Spain had made a MySpace page inviting people to nominate their songs which resulted in more than 530 songs being uploaded. Ten songs made it to the Spanish national final for Eurovision 2008, Salvemos Eurovisión, held on 8th March:
1. Bizarre – Si pudiera
2. Innata – Me encanta bailar
3. Arkaitz – Un olé
4. Ell*as – 100×100
5. Lorena C – Piensa gay
6. D-Vine – I do you
7. Rodolfo Chikilicuatre – Baila el chiki chiki
8. Marzok Mangui – Caramelo
9. La Casa Azul – La revolución sexual
10. Coral – Todo está en tu mente
Spanish public was divided between those who loved Baila el chiki chiki and those who hated it but, eventually, 56,28% of votes decided that David Fernandez i.e. Rodolfo Chikilicuatre, will represent Spain in Belgrade.
“Baila el Chiki-chiki” (Dance the Chiki-chiki) is a reggaeton parody filled with jokes and political references.
There are a lot of controversies connected to such choice of Spain starting with the fact that Rodolfo is a creation of a private TV channel to his announcement made yesterday (11th March) that the political elements will be removed from the song in order to fit ESC. The public decided based on one song, he will sing something else.. ?!
In the original lyrics, he mentions the President of Spanish Government, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, a politician Mariano Rajoy Brey, a Belgian missionary Father Damien and even repeats “Por qué no te callas?” (Why don’t you shut up?) a line that Juan Carlos, king of Spain used on Hugo Chávez, President of Venezuela (also mentioned in the song) on a summit because he was interrupting Zapatero’s speech.