2012: Pastora Soler - Quédate Conmigo

Pilar Sánchez, the real name of Pastora Soler, was born 34 years ago in Seville. She is one of the best female vocals on the Spanish music scene and is well-known for her copla and flamenco style music, but she also combines this with pop.

Her career started seventeen years ago and she has released ten albums. The first one, which was copla-inspired was released back in 1994. Since then she has been awarded several times with platinum and gold certifications for the sales of her music including the Best Copla Album at the Spanish Music Awards in 2010 for a live album that celebrates her 15 years of career. That album was also nominated for the 2011 Latin Grammy Award and her successful tours have taken her to Egypt, Latin America and the USA.

Her 2012 Eurovision Song Contest entry is composed by well known Swedish Eurovision songwriters Thomas G:son, Antonio Sánchez- Ohlsson and Erik Bernholm who are a classic of Spanish selections. Thomas G:son has participated in more than 50 national selections around Europe and been at the Eurovision Song Contest five times before for four countries: twice for Sweden (2001 and 2006) and once for Norway (2007), Denmark (2010) and Spain (2007). In 2012, he will experience the peculiar situation of having two of his songs competing in Baku. Besides Quédate Conmigo he has also written this year’s Swedish entry Euphoria.

Participant Profile

  • Year 2012
  • Song title Quédate Conmigo
  • Song writer(s) Thomas G:son, Antonio Sánchez-Ohlsson and Erik Bernholm
  • Language Spanish
  • Video

In the final

  • Starting position 19
  • Rank 10
  • Points 97
  • About the selection

    In late December it was internally decided by TVE that the well-known and established artist Pastora Soler would represent Spain at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest.

    In order to find the 2012 Spanish entry, Pastora chose two songs which were a ballad and a rhythmic song called Quédate Conmigo and Tu Vida Es Tu Vida written by Max Miona, Eleonora Giudizi and Juan María Montes (which is included on Pastora’s latest album). The third one was picked by the audience through the Internet voting on RTVE’s website and Ahora o Nunca, written by José Abraham, won this honour.

    The final of the Spanish selection process took place on Saturday March 3. The Sevillian singer performed the three songs and the final result was the sum of the votes from the jury and the audience. The three-member jury who had this important role in the election of the Spanish entry consisted of the singers and songwriters Franco de Vita and Sole Giménez and the musical producer Óscar Gómez who individually awarded the three possible entries with twelve, ten and eight points. Moreover, the song which achieved most votes from the audience by phone calls and text messages, received a total of thirty-six points, the second favourite got thirty points, and the least voted got twenty-four points.

    The results were as follow:
    Tu Vida Es Tu Vida: 56 points.
    -Quédate Conmigo: 72 points.
    Ahora o Nunca: 52 points.

    Quédate Conmigo was the winning song and it will be performed at the final of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest in Baku on the 26th of May.

  • About the song

    Quédate Conmigo is a deep pop ballad. It is a powerful song melodically and lyrically that starts quite slowly and keeps rising more and more ending in a crescendo, that allows Pastora to show all her vocal power. There is a lot of pain laid bare in the words and Pastora’s voice, but the ultimate message is that happiness is something well worth the pain and the fight.

  • Lyrics

    Perdón si no supe decir
    Que lo eras todo para mí
    Perdón por el dolor

    Perdona cada lágrima
    Yo sé que no merezco más
    Pero si no te tengo aquí
    No sé vivir

    Quédate Conmigo
    No te vayas

    Perdóname
    Si no supe amarte, amor
    No era mío el corazón
    Quédate Conmigo
    Quédate Conmigo
    Si no estás no sale el sol

    Ya no hay recuerdos del ayer
    Sólo las horas en tu piel
    Amándote

    Quédate Conmigo
    No te vayas

    Perdóname
    Si no supe amarte, amor
    No era mío el corazón
    Quédate Conmigo
    Quédate Conmigo
    Si no estás no sale el sol

    Y ahora que te veo marchar
    Sé que no te voy a olvidar...
  • Lyrics in English

    Forgive me for the unbroken silence
    For not realizing you were my all
    Forgive me if I hurt you

    Forgive me for every tear
    I brought into your eyes
    I’m not worthy of them
    But the one thing I know now
    Is that I can’t live
    Without you near me

    Stay with me
    Don’t go

    Please forgive me
    If I couldn’t love you the way you deserved
    My heart didn’t belong to me
    Stay with me
    Stay with me
    When shadows fall, I’ll raise the sun

    My memories are gone
    Except for those I have of you
    Touching your skin
    Loving you

    Stay with me
    Don’t go

    Please forgive me
    If I couldn’t love you the way you deserved
    My heart didn’t belong to me
    Stay with me
    Stay with me
    When shadows fall, I’ll raise the sun

    And now I see you walk away
    I beg you, stay for one more day