Articles by Jaime Solloso

Andrey Danilko is unhappy over the Ukrainian decision, claims Russian press

UKRAINE – In talks with a Russian newspaper, Andrey Danilko, best known to Eurofans as Verka Sarduchka, commented about the situation surrounding Julia Samoilova just before the singer was forbidden from entering Ukraine to take part in Eurovision 2017. Andrey is unhappy over the decision, claiming that the singer poses no security risk for the country. “Politicians should see this as an act of human tolerance and decency…she did enter the country without the official ... | read the full story here

March 23, 2017 7:28 pm // 0 Comments

Portugal 2017: Salvador Sobral will not be seen until Kyiv but health is not the issue

PORTUGAL – Confusion created after Portuguese tabloid reported a heart problem for the 2017 Portuguese representative. The rumour is now officially denied by Ana Paulo, Salvador’s manager saying: “I have nothing more to say about that. He is recovering well from hernia surgery. Eurovision is not at risk and neither is Salvador’s career. Almost every single concert is sold out.” There was a small surgical problem when Salvador participated in the national final with RTP ... | read the full story here

March 16, 2017 12:29 am // 0 Comments

Operación triunfo returns to TVE

SPAIN – TVE has decided to bring back the programme which was the focal point of it’s Eurovision selection process for several years, Operación Triunfo (Fame Academy). The programme which TVE gave up on in 2004 after running for 3 successful years is returning to TVE screens. The programme was shown on rival channel, Telecinco from 2005 until 2011 with mediocre audiences but it has now been confirmed as returning to TVE. The producers of the programme, Josep María Mainat and Toni ... | read the full story here

March 16, 2017 12:25 am // 0 Comments

RTVE respond to National Final complaints

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 ... | read the full story here

February 27, 2017 12:07 pm // 0 Comments

Regional press claim Federico Llano resigned

SPAIN – According to sources, the impending investigation by the Auditory Commission may have led to the Subdirector of Coproductions and festivals at TVE, Federico Llano to resign. The reason given appears to be personal reasons but with TVE expected to release a statement regarding the National Final and the closeness of the chosen representative, Manel Navarro, with two of the jury members, it is very close timing if this has actually happened. TVE have yet to officially confirm ... | read the full story here

February 25, 2017 2:50 am // 0 Comments

Romania 2017: will Lora be fined if not show up in the semi final?

ROMANIA – The Romanian national final has caused concern due to the decision of Lora to quit the selection process, a move that could lead to a 100,000 Euro fine. Lora took the decision to quit the national selection process just after the auditions, a decision based on her disagreements with the Romanian organisers, even though her song “I Know” was considered one of the favourites to be selected for Kiev. Even with Lora quitting, TVR selected her to take part in the ... | read the full story here

February 23, 2017 12:30 am // 0 Comments

Spain 2017: Toñi Prieto to give explanations to the authorities while Manel films his clip in Tenerife

SPAIN – The situation involving TVE continues to drag on as Manel Navarro films the official video for his song in Tenerife and Toñi Prieto, head of entertainment for the channel, is now being questioned by the auditory committee on events surrounding the Spanish National Final, where Manel Navarro was selected to represent the country in Kiev. Spanish law with the introduction of the transparency law, requires all actions undertaken by a public body to be scrutinised if there are ... | read the full story here

February 22, 2017 11:44 pm // 0 Comments

France 2017: Amir has three advises for Alma

FRANCE – Amir has generously given some winning advice to the young and talented Alma. Alma isn’t a novelty, she was the opening act for Amir during his tour. The two artists are so close that they spent New Years Eve together with friends. Amir didn’t hide his joy when he knew that just like he did previously, Alma will represent France at Eurovision this year. During an interview for Télé 7 jours, the singer gave his point of view on his little protégée who is following him and ... | read the full story here

February 16, 2017 6:23 pm // 1 Comment

Spain 2017: parliamentarian makes motion to annul national final result

SPAIN – The Spanish national final continues to make waves with talk of a possible court case against TVE for a dubious selection process but the latest news involves a Spanish parliamentarian belonging to the PSOE party placing a motion to debate events around the selection process in parliament. The motion was presented under a judicial statement and looks to answer questions around, not only the selection of Manel Navarro representing Spain at Eurovision 2017 but how TVE undertook the ... | read the full story here

February 13, 2017 9:40 pm // 0 Comments

Eurovision 2017: Ukrainian organisation just failed; No OGAE Fan packs this year. Congratulations!

UKRAINE – For the first time in many years OGAE is unable to provide tickets to members for the annual event. Tickets will go on sale tomorrow, February 14th. The sale will be online and take place from 19:15 CET but this year, there will be no tickets for OGAE members. OGAEhave confirmed that due to limited capacity at the euroclub venue and lack of resources, the organisation is unable to provide anyone but accredited press and members of delegation with access. They are disappointed to ... | read the full story here

February 13, 2017 9:37 pm // 1 Comment