SPAIN – Finally says what it was really meant to say. Toñi Prieto, head of the delegation for the Spanish national broadcaster bought honest realisation of how Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2020 was done.
No one doubts that extreme changes and adjustments needed to be applied for the event to take place under the pandemic crisis worldwide.
Watching the live broadcast of Junior Eurovision 2020 last Sunday raised lots of questions. First, about the live vocals of the participants, second, about the staging in various countries and third, about the way France voted in the end.
Toñi Prieto (and keep in mind that we were almost always critical to TVE and its policies in Eurovision and Junior Eurovision) is as of now one of the most honest personas in the world of Eurovision. She dared to say things as they are!
Toñi Prieto responded to the official EBU explanations regarding the validity of the live performances giving a totally different answer than that of the official organising company.
“The EBU is a big body, so Spain will not press them on this issue. We have to believe what they are telling us. Nobody from the EBU came to check if we [or any country] were doing it correctly. We just sent it to them, and they told us everything was correct and under the requirements. We have been told that the EBU will make stronger supervision if Eurovision 2021 replicates the same model. What we did is what the EBU dictated that we do. Everyone got the same criteria with regards to stage design and green rooms. Some countries did it, some countries did not. But that’s a problem for the EBU and they should say if something is not right. That is why we prefer to participate. The same conditions will, and should, apply.
Toñi Prieto: “Hemos hablado con la UER y desmienten que haya habido playback en las actuaciones de Eurovisión Junior 2020”
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One more serious issue emerged with the French voting giving nothing to Spain, especially as a country considered a top favourite by fans and polls. The French jury gave one point to Poland, two points to Belarus, three points to The Netherlands, four points to Kazakhstan and zero to Spain.
Toñi wouldn’t be drawn too deep on the matter, but did offer these rather loaded words: “You will not vote for your enemies, in my opinion.”
Well said Toñi