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

Spain 2017: confirmation upon Federico Llano’s resignation for … personal reasons

SPAIN – It is now confirmed that Federico Llano will not be in Kyiv as head of the Spanish delegation. The information confirmed by himself in the portal Bluper. RTVE has not made an official statement but according to the information Mr Llano resigned for personal reasons. This is the aftermath of the controversy the results of the Spanish national final created leading RTVE to give explanations to the authorities and the parliament discussing the issue, damaging for good the image of ... | read the full story here

February 25, 2017 8:23 am // 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

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

Spain 2017: watch Manel’s performance in Ukrainian second semi final

Jamala meets the 2017 Spanish entrant Manel Navarro after his interval act in the second Ukrainian semi final – #eurovision #eurovisiongr #escpress #celebratediversity #oikotimes #avmag #melfest #umk2017 #impacthub #oev2017 #gay- join us for more on and A post shared by OIKOTIMES EUROVISION (@oikotimes) on Feb 18, 2017 at 2:28pm ... | read the full story here

February 18, 2017 11:31 pm // 0 Comments

Ukrainians keep making huge mistakes; they invited Manel Navarro in second semi final

UKRAINE – Ukrainians are very good into “pissing off” the fans this year. After the chaotic organisation for Eurovision 2017 now they will definitely make Spanish fans furious: they invited the current 2017 Spanish representative, Manel Navarro to perform in the second Ukrainian semi final this week. Really, I have to ask them all over there in Ukraine… do you have web access to read reactions and ... | read the full story here

February 16, 2017 1:12 pm // 1 Comment

Spain 2017: things are pretty nasty in Madrid, developments underway

SPAIN – The turmoil continues in Spain. Various developments the past few hours cream a sentiment of upcoming developments soon with some fans even believing that in the end RTVE and Manel Navarro will withdraw from representing Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest and Mirela could replace him in Kyiv as rightful public choice. Well it remains to be seen… In the meantime most top Spanish press are questioning RTVE’s organisation and results of the national final. ... | read the full story here

February 16, 2017 8:36 am // 0 Comments

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

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