Miki

EUROVISION 2019: What Next – Miki

What next for this year’s Eurovision finalists?

Spain: Miki

by Christopher Smith

Poor old Spain hasn’t done very well at all in Eurovision for some years now, in fact it hasn’t had a win since 1969 or a top ten placing since “Dancing In The Rain” in 2014. This year’s hope was 23 year old singer Miki Núñez aka Miki, who made his bid for stardom in 2018 in the Spanish reality show Operación Triunfo, where he finished sixth in the final. All of Miki’s performances were successfully released with “El ataque de las chicas cocodrilo” (“Attack Of The Crocodile Girls”) and “Una Lluna A L’Aigua” (“A Moon In The Water”) reaching the Spanish singles chart.

He was subsequently selected by the Spanish jury to represent the country at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest with the song “La Venda” (“The Blindfold”), which was the last song performed on stage. Miki would finish twenty second with 54 points, 53 coming from the tele vote, although this was slightly better than 2018 when Spain came twenty third and 2017 when it finished last with “Do It For Your Lover” polling just five points! “La venda” has, however, had success on singles chart where it has currently peaked at No.13.

Miki has followed this up with “Nadie se salva” (“No One Can Save You”), a duet with Natalia Lacunza, and no doubt with his TV success, he will become a fixture in Spanish music circles for some time to come.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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