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🇪🇸 Blast from the past: Spain 1991

We know a lot about Eurovision and we want to share this knowledge with you! Therefore we’d like to bring you a blast from the past. Today: Sergio Dalma, who represented Spain in 1991. Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest Spain has been a participant since its debut in 1961. The country has won the competition twice. The country’s first victory came in 1968 with the song “La, la, la” sung by Massiel. The second win was in 1969 with the song “Vivo cantando” performed by Salomé. Interestingly, 1969 was a unique year because four countries (Spain, the UK, the Netherlands, and France) tied for the first place, and there was no rule in place to break the tie, so all four were declared winners.Over the years, Spain’s results have been mixed. While the country has had some top 10 finishes since its last win, there have also been many years when Spain finished in the lower half of the leaderboard. One of the greatest successes has been “Eres tu”, a worldwide hit by the group Mocedades in 1973. Six years later Spain was close to a victory with Betty Missiego‘s “Su canción”. In recent years, Spain did very well in 2022, when Chanel‘s “SloMo” reached a 3rd place. National selection While currently the show Benidorm Fest is the national final for the Eurovision Song Contest, in 1991 Spanish television had an internal selection. TVE chose “Bailar pegados” out of a number of songs. However, almost every year they failed to keep all the titles secret. According to the blog Pasaporte A Eurovision, at least two more songs were in the race: Yossek submitted a song titled “Almas perdidas” and the 1992 participant Serafin Subiri submitted “Polvo de estrellas“. Sergio Dalma Josep Sergi Capdevila Querol, professionally known as Sergio Dalma, was born on 28 September 1964 and is a top-selling Spanish artist. With nine chart-topping albums in Spain, he dominated Spain’s official Productores de Música de España national album chart, especially from 2008 to 2013. Dalma’s journey began when he secured a contract after winning the TV program “Gent d’aqui.” In 1989, his debut album “Esa Chica es Mía” went Platinum, popularizing him in Ibero-America. In 1991, representing Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest with “Bailar pegados,” he achieved fourth place and considerable fame in the U.S. and Ibero-America. Throughout his career, Dalma produced numerous hit singles and albums, like “Adivina” and “Via Dalma.” By 2013, Dalma’s “Cadore 33” became his fifth consecutive top album in Spain. He celebrated his 25-year career with a 2014 concert in Madrid, later releasing a CD/DVD of the event. Dalma’s albums, such as “Dalma [es]” in 2015 and “Via Dalma III” in 2017, continued to chart high. By 2019, after parting with Warner Music Group, he joined Sony Music’s Spanish division. Dalma, primarily performing in Spanish, has also sung in Catalan, Italian, English, and French. Photo: Ruben Ortega Bailar Pegados “Bailar Pegados” is best known internationally as the song that represented Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest 1991 held in Rome. Sergio Dalma performed the song and managed to achieve a commendable fourth place in the contest. The song was written by Julio Seijas and Luis Gómez Escolar. Seijas and Escolar are both well-known figures in the Spanish music industry, having written for several prominent artists.The lyrics of “Bailar Pegados” use the act of dancing closely (“pegados” means “close together” or “attached” in Spanish) as a metaphor for intimacy and the unique closeness between two people in love. The song speaks of the fear of dancing closely, akin to the vulnerabilities and fears in love, but also emphasizes the beauty and singularity of such a connection.

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Željko Joksimović

About Quick Facts NameŽeljko Joksimović Born20 April 1972 Nationality🇷🇸 Serbian National SelectionInternal selection 2012Evropesma 2004 In Eurovision2012 Baku2004 Istanbul SongNije Ljubav Stvar (2012)Lane Moje (2004) Biography Željko Joksimović, a multifaceted Serbian artist born on 20 April 1972, has worn many hats throughout his illustrious career. As a vocalist, composer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer, Joksimović is renowned for his incredible talent. His prowess with instruments is remarkable; he plays twelve distinct ones, including the accordion, piano, guitar, and drums. Additionally, his linguistic capabilities are notable, being fluent in multiple languages besides his native Serbian, including Greek, English, Russian, Polish, and French. Born in Belgrade and raised in the city of Valjevo, Željko Joksimović’s musical journey began early. By the age of 12, he had already made a significant mark, winning the First Accordion of Europe title at a prestigious music festival in Paris. His education included music studies at the University of Belgrade, leading him to kickstart his professional music career by 1997. Joksimović’s international recognition grew substantially after he won the Pjesma Mediterana festival in 1998 with “Pesma Sirena.” This victory opened doors to perform in Belarus, where he clinched the “Grand-Prix” award at two major festivals. His initial studio albums, like “Amajlija,” “Vreteno,” and “111,” not only defined him as a pop and folk artist but also showcased hit tracks that topped Serbian pop music charts. In 1999, he clinched the Grand Prix winner title of the International Festival of Arts Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk, Belarus. Eurovision has played a pivotal role in Joksimović’s career. He has penned five ballads for the contest, including popular numbers like “Lane moje,” “Lejla,” “Oro,” “Nije ljubav stvar,” and “Adio.” In the Eurovision Song Contest 2004, representing Serbia and Montenegro, he performed “Lane moje,” finishing a commendable second. He represented Serbia again in 2012 with “Nije ljubav stvar,” securing the third position. In 2008, Joksimović took on dual roles; not only did he compose “Oro” for Jelena TomaÅ¡ević, he also co-hosted the Eurovision Song Contest alongside Jovana Janković. He later contributed again to Eurovision in 2015, composing the song “Adio” for Montenegrin singer Knez. In 2021, Joksimović recorded the song “Ponoć”, from the movie Toma. The song was followed by a single “Ljubav je….”, in which Željko’s daughter Mina featured. His engagements weren’t just limited to performing and composing. Between 2013 and 2015, Joksimović showcased his expertise as a judge on X Factor Adria, the Western Balkan edition of the renowned talent show, The X Factor. His accomplishments span composing for films, television series, and theater shows, establishing his own MINACORD PRODUCTION in 2004, and releasing numerous successful albums. His concerts, such as the 2010 performance in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and those in Arena Zenica and Sava Centar, have drawn massive crowds, solidifying his place as a Balkan music legend. In January 2012, Joksimović took the significant step of marrying his co-host from the Eurovision 2008, Jovana Janković. With his diverse contributions to music, spanning multiple genres and formats, Željko Joksimović continues to be an influential figure in the Balkan music scene and beyond. Entries Nije Ljubav Stvar Country🇷🇸 Serbia Year2012 LanguageSerbian LyricsMarina TucakovićMiloÅ¡ Roganović MusicŽeljko Joksimović BackingsKsenija MiloÅ¡evićOlga VulovićDuÅ¡an AlagićMiloÅ¡ NikolićDragan Krstić Results Semi Points: 159Position: 2Running order: 1 Results Finals Points: 214Position: 3Running order: 24 Lane Moje (& Ad Hoc Orchestra) CountrySerbia and Montenegro Year2012 LanguageSerbian LyricsLeontina Vukamanović MusicŽeljko Joksimović Ad Hoc OrchestraTijana MiloÅ¡evićRastko AksentijevićMiloÅ¡ NikolićDragan KrstićBranko Popović Results Semi Points: 263Position: 1Running order: 20 Results Finals Points: 263Position: 2Running order: 5

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