With the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2023 fast approaching, Spain’s national broadcaster RTVE has revealed that Sandra Valero will represent the nation in Nice in November.
Sandra Valero – a confident performer
Sandra, aged 11 years old and from Valencia, is already well-accustomed to performing for big audiences. As a child, her family helped her into the music industry, with her father, uncle and grandparents all working in music. She first entered the music scene herself aged four. She also has a small Eurovision connection, being a devoted fan of Aitana – who finished in 2nd place in Spain’s selection show for 2018.
As well as this, Sandra has already released a number of her own songs, and has appeared on TV singing competitions. These include The Voice Kids and Idol Kids. Currently, Sandra is playing the role of Mowgli at a local production of ‘The Jungle Book’ in her hometown of Benetússer.
RTVE selected Sandra after she performed “Part of Your World” from The Little Mermaid. She was chosen following an intense internal selection process in which 114 applications were received. The in-house jury who unanimously selected Sandra was made up of RTVE officials and music professionals including Rayden, María Eizaguirre and Tony Sanchez.
As a result of this, Sandra will release her Junior Eurovision entry in due course. According to RTVE, the song is set to be recorded in September. The entry will then be released ahead of the submissions deadline of October 16th.
Spain’s Junior Eurovision journey
Spain has taken part in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest a total of 8 times. Their first participation coming in the first edition of the Contest in 2003. In the initial Contest, Spain was represented by Sergio singing “Desde el cielo”. At the close of voting Spain finished in second place, earning 125 points. Spain would win the next edition of the show with María Isabel’s “Antes Muerte Que Sencilla”, finishing with 171 points.
Spain’s most recent participation was in 2022, when Carlos Higes represented the nation with his song “Señorita” in Yerevan. At the close of voting, Spain finished 6th in a field of 16 participants. Spain earned 137 points – 78 of which came from the online vote. The remaining 59 points were awarded by professional juries across Europe.
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News Source: RTVE
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