Manel Navarro

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Manel Navarro
Manel Navarro Kyiv 2017.jpg
Navarro in 2017
Background information
Birth nameManel Navarro Quesada
Born (1996-03-07) 7 March 1996 (age 23)
Sabadell, Catalonia, Spain
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years active2014–present
Labels

Manel Navarro Quesada (born 7 March 1996) is a Spanish singer and songwriter. He represented Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 with the song "Do It for Your Lover" and finished 26th in the final.

Career[edit]

2014–16: Early beginnings[edit]

Navarro first came to prominence in 2014, when he won the second edition of the regional contest for young singers, Catalunya Teen Star, with an acoustic cover of "Hold On, We're Going Home" by Drake. He also had a YouTube channel where he would publish acoustic covers of songs.[1][2] Following his victory, he was signed to record label TeenStarRecords, and released his debut single, "Brand New Day", on 4 December 2014.[3] Navarro served as the opening act at Sweet California's 2015 tour Wonder Tour.[4][5] In 2015, Navarro was signed to Sony Music Spain,[6] and on 24 June 2016, he released his first single with Sony, "Candle", which reached number two at Spotify's Viral 50 chart in Spain.[7]

2017–present: Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

In January 2017, Navarro's second single with Sony, "Do It for Your Lover", was released.[8] On 12 January 2017, Navarro was announced as one of the six candidates to represent Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 with "Do It for Your Lover".[9] On 11 February 2017, he was declared the winner of the national final amid much controversy, and thus represented Spain at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kiev, Ukraine.[10] In the national final, Navarro was awarded the first place in the jury panel's vote but came third in the popular vote. The controversy arose from the presence in the jury panel of Los 40 radio host Xavi Martínez, who had previously promoted Navarro on his radio program and via Twitter; Martínez awarded the minimum possible points to Navarro's most direct competitor and eventual public vote's favourite Mirela. Navarro and Mirela tied in number of points, and the jury panel selected Navarro as the winner in a tie-break voting round. Loud boos and accusations of rigging could be heard from the audience at the studio, to which Navarro responded with a bras d'honneur.[11] He would apologise for the gesture two days later during a TVE press conference.[12] At the Eurovision Song Contest final, he finished in last place: Navarro obtained no points from the professional juries and only five points from the public televote, all of which came from Portugal. He also made a voice crack during the act, which lead to thousands of memes calling him "gallo", word that in Spanish means both voice crack and rooster.[13][14]

On 2 June 2017, Navarro released the single "Keep On Falling".

On 27 April 2018, after signing to Universal, Navarro released the single "Voulez-vous danser?".[15][16]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak position Album
SPA
[17]
SWE
Heat

[18]
"Brand New Day" 2014 Non-album singles
"Candle" 2016
"Do It for Your Lover" 2017 75 16
"Keep On Falling"
"Voulez-vous danser?" 2018
"Roller Coaster Ride"[19]
(with JOWST and Maria Celin)
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bañón, Clàudia (22 January 2014). "'Gent de SBD'. Manel Navarro, guanyador del concurs Teen Star 2: "No vull que em comparin amb ningú"" (in Catalan). www.isabadell.cat. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  2. ^ "Manel Navarro, guanyador de Teen Star 2, fa 18 anys!" (in Catalan). Adolescents.cat. 7 March 2014. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  3. ^ ""Brand new day", el debut musical de Manel Navarro" (in Catalan). Corporación Catalana de Medios Audiovisuales. 21 January 2015. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  4. ^ "El Batel presenta la gira de Sweet California "Wonder Tour"". Redacción. Cartagenadiario.es. 12 November 2015. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  5. ^ Rodríguez Cofrade, Alba (2 December 2015). "Manel Navarro como telonero de Sweet California". YouTube. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  6. ^ Tejeda Rocha, Alejandro (6 December 2015). "El artista acaba de fichar por Sony Music y está respaldado por los responsables del éxito de Auryn o Sweet California". bekia.es. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  7. ^ "Nikone, Manel Navarro y Leiva Oficial, ocupando los tres primeros puestos de los temas más virales de España en Spotify". Sony Music Spain – Facebook. 29 June 2016. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  8. ^ "Manel Navarro ha debutado en la lista más importante del país con DO IT FOR YOUR LOVER (#38) y nos ha enviado este vídeo!". Los 40 – Facebook. 14 January 2017. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  9. ^ "Maika, Manel Navarro, Mario Jefferson, Mirela, Paula Rojo y LeKlein candidatos de 'Objetivo Eurovisión'" [Maika, Manel Navarro, Mario Jefferson, Mirela, Paula Rojo and LeKlein candidates of 'Objetivo Eurovisión']. rtve.es (in Spanish). Televisión Española. 12 January 2017. Retrieved 12 January 2017.
  10. ^ Escudero, Victor M. (11 February 2017). "Manel Navarro to represent Spain in Kyiv!". eurovision.tv. EBU.
  11. ^ "Manel Navarro logra el pase a Eurovisión con corte de mangas y "tongo" incluidos". ELMUNDO (in Spanish). Retrieved 2017-02-13.
  12. ^ "Así ha sido la vergonzosa rueda de prensa de Eurovisión: "Fue una gala perfectamente establecida"". FormulaTV (in Spanish). 13 February 2014. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  13. ^ El corte de manga de Manel Navarro, el representante de España en Eurovisión in La voz de Galicia
  14. ^ Manel Navarro, aplastado por la ola in El País.
  15. ^ "Manel Navarro se pasa a Universal y cuelga un adelanto de 'Voulez Vous Danser?'". odiomalley.com (in Spanish). odiomalley.com. 21 April 2018. Retrieved 31 May 2018. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  16. ^ Bardají, Jordi (27 April 2018). "Manel Navarro celebra el amor libre en el videoclip de 'Voulez-vous danser?'". jenesaispop.com (in Spanish). Jenesaispop. Retrieved 27 April 2018. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  17. ^ Hung, Steffen. "spanishcharts.com - Discography Manel Navarro". spanishcharts.com. Retrieved 11 May 2017.
  18. ^ "Swedish Heatseekers Chart - 19 May 2017". Retrieved 19 May 2017.
  19. ^ "Roller Coaster Ride - Single by JOWST, Manel Navarro & Maria Celin". iTunes. Retrieved 12 November 2018.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Barei
with "Say Yay!"
Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest
2017
Succeeded by
Amaia & Alfred
with "Tu canción"