EUROVISION 2016 - STOCKHOLM - SWEDEN

 

SECHUK JURY 2016 - COMMENTS & SCORES FOR: SPAIN

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SAY YAY!

 

BAREI

SECHUK JURY

Rating

 227.5/320 (71.1%)

 

INTERNATIONAL JURY

SPAIN

INT

JURY TOTAL

107

 

Amar

Charismatic, modern, catchy, and so appealing! I love Barei, she fits this song so perfectly. She brings forth such contagious energy. The only issue in the live performance was the overall acoustics (but that has nothing to do with her). Excited to see what she does in Stockholm !

10

 

Benedek

Very different, fresh, international and good song from Spain. Totally unexpected from this country. Finally Spain is making a move forward and I LOVE IT. I think this song will end up in the top 10 and for the right reasons. The vocals are also very strong and the singer has charisma. In total for me this song is one of the best from this country.

10

 

Christos

Easy listening, modern presence and with English lyrics. Unfortunately Spain after losing the opportunity to win in 2012 will take many years to reach the top. The choice of the English language does not change the situation for Spain .... I mean a place around the 15th to the final scoreboard.

8

 

Daria

And Iím saying yeah-yeah-yay! Itís very unusual, that I love Spanish song from the very beginning. Amazing singer with very catchy tune, and itís high-voltage live on stage. Like for the new hashtag #sayYAY and English language (because itís the first time when Spanish song is completely in English). Guaaapa!

9.5

 

Douwe

Plenty of energy and charisma but care needs to be taken with the staging, as at times the performance verges on frantic and messy. Nice to see a tribute to Kurt Callejas's dance moves. This is up-tempo, with a soul vibe and a very contemporary production. For the first time Spain has a song entirely in English and it is also something new and different for them . A winner it isn't though and MarŪa Isabel, winner of the 2004 JESC might have been a safer option ...

7

 

Elena

...well, I liked the shoes. She has a good, strong voice but the song is seriously bad. Outdated and no melody and what's up with that dance? Big plus for effort though, she has loads of energy!

3

 

Frederico

Fans are clearly divided about this song. Many fans, particular the Spanish ones, as always, think this is awesome and is a winner. Others think this is not great. I am with the latter. The song is tedious and her live performance was very weak. It wonít do well at all.

3

 

Josť

I think Barei is such a talented singer, the song was the right choice, but I think the performance is all bad, she screams a lot in a song style that don't need yells, plus the show is extremelly simple (made me remember Germany 2015 and I'm sure Spain is not wanting to repeat the result of Germany in Wien), many job to do in the following months and may be they can have a very competitive entry

7

 

Mark L

Really disappointed in the Spanish entry this year. Boring, bland and slightly naff! I wonít be picking up my phone to vote for them in May

2.5

 

Melissa

This is an excellent entry! It's very dance-able, Barei's vocals are super strong and the chorus is catchy as hell! I'm definitely saying Yay! in Stockholm when this song climbs the leaderboard. Sounds a bit like a throwback to some Gloria Estevan, but just so much better. I really hope the audience lap this up!

9

 

Octavio

It's very different and strange choice for Spain . Barei is so charismatic and her energy is contagious. Good song - very catchy and radio-friendly. She has a nice voice and a pleasant stage presence, but now it is time to make the song more powerful. She needs a better performance and new backing singers for ESC.

8

 

Paul C

That's quite a change from what Spain got us used to. Having said that, I like the song, it's entertaining and fresh. She should work on those vocals a bit and let's hope for a nice staging in Stockholm . I hope it will do good in the final.

8

 

Pia

If I could give points for the voice it would be 10....but I donīt like the song at all. The melody ( ? ) is null points !

5

 

Roberto

I am a bit disappointed. It's the same old story about an "I've-listen-to-it-before" entry. It sounds like an imperfect 90's sounds revival, despite the good vocals. This is not the song you can expect from Spain , and it's not so innovative. If you love dancing and having fun, and only this, maybe you can overcome the whole poor scaffolding of it. Maybe Salvador Beltran could have been a better choice.

5

 

Roy

Spain became the first of the big 5 to select and even have a selection, but what a shock. This song does nothing for me and the title should have been SAY NAH instead of SAY YAH. I cannot see this doing well, although the singer is probably a big favourite among the Spanish public.

5

 

Samantha

Even though there's no Spanish language in "Say Yay", the song still has a vibe of sunny joy that still feels very Spanish to me. It's catchy and energetic, and I'll likely add it to my workout playlist.

7

 

UNITED KINGDOM JURY

SPAIN

UK

JURY TOTAL

120.5

 

Andrew C

Good pre-selection. No bad songs but one stood out. Was concerned that (Glorious) Victorious (Euphoria) from Xuso Jones may be the obvious public choice but the infectious energy of Barei won through with a self composed entry. Love the build with the piano in the chorus and then the brass just before the end.

9

 

Andrew G

Another one i like apart from the silly dance she dose, i think this could do really well, i can imagine this being popular in the live show withe the audience, it`s a catchy song and it`s good, i think Spain will do well with that, if not then i know nothing at all!

8

 

Daniel

Yes! Finally a big party banger from Spain ! I also love the fact that Barei won the Spanish ticket as an independent artist with little backing. The only think which worries me is that she'll sacrifice the vocal for an energetic performance

8

 

Danny

Tis is something different from Spain , and I like it! Itís a bit rough round the edges but itís catchy, modern and reminds me a little bit of Jess Glynne! Best of all, Barei has tons of stage presence! I think this could do not to badly for them!

8

 

David B

What's betting everyone calls her Barry or even Baz in Stockholm ? To me, this seemed like the obvious winner in a rather weak national final. Nice to see Spain enter something that isn't just a shouting machine (yes Ruth and Edurne - I'm looking at you!) I really like the punchy beat of this song but fear for it's chances.

7

 

David E

I really like the song a lot, and it has the potential do great things for Spain , but the live performance in the final was a hot mess!  If she can get past that then this modern, accessible dance track should see them back in the Top 10.  

8

 

Dean

A pretty decent entry from Spain . When I heard the original snippet I really liked it, but in the full version the chorus doesn't really set fire. Definitely going to be popular on Eurovision dance floors!

7

 

Eddie

Spain goes modern pop - it fab. Love the production and feel. I hope they work on the performance - she needs to be more focused rather than trying to whoop the crowd up. But I love it - glad to see them try something different.

8.5

 

Gary  

A fan favourite for sure (it was Beltran for me) and there is big potential for a good result here. I donít like this screeching or the boots or the foot shuffle moves, but there is time to pull together a slick presentation.

7.5

 

Joe

This is fun, and has a really catchy chorus. With the right staging this could give Spain their best result for many years. I say 'yay' to this!

7.5

 

Mark M

Not often Spain elects to sing in English and I think it works for them here.  The song is a bit messy and it has the potential to be sung terribly in May, but it's decent enough.  Some of the lyrics are really stupid.

5.5

 

Martin

Ditching the Spanish language may give Spain their best Eurovision result for years - Barei has a superbly catchy contemporary song here and she hits you right between the eyes with her sassy attitude, her sexiness and on-stage charisma.  I'm not so sure about the 'Kurt Calleja' dance though... 

8.5

 

Matt

Unfortunately this is another song that I find quite hard to listen to all the way through.  It has potential (the running theme so far) but I find her voice quite harsh and the song ends up being a bit of a 'noise-crash'.

5

 

Nico

I'm in a pickle about this. In fact it's a bit like a pickle to me. It's got bite and a good texture and the silkiness of Barei's  voice is the soft sweet centre of the song. But there's a sharp brininess to it I just can't see being popular enough to make it instantly appealing to your average ESC consumer. Pickles are often removed from burgers aren't they? I lament the lack of Spanish identity for ESC, but on the dance floor this is to my taste. I say Yay.

8

 

Sally-Ann

Spain may have won the Miss World crown, but will they be adding the Eurovision trophy to the country's mantelpiece?  It's actually not a bad song, a decent dance track, and if Barei can be persuaded to tone down the screeching, this could fetch a solid score for them. 

6

 

TristŠn

Wow, something really different from Spain . Barei was almost unknown before the Spanish national final and this is a real breath of fresh air, with no Spanish lyrics for the first time. If I'm honest, Electric Nana was my favourite, but this is a close second and the song is really catchy. Unfortunately, it does benefit from repeated listening, while most voters will not have that opportunity.

9