Articles by Jaime Solloso

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

Spain 2017: low TV rates and Mirela’s manager unhappy

SPAIN – After a national final surrounded by controversy and questionable results, the audience results for the televised show do not make for great reading. Given that the National Final was shown on prime time on the main national station, La 1, the audience share is disappointing. According to TVE themselves, 1.449.000 people tuned into the national final, a number only better than in 2009, when 799.000 people watched that final, the lowest figure to date in the last decade. In fact ... | read the full story here

February 13, 2017 12:41 am // 0 Comments

Spain 2017: jury member attacked during final show

SPAIN – The judge at the centre of the scandal which encompassed the Spanish national final was physically attacked by an audience member during the live show. It has transpired that during the final, the judge in question, Xabi Martínez, who gave 12 points to the winning artist, Manel Navarro, was not only insulted but also physically assaulted at the end of the show. Constant backlash from the audience has been replicated online, where the public have made clear their disgust at what ... | read the full story here

February 12, 2017 10:43 am // 1 Comment

Spain 2017: will Manel and RTVE apologise for the unacceptable snook to the fans?

¿Ha hecho Manel un corte de mangas a sus críticos durante la polémica? #ObjetivoEurovisión — FormulaTV (@FormulaTV) February 11, 2017 SPAIN The Spanish selection candidate, Manel Navarro, appears to have been displeased by the overwhelming dislike to results during the live Spanish selection show and proceeded to insult the public present with a hideous snook. A video has surfaced showing him using an underarm sign which in Spanish is ... | read the full story here

February 12, 2017 1:01 am // 0 Comments