Introducing 2010: Spain

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All songs for the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 have been selected. During the weeks between the national final season and the actual Eurovision Song Contest, we will introduce all 39 entries in random order. Part ten of the series is dedicated to the Spanish entry.

Basic information

Performer: Daniel Diges
Song: Algo pequeñito (Something tiny)
Language: Spanish
Music: Jesús Cañadilla, Luis Miguel de la Varga, Daniel Diges, Alberto Collado
Lyrics: Jesús Cañadilla, Luis Miguel de la Varga, Daniel Diges, Alberto Collado
Draw: 2nd in the final

The song

Algo pequeñito is a waltz featuring an arrangement that is typical for circus music or music heard on fairs. According to the official statement, the lyrics speak "on the passionate and desperate need for those everyday details, so important but sometimes forgotten … . Little things, even tiny things that are very important in order to maintain an eternal love":

Mi vida se derrumba, me partes el corazón
Trata pronto de cambiar
El tiempo se termina ahora de verdad

Algo pequeñito, oh oh oh ooooh
Algo chiquitito, oh oh oh ooooh
Cosas simples que ahora no me das
Que te pido con locura
Si no quieres terminar

My life is crashing, you are breaking my heart
Try to change soon
Time is really running out now

Something tiny, oh oh oh ooooh
Something small, oh oh oh ooooh
Simple things that you are not giving to me now
That I am asking of you like crazy
If you don't want it to stop now

The performer

Daniel Diges became famous as an actor when he starred in the teen series Nada es para siempre in 1999 and 2000. Previously, he had already appeared on stage in theater productions as well as in television commercials. Over the following years, he appeard in various shows including Ana y los siete and Aquí no hay quien viva. Between 2001 and 2003, he co-hosted the show Club Megatrix, which is a programme for children.

After an appearance in the comedy show Agitación + IVA, Daniel Diges withdraw from television to concentrate more on his career as a stage performer. After some roles as an actor, he started playing major roles in musical productions. In 2007, he played the main character Galileo in the Queen musical We will rock you. In 2008, he played the role of Troy in High School Musical and since last year, he has been playing the role of Sky in the Spanish version of the ABBA musical Mamma Mia!.

In 2010, Daniel Diges entered the Spanish national final for the Eurovision Song Contest. With the song Algo pequeñito, he finished fifth in the online qualification round and first in the televised final. A new version of the song has been released since replacing the digital background music with an orchetral arrangement.

The songwriters

The Spanish entry was primarly written by Eurovision Song Contest fan Jesús Cañadilla. Last year, he submitted the song Sumando puntos for the Spanish national selection. He sang the song himself under his stage name Bayarte. It is said that Luis Miguel de la Varga, Daniel Diges and Alberto Collado have also taken part in the writing process of the finalised version of the song.

The national selection

The Spanish national selection took place over two phases. In the online qualification round called ¡Tu país te necesita!, all songs that were submitted to the broadcaster and matched the rules were put online. The ten songs that got the most votes qualified for the national final, which was held under the title Eurovision 2010: Destino Oslo. Eventually, Daniel Diges was the winner being the favourite of both the televoters and the jury. The winner of the online voting had been Coral Segovia, who finished second in the national final.

Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest

Spain has entered the Eurovision Song Contest in 1961 and they have not missed a single edition since. Victories came in 1968 andon homeground in 1969. In other years, the results were mixed but Spain finished second four times and third once. The latest string of successful results came in the early 2000s with four top ten placings in a row (2001-2004).

¡Deseamos a España y a Daniel Diges mucha suerte y un buen resultado en Oslo!


Live performance in the national final:

The preview video:

Daniel Diges performing a song from High School Musical:

Tomorrow, we will take a look at the Polish entry.

Previous parts of this series:

  1. Ireland
  2. Belarus
  3. Albania
  4. Denmark
  5. Russia
  6. Bulgaria
  7. Switzerland
  8. FYR Macedonia
  9. Armenia

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