MADRID, SPAIN – A few days ago the programme “El objetivo de Ana Pastor” was analising the transparency in the administration and departments of the Spanish government. A citizen sent a letter to a department asking how many official cars did the President of the government have. That same letter was sent to the United Kingdom.
The reply was immediate from the United Kingdom who replied that two. While in Spain, they simply replied that they were unable to provide that information. As a citizen, Juanma Lopez from Olevisión, argues that he can not allow himself to know who makes the decisions about things that interest him.
The reply given, even suggests that citizens are stupid. Do they believe that he is a terrorist? His conclusion is that the country is a joke. That unlike Sweden, who have a transparency law (1766) there is nothing in Spain and even if there was it would mean nothing.
So how is this viewpoint relevant to Eurovision? Well, TVE have always chosen who will be representing the country at the festival, supported by a record company of choice. It seems that with Eurovision, TVE maintains a steady silence, never mentioning who will be the representative and if a singer still has a music career, then today they are likely to refuse to go.
Examples being Carlos Baute, while Chenoa has shown an interest but dislikes the political choice behind selection. So, who is in charge of selecting the chosen artist? Why is it unknown? Is it Carlos Mochales or Federico Llano from TVE?
The answer is unknown and TVE are unlikely to share such information even if it would be good to know who was responsible for the country scoring 8 points at this years festival. Do they have a musical background or not? If TVE was a private business, then many would have been fired by now.
A possible solution, according to Juanma Lopez is a system comprising of 8 people who know Eurovision well and are inmersed in the music industry. Included should be a Eurofan, not obsessive followers, just those with some specialist knowledge.
A music producer, a record executive, a composer, a writer, people like that are not hard to find and its important to reach the heights of pre-2008 when Eurovision in Spain reached its bottom line. The chosen panel would have to watch many Eurovision Contests, analise what makes a winning song and offering singers a chance for success and not the option of failure…
Further communication could be maintained through mobile communications and ideas generated instantly. In summary its all about the elements of any successful project. Work, passion, responsibility, organisation, inovation, surrounding yourself with talent and above all responsibility.