Paula Rojo: “This is me, a Spanish weirdo”

Paula Rojo is a first time entrant in the Spanish national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, and she is trying to represent her home country in Kiev this coming May with the song “Lo que nunca fue” (Eng. What It Never Was).

We spoke to Paula Rojo ahead of tomorrow’s final, and we asked her about her song, her preparations, as well as her personal favorites in this show. Check out all of that, and more, in this interview right here:

Hello paula! First of all, thank you for taking time to speak to us. How do you feel being in the Final of Objetivo Eurovision?

Hi! I’m a bit nervous, to be honest, but I’m enjoying this journey like a 3-year-old. It’s a great honour to be a part of this. I feel so grateful to RTVE and to the audience.

Can you tell us more about your song “Lo que nunca fue”?

It’s a country-pop song that carries a message, a story, just like every song I write. In this case, I’m talking about a friendship that could have been something more but finally wasn’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.

Have you ever thought about Eurovision before TVE ‘knocked on your door’?

I had always pictured myself on that stage since I was a little girl, but I hadn’t felt it was the moment to give it a try… Until this year. This year felt different, and I thought we had something special to offer to the Spanish pre-selection.

Paula Rojo 2Country music is not that popular in Spain. What made you go for it with this music style?

I didn’t think about what Spanish people like listening to because I’ve always been sure that, if I got the opportunity to be a part of this pre-selection, I would do it my way, like I always have. This is me: a Spanish weirdo that loves country music and writing songs about life.

According to the lyrics of your song, you are waiting for someone to call you. Who is that someone?

I think everybody has had feelings for a friend sometime but we are afraid to show it and to give it a go, so we shut up and after a certain time we just can’t help but wonder what would have happened if…  So we live life in a nostalgic way, wishing you had another chance to do things the right way. I’m not waiting for that call anymore because I moved on. But, although this is a love song, we can relate this message to anything we go through in life. There’s always fear, disappointment, trying, regretting, nostalgic, retrying, hope…

Which of the other five participating songs do you like the most?

I like all of them for different reasons! Maika has the strength, LeKlein has a very nice and current melody, Manel sounds like summer on the beach for me (which is always great), Mario is fresh and charming and Mirela is “dance as if no one were watching”.

What’s next for you after Objetivo Eurovision?

I’m already recording my third album, which will be the most special one. I can’t wait to share my new stories with you guys! 🙂 If everything goes as planned, it will come out in spring, this year 🙂 

For the end of this interview, is there anything you would like to say to all the Eurovision fans all over the world?

I want to thank them for being interested in getting to know me better. Hope we’ll all make the Eurofans proud. Thank you very much for your time, and see you online, whatever happens… Hugs from Spain!

Thank you very much Paula, and we wish you the best of luck in Objetivo Eurovision!

If Paula Rojo is your personal favorite in this year’s Objetivo Eurovision, make sure you cast your vote for her in our poll right here:

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Listen to Paula Rojo’s “Lo que nunca fue” here:

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