Fans were invited to join the filming in disguise.[6][10] The video premiered on RTVE's Eurovision website on 11 March 2011.[1]

Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

"Que me quiten lo bailao" was Spain's entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2011. By representing a "big five" country, it was automatically qualified for the final on 14 May 2011. Spain was drawn into position 22 out of the 25 available spots during the running order draw. In the end the song only managed to reach the 23rd place with 50 points. Televoters liked the song better than professional jurors: if only televoting results had been considered, it would have reached 16th place, whereas it was second-to-last in the national juries' voting results.[11]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[12] 19


  1. ^ a b c "Estrenamos el videoclip de "Que me quiten lo bailao", de Lucía Pérez" (in Spanish). RTVE. 2011-03-11. Retrieved 2011-03-11. 
  2. ^ Escudero, Victor M. (2011-02-19). "Spain decided: Lucía Pérez to Düsseldorf!". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 2011-02-19. 
  3. ^ "Que me quiten lo bailao (Eurovision) - Single". iTunes. 
  4. ^ García Hernández, José (2011-02-19). "Lucía: Que me quiten lo bailao no es de mi estilo, pero tiene algo y la defenderé a muerte" (in Spanish). eurovision-spain.com. Retrieved 2011-02-21. 
  5. ^ "Filtrada la versión final de Que me quiten lo bailao de Lucía Pérez" (in Spanish). eurovision-spain.com. 2011-03-06. Retrieved 2011-03-06. 
  6. ^ a b Hondal, Victor (2011-03-06). "Spain: Final versions of Eurovision entry leaked". EscToday.com. Retrieved 2011-03-24. 
  7. ^ "Lucía Pérez: "Lo mejor de mi canción es que transmite alegría y eso lo va a entender el público europeo"" (in Spanish). RTVE. 2011-02-22. Retrieved 2011-02-24. 
  8. ^ Jiandani, Sanjay (2011-02-22). "Spain: Official presentation of Lucía". EscToday.com. Retrieved 2011-02-24. 
  9. ^ "Lucía Pérez presenta la versión en galego de Que me quiten lo bailao" (in Spanish). eurovision-spain.com. 2011-07-27. Retrieved 2011-08-21. 
  10. ^ "¿Quieres participar en el videoclip de Lucía Pérez?" (in Spanish). RTVE. 2011-03-03. Retrieved 2011-03-03. 
  11. ^ "EBU reveals split televoting and jury results". European Broadcasting Union. 2011-05-26. 
  12. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Lucía Pérez – Que me quiten lo bailao". Canciones Top 50. Hung Medien. 

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