SPAIN – Does it feels weird now that Netta looses odd outright to win Eurovision that Salvador Sobral and today, Spains’ stage director Tinet Rubira, attack the Israeli entry? Are they simply showing their empathy or are they trying to boost the Israeli entry by creating more sympathy for Israel? The Spanish drama by stage director Tinet Rubira kicked off during an intteriveew with RAC1.
In a time that the participation of Amaia and Alfred receive huge criticism in Spain, stage director Tinet Rubira seems to agree with Sobral’s latest statements on Netta’s song.
“Fifteen days have passed until someone said it out loud. You see Israel’s song and is a chubby lady, with two buns on her head and doing the chicken – even quite much. The first day it warmed many Eurofans and they’ve assigned her the diva and winner status.”
Regarding France he says he is not connected to the song. Regarding Cyprus he seems to kinda like it saying that Eleni is this year’s Beyoncé.
He also lashes the Eurofan comments against the stage presentation of Spain. It is no secret that Spanish Eurofans strongly believe that RTVE doesn’t want to win the Eurovision Song Contest, Tinet responds by saying: “I accept all criticism and I don’t answer if I’m criticised. Obviously, if someone mentions me it is because they want me to answer them, and I always do it with education. I have the responsibility to set common sense and an example. On Twitter I don’t bother.”
Spanish fans demand better staging performances and comment (negatively) the lights, the fireworks and the camera work. It is a usual reactions though by the Spanish fans who react negatively or positively to every single camera shot every year and somehow they consider themselves extremely experts on what is happening on stage during their country’s rehearsal.
With the final costumes revelation the fans were not satisfied once again and guess what some of them truly believe Spain can win Eurovision 2018!
LISBON – Spanish duo Alfred and Amaia have been promoting their candidacy to win Eurovision by visiting a local school in Portugal. They have also discussed their preparation for Saturday’s final, including the costumes, which Amaia said for her part will be a black dress, with some individual touches, as she feels it looks best on screen. Alfred will wear a suit as has been the case since the selection process took place. In terms of their performance, they are both confident, feeling that the magic of their performance as a duo comes across well and that the public should be able to feel that when the song is performed on the Lisbon stage.
SPAIN – Traditional and romantic change for Alfred and Amaia. New outfits for Alfred & Amaia today – Alfred now wears a black suit and Amaia is in a classic long and wide black dress. The vocal performance is adequate for make the Spanish nation prod of their sweetheart couple. It is no secret that in Spain they are loving those two not because of their sinning but because of their relationship which seems to be real enough and not just to take votes. Appealing or not, no matter how this ends up in the scoreboard, Spanish entry has managed to unite the turmoiled nation which needs something to grab on. Singing in Lisbon with hundreds of Spanish fans attending thee contest this year, this one will be cheered highly during the Grand Final.
ESCKAZ.COM: Vocally it sounds very good and being the Portuguese neighbours there will probably be quite many Spanish fans in the audience to give them extra support. Still find it hard to guess where this will end up as it could be too sugary as well.
ESCXTRA.COM: As always, Amaia and Alfred’s vocals are both perfect. There’s nothing more than can be said.
EUROVOIX.COM: Spain are having issues with one shot where the steadycam operator keeps getting seen running off stage. Another solid performance from Spain, this looks like a left hand side finish and their best result since 2014.
SPAIN – Jose María Iñigo who presented many Eurovision shows for TVE, including being a judge in National Spanish finals has passed away at the age of 75. Iñigo was recognised with several national television prices for his performance as a main television figure and had been an ever present at National finals from 2011 to 2017, being the voice for TVE at each of the Eurovision festivals. Having been a main TVE presenter throughout the 1970s, his face is one familiar to all Spanish people but he held a special relationship with Eurovision for all those who would watch the contest via TVE each year.
SPAIN – Acts from 21 of this year’s participating countries performed at the ESPreParty, held this Saturday, 21st of April, in Spain’s capital Madrid. Spanish duo Amaia y Alfred hosted to their competitors at the event, which was presented by Soraya Arnelas, the singer who represented Spain at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2009.
It is the second time Madrid hosts a preparty to the Eurovision Song Contest organised by fan site Eurovision-Spain.com. Broadcaster RTVE aired the ESPreParty live starting at 22:00 CEST from La Riviera of Madrid. The concert was also available at RTVE.es/Eurovision.
Just days after a highly successful 10th edition of Eurovision in Concert, which traditionally took place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, artists across Europe are repacking their suitcases for their next gig. Participating acts included Eugent Bushpepa (Albania), Michael Schulte (Germany), Sevak Khanagyan (Armenia), Sennek (Belgium), Alekseev (Belarus), Mikolas Josef (Czech Republic), Lea Sirk (Slovenia), Madame Monsieur (France), Ryan O’Saughnessy (Ireland), Laura Rizzotto (Latvia), DoReDos (Moldova), SuRie (United Kingdom), Eye Cue (F.Y.R. Macedonia), Jessika & Jenifer Brening (San Marino), ZiBBZ (Switzerland) and Cláudia Pascoal from the host country, Portugal.
SPAIN – As Amaia Romero celebrates her success at winning the latest edition of Operación Triunfo (Fame Academy), all eyes are now set on her appearance at Eurovision 2018 with Alfred Garcia.
Both Amaia and Alfred will represent Spain at Eurovision in Lisbon with the song “Tu canción” but last night it was Amaia on her own, who won the latest contest of Operación Triunfo, beating Aitana Ocaña and Miriam Rodríguez to the title and 100,000 Euro prize.
Alfred came fourth, on a night where has has admitted to have been very nervous, something which will need to be worked on in view of Lisbon and the duet which Spain and TVE hope will enamour the Eurovision fans and public alike.
Amaia took to the stage with “Miedo” by MClan obtaining 46% of the vote in contrast to the 42% obtained by Aitana, in a very tight final.
The victory has been well received by Spanish media who appear to agree that the best voice achieved victory. It should be noted that Amaia is not new to the music world, as some of her family members have been part of various groups and she, herself was a child performer on various television networks.
There was a star appearance by David Bisbal, who sang acapella however his appearance was slightly interrupted by sound problems on stage, an issue which has previously appeared on national finals.