¡Ay, qué deseo!

"¡Ay, qué deseo!" (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈaj ke ðeˈseo]; "Oh, what a desire!") is a song recorded by Spanish singer Antonio Carbonell, written by Antonio, Josemi and Juan Carmona. It is best known as the Spanish entry at the Eurovision Song Contest 1996, held in Oslo.

"¡Ay, qué deseo!"
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Eurovision Song Contest 1996 entry
  • Antonio Carmona
  • Josemi Carmona
  • Juan Carmona
  • Antonio Carmona
  • Josemi Carmona
  • Juan Carmona
Eduardo Leiva
Finals performance
Final result
Final points
Entry chronology
◄ "Vuelve conmigo" (1995)
"Sin rencor" (1997) ►

Composed and written by Antonio Carmona, Josemi Carmona and Juan Carmona (members of flamenco-pop band Ketama), the song is a moderately up-tempo number. Carbonell sings about a woman who he wanted to find "footprints under your feet" and be bound with her hair. It mainly features the beach scenario, with "coral seas" and "echoes of paradise". He desires her footprints of caramel and honey.

The song was performed third on the night, following United Kingdom's Gina G with "Ooh Aah... Just a Little Bit" and preceding Portugal's Lúcia Moniz with "O meu coração não tem cor". At the close of voting, it had received 17 points, placing 20th in a field of 23, Spain's worst contest result since 1987; it garnered points from four countries: Cyprus (2 points), Malta (5 points), Croatia (4 points), and Greece (6 points).

It was succeeded as Spanish entry at the 1997 contest by Marcos Llunas with "Sin rencor".

External linksEdit


  • Diggiloo Thrush. "1996 Spanish". Retrieved 2007-03-26.
  • Kennedy O'Connor, John (2005). The Eurovision Song Contest: The Official History.