Junior Eurovision 2020: Spain’s Soleá in focus

At age 9, Soleá will represent Spain at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Her song invites the audience to move on in spite of the current difficult circumstances. Will this urban pop song give Spain their second victory at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest?

Soleá Fernandez Moreno was born in Sevilla. She was internally selected to represent her country at the 2020 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Soleá comes from a flamenco family and as such, she loves this Spanish genre. However, she also enjoys modern pop songs. This is the case of Palante which combines urban pop sounds with a traditional flamenco and ethnic elements.

Solea’s favourite word from her song is Palante which translates move on. According to her, Palante is an attitude of going through life, never giving up.

Soleá is a fan of Stevie Wonder and Christina Aguilera. However, Melani (Junior Eurovision 2019) and Aitana (Spanish Eurovision national selection 2019) are also found in her playlist.

Palante – opinions from fans

In order to find out what Eurovision fans think of this Spanish Junior Eurovision entry, we asked our Eurovision Fan Panel. It includes team members as well as fans from all over the world.

🇬🇧 Michael O. – Not sure what I think of this entry. Soleá is certainly singing a song, suitable for her age but it’s a bit repetitive and basic all the way through. Fine when it’s on, but not one I’d go out of my way to play.

🇳🇱 🇩🇰 Wouter V. – This totally matches what I would expect from a Spanish Junior Eurovision song. Or a Spanish Eurovision song. Or any Spanish song for that matter. Even though it doesn’t really bring anything new to the stage, I quite enjoy it. And Palante is easy enough to sing along and dance to. My only worry is that it has too much of a summer vibe for the mid-November broadcast.

🇨🇴 🇫🇮 Álvaro S. – It seems to me that after Spain decided to come back to the Junior Eurovision it has taken the contest very seriously. The song is catchy although a little bit repetitive. I think it can get a good result.

🇷🇸 Milosav T. – There are many things to like about this cute Spanish song. The singer is adorable, it’s sung in a native language and it’s quite contemporary. The video is also quite good. I can see this in the top 5 this year. However, it sounds too much like a rip-off of Mi Gente, so it doesn’t score too many points for originality. B- in my opinion.

🇬🇧 Mhairi O. – I imagine Spain will do quite well with this. It’s catchy and a very good attempt for Spain. I wish they would send more like to the ESC.

🇨🇿 Josef S. – Since Spain is back in JESC, they are leading and following trends for sure. Last year they got opera, now they have a modern pop song which reminds me a lot songs by Mikolas Josef, so it’s a good choice. In my opinion, this is the most up-to-date song out of this years 12 contestants. Definitely has a place in my TOP 5 and will fight for the victory. Bravo, Spain!

🇩🇰 Charlotte J. – I hate myself for noticing it, but it’s really a shame that her nose looks so weird when she smiles. She’s such a cute girl otherwise, and it shouldn’t matter, but I keep focusing on it… Maybe it’s also because the song isn’t my cup of tea. It’s too Spanish. I like though that it sounds Junior-Eurovision-like and not like they have taken a 9 year old girl and put her to sing an adult song. With many other countries doing that, I will definitely applaud Spain for not doing that.

🇪🇸 Quique: Well, that’s a modern song, very actual. I don’t like it, probably just for this reason but maybe the audience will think the opposite to me, so… Who knows, perhaps it’s a good entry. At least one can remember it after hearing.

In the video below, you can listen to Soleá’s entry Palante. Below the video you can read more about Spain at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

Spain at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest

Spain participated at the first Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2003. One year later Spain won the contest for the first, and only time at the moment.

Since their very first participation Spain has always been in the top 5 with one victory and two second places. However, Spain took a long hiatus from the Junior Eurovision Song Contest after 2006. In 2019, Spain returned to the contest with Melani García representing them. That resulted in a third place.

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