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.
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.