Madrid, June 22, 2001 – The winners have now been announced for World Youth Day’s song contest Tuned into Madrid (original Spanish title: “Madrid me encanta”). The jury has selected five artists from Nepal, Colombia, France, Italy, and Spain respectively as the joint winners of this contest, in which a total of 270 candidates from over 25 countries submitted their songs.
The songs chosen are “We’ve been made one”, by Darryll Wilson of Nepal; “Elevando mi canción”, by the Colombian group “Youth Missionaries of the Holy Father”; “Alegría”, by the France-based Emmanuel Community; “Radicati in te” by Italians Andrea Daconte, Alessandro Grasso, and Antonio Minervini, and “Síguele” by “Order and Mandate of Saint Michael” of Spain.
The jury, formed by musicians Juanjo Melero and Augusto Algueró, as well as Javier Láinez and Ángel Matesanz, members of the WYD Local Organizing Committee, and Beatriz Lizárraga, Marketing Manager of “ABC” Newspaper, has additionally decided to award two honorable mentions to reward both the highest number of plays on the official website of the competition, as well as the best voice. Thus, British singer Cherrie Anderson has won the prize for most-visited item on madridmeencanta.org with 400,405 plays for “Faith in You” and the voice of Colombian singer Leonardo Jáuregui has been voted the best in the competition thanks to the song “Venimos”.
The Tuned into Madrid music competition has seen a tremendous response from artists and public alike since its launching in January. The initiative has rewarded the best freestyle songs inspired by the theme for WYD and interpreted both individually or as a group, in any language.
A total of 270 songs were submitted to the contest, although in the end only 139 met the requirements for participation. The 25 finalists, who competed to become one of the 5 winners, were chosen by the over 1 million people that visited the website each month.
Social networking has been a key instrument for singers from countries as diverse as Argentina, Australia, Barbados, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, United Arab Emirates, Spain, USA, France, Great Britain, Guatemala, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Nepal, Peru, Poland, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, South Africa, and Venezuela who have made their music heard and received the support of thousands of people who have made Tuned into Madrid a success worldwide.
An exciting prize
Each of the 5 winners will receive free registration for World Youth Day, which will be held August 16 to 21 in Madrid, as well as special seats in the guest area at the Prayer Vigil on August 20 in Cuatro Vientos, and the chance for their song to be played over the loudspeakers at WYD’s main events.