Las Ketchup to represent Spain!

Archive 27 Feb 2006
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Las Ketchup will represent Spain in the final of the 51st Eurovision Song Contest in Athens, Greece, on 20th May. TVE announced that moments ago. Their song is called Bloody Mary.

Las Ketchup are the last artists on the list of hopefuls to represent Spain and the most likely to win the ticket to Athens, according to the media.

The Andalusian sisters Pilar, Lola and Lucía from Cordova moved over 7 million copies of The ketchup song, which became a chart-topper in more than 20 countries including Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Wallonia, Flanders, Sweden, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States Billboard Hot Latin Tracks. Today's Las Ketchup are no longer a trio, having been joined by fourth sister Rocío.

Some weeks ago, TV website vertele.com and Madrid-based newspaper La razón assured that TVE had already selected Las Ketchup as this year's Spanish entrant for the Eurovision Song Contest. The rest of the media echoed this information and dashed to publish that the Muñoz sisters would represent Spain in Athens with the song Bloody Mary, written by Manuel Ruiz, aka Queco, the same producer of their smash hit The ketchup song and last year's Spanish entry Brujería. TVE initially denied the story as speculation, and followed this up with announcements made on the TV programme España directo and TV advertisements suggesting an internal selection involving not only Las Ketchup, but also David Civera, Chenoa and Azúcar Moreno.

The controversy hit the press today as Vale Music, Civera and Chenoa's label, denied the participation of its two artists in a press release. According to Vale Music, neither would have been able to be involved in a selection for the Eurovision Song Contest this year in any case, due to work commitments at home and abroad. You can read the press release (in Spanish) at this link.

Despite the confusion, Las Ketchup are certain to be a popular choice among Spaniards, and the group's fans abroad. Spanish viewers will be hoping that commercial success can translate into Eurovision Song Contest success this May.


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