Manel Navarro has been selected as the Spanish representative for Eurovision 2017, after winning their national selection Objetivo Eurovisión 2017 with his song Do it for your lover. The video clip of the song was filmed in Tenerife and was released on Friday.
Spanish staging at Kyiv
The Spanish national broadcaster Televisión Española (TVE) revealed the name of the director who is going to take responsibility of the staging of Manel and his song at the Eurovision final on 13 May and he is no other than the Belgian Hans Pannecoucke.
It’s not the first time that he takes over such a role in Eurovision, as he was the director of the wonderful performance of the Dutch band The Common Linnets, that were runners-up in 2014 with their song Calm after the storm.
In addition, he directed the Dutch and Belgian performances in 2016, with Douwe Bob and Laura Tesoro respectively.
Below is the video of the Dutch participation in 2014 in Copenhagen:
In an interview, Manel Navarro said that they have already put their ideas together and something fabulous is going to be presented in May. About him, Hans Pannecoucke stated:
The most important thing for me is to translate the quality and talent of Manel into image. His song has to invite to fly, it has to be something direct and simple.
Here you can enjoy the official music video of the competing song:
Pannecoucke’s former jobs
For over three decades, Hans has been a director in cinema and television productions in lots of countries, such as Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States, Brazil and India and has directed music and entertaining shows for Belgian and Dutch television.
The jobs that he has undertaken doesn’t stop there. He has also been the director of the Tomorrowland Electronic Music Festival and the EDC Las Vegas Festival and it is impressive that he has collaborated with music stars such as Ellie Goulding, Coldplay, Rammstein, Hardwell and Above and Beyond.
Spain, as a member of the Big 5, has an automatic placement in the Grand Final of 13 May. The 2017 Eurovision Song Contest will take place on 9, 11 and 13 May at the IEC in Kyiv, Ukraine.