SPAIN – TVE have sent out an oficial reply to the mounting criticism regarding the National Final and the selection process undertaken.
Via its secondary channel, La 2, TVE have stated that the selection process has complied with EBU rules and that the majority of Eurovision fans are happy with the chosen act of Manel Navarro, which appears to contradict the recent news stories being circulated.
TVE have also stated that every contestant vying for a place in Kiev, 405 in total, are all in complete agreement with the selection process followed and the decisions taken.
However, some contestants have shown their unhappiness and have gone as far as to seek advice, in regards to contesting the process followed.
Concerning the jury, TVE have defended the decision taken, saying that all jury members stuck by their original decision and the vote was a “quality vote”, which came about after a public vote which this year accounted for 50%.
Ultimately TVE are deciding to continue with their initial process and are drawing a line with regards to the complaints and questions raised about the choosing of Manel Navarro as th Spanish representative in Kiev.
As a side note, this statement by TVE com’s after the resignation of the head of Eurovision delegation for TVE, Federico Llano, who cited “personal reasons” for doing so, with a further investigation by the Auditory Commission underway.