Former English UK language student represents Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest
22 May 2015

Did you know that the singer of Spain's entry to this year's Eurovision Song Contest studied  English at one of our member schools?

Spain's entry to this year's Eurovision Song Contest is Edurne García Almagro, a former student of the Language Centre, University of the Arts London.

Edurne rose to fame in 2005 when she took part in Spanish talent show Operación Triunfo and just a few years later, in 2009, she decided to study English at the Language Centre.

"I wanted to improve my English and be connected to the arts because I work in this world"

Edurne studied a tailor-made programme of English Plus Singing for three months, taking General English in the morning with a one-to-one singing lesson in the afternoon delivered by a Language Centre tutor.

"The experience was just three months but for me it was incredible because all the teachers were so good (…) I'm so happy that I chose this school, it's perfect" says Edurne.

Edurne, whose boyfriend is Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea, has recorded songs in English since studying at the Language Centre, but her entry in this year's Eurovision 'Amanacer, is performed in Spanish.

Edurne's former English and singing teacher, Gareth Eldridge said "Edurne was a joy to teach, I wish her every success at Eurovision, we will all be routing for her!" Watch this short video  of Edurne at the Language Centre.

The Eurovision Song Contest is an annual song competition held, primarily, among the member countries of the European Broadcasting Union. Each member country submits a song to be performed on live television and then casts votes for the other countries' songs to determine the most popular song in the competition. This year's UK's entry 'Still In Love With You' is by new pop duo Electro. Which country will you be supporting on Saturday Night?

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