Newcomer Jennifer for Andorra

by Richard West-Soley 91 views

The Andorran press today gave details of the third singer to represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest. According to reports, one lucky former waitress has been plucked from obscurity from 48 other candidates to fly the flag in Athens.

Although as yet unconfirmed by Andorran TV, newcomer Jennifer is reported to be the winner of the internal artist selection, which initially whittled the 48 down to just four likely performers. Her next milestone on the way to Athens will be the recording the Rafael Artesero composition in the studios over the coming weeks. Artesero was the man behind Marian van de Wal's 2005 entry for Andorra, La mirada interior.

OGAE Andorra had earlier published details of the hopefuls for 2006, explaining that, of the 48 candidate representatives, 23 were Andorran, 21 were Spanish nationals, one was French and four were from other countries entirely. Jennifer herself is Spanish-born, and will be presenting the entry in Catalan, pending confirmation by RTVA.

A special gala show is planned for the 8th March, when the song will be officially performed for the first time. It will carry the responsibility of breaking a run of poor luck for the country, still a relative newcomer to the contest; both of its first two entries failed to make it through the qualifier rounds in 2004 and 2005. Andorra's hopes of a very first international final participation will therefore be resting on this song on 18th May in Athens.

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Richard West-Soley

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Richard's ESC history began way back in 1992, when he discovered the contest could fuel his passion for music and languages. Since then, it's been there at every corner for him in some way or another. He joined the team back in 2006, and quickly developed a love for writing about the contest. In his other life, he heads the development team at the learning resources company Linguascope, and writes about all aspects of language learning on the site