SPAIN – It has only taken a matter of days for TVE and Barei to come to different conclusions with regards to the poor showing at Eurovision 2016. Whereas TVE stated that they were satisfied with the performance by Barei and questioned the voting system, Barei has been quick to give her version of events.
Speaking to a Spanish publication, Barei stated that contacting with organisers proved difficult, that there was no direct contact with the Swedish organiser and that everything was done via TVE , who’s head of delegation is Federico Llano. Barei is unhappy that the changes which she requested be made for the stage presentation did not happen but she is happy for the experience, although she is adamant that there needs to be direct contact with the organisers of the contest and not via third parties.
Interestingly, this is not the first Spanish participant who mentions similar chaos. Pastora Soler (2012) and Soraya (2009) also suggested that TVE had made things difficult and fail to comply the wishes of the participating artist. A former finalist, Ramón del Castillo (2004) added further fuel to the fire by stating that “artists fall into the trap without knowing what they’ll find. TVE has no intention of winning and will therefore not spend any money or treat the contest with any importance”.
Talking of the Spanish head of delegation, he added that there was no efforts made to gain an accreditation for family members. Since the TVE programme “Operación Triunfo” stopped providing the Eurovision finalist, Spain has been unable to achieve a Top 10 finish in consecutive years. Since the final last Saturday, there has been a social media campaign aimed at removing the Spanish head of delegation and the casting director. This campaign has already generated more than 3000 signatures.
TVE have held a meeting to analyse the performance at Eurovision 2016, where they obtained 22nd position with Barei, having previously managed 21st with Edurne. Apparently many within TVE are unhappy with the performance of late and feel that there needs to be a change of direction given that the view of the Contest is one of being old-fashioned, stale and in need of urgent reform. However, this is not a universal agreement and many within senior management appear to have no concerns.
There is a clamouring to listen to the Eurofans, many of whom have experience and knowledge of music and entertainment. Having followed the Contest for many years, their knowledge would be beneficial. Spain and TVE being one of the major contenders at the Contest and performing below the expectations of many fans and experts. This renewed optimism may be shortmeasured since most believe very little will change at TVE and that the same process will be followed for 2017.
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