Que me quiten lo bailao (2:58)

Cover of Cruzo los dedos

From Cruzo los dedos

Que me quiten lo bailao (literally May they take away from me what I’ve danced, a colloquialism that means They cannot take away from me the good things I’ve lived) is the Spanish entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 in Düsseldorf, Germany. It will be performed by Lucía Pérez. The song, written and composed by Rafael Artesero, was chosen to be the Spanish entry through the national final “Destino Eurovisión”, with 68% of the total votes by the audience.

The song was written and composed by Rafael Artesero, who had already penned the Andorran Eurovision entries of 2005 and 2006 (“La mirada interior” and “Sense tu” respectively), as well as several Spanish national final entries. The author had originally submitted the song to RTVE in English as “Weeping for Joy”, but the broadcaster asked him to translate it into Spanish. The composition was one of the three songs assigned to Lucía Pérez for the final of “Destino Eurovisión”. In the jury vote where she was left with “Que me quiten lo bailao” out of the three songs, she admitted it was not the song she preferred for not being the style she is used to performing.

After the song was chosen to compete at Eurovision, the song was recorded in studio with new arrangements with the help of Jose María “Chema” Purón, Lucía’s producer since 2002 and producer and composer of the Spanish Eurovision entries of 1995 and 2000.

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