Can you introduce yourself for our readers?
My name is Paula Rojo. I come from Asturias (north of Spain) and I’m a singer-songwriter. I’m 26 years old and I currently live in Madrid.
What is the message behind your song?
There’s always a message behind my songs. In this case, I’m talking about a friendship that could have been something more but finally didn’t, because of the fear we feel when we’re about to take that important step. That’s why it all turns out to be “what it never was”, which is the title of the song.
What does music mean to you?
Music is my passion. I communicate through it; I breathe it every morning when I wake up. It’s what keeps me company whenever I’m sad, happy, in the shower… I would say that, for me, music is like oxygen.
Why should a Eurofan vote for you to represent Spain at Eurovision?
I’m just trying to show who I am, not only as an artist but also as a person. I wouldn’t want people to vote for me if I wasn’t true to myself, true to what I love and what I do. I am totally aware of the fact that our song is not the Eurovision kind, but maybe that’s the good thing about it. It’s something different, something that Spain has not presented before in the ESC.
In recent history Spain have not been very successful at Eurovision. Why do you think this is?
I have no idea! I think we did a pretty good job in several occasions but still didn’t get to the top 10. This is the thing about ESC: you never know what it’s going to work, actually.
Do you consider yourself a Eurovision fan and what is your first memory?
Yes, I do! I’ve watched it with my family every year since I was like 10! But my first clear memory is 2001, when David Civera sang “Dile que la quiero”. I remember being with my parents in a bar, near my house. Asking the barman to turn on the TV so we could watch it. Everybody joined us around and really had a great time with the show.
This year TVE have decided to do things differently, what are your feelings regarding the changes?
It’s fine by me. Whatever it is they want to change I think it is not for me to discuss. I’m just glad they want me to be a part of this process. I feel very grateful and I just want to do my best.
The world is currently facing challenges of division. What message would you send to reassure people?
I think we all need each other. That’s the way it goes for me. We always need to find something that unites us, not set us apart. And that’s what the Eurovision Song Contest is about. Getting people from other countries together throughout something so beautiful worldwide like music. As long as there’s something beautiful to share, there will always be hope.
Do you have a favourite Eurovision song and what is it?
Yes! Lots! But the ones that come straight to my mind are “Calm after the Storm” (The Common Linnets, Holland 2014), “7th Wonder” (Ira Losco, Malta 2002) and “Runaway” (Sahlene, Estonia 2002).
Can you tell us about what your stage performance would be should you be selected for Kiev?
I haven’t talked about it with my team yet but I think we’ll all agree on something charming but casual at the same time. We want something original but yet ordinary. For example, I like the idea of a bar, a very intimate place but also opened to the public. The song talks about a bar where two people used to go when they were friends and it so happens that my first clear memory of the ESC is in a bar! Anyway, it’s still very soon to talk about it, but my head is already spinning and creating ideas (probably some of them make sense only in my mind, I know, haha).