What a night in Spain! The outcome of Spanish national final was a real thriller. There were six contestants in the Spanish final called “Objetivo Eurovision”. The show was broadcasted by TVE in a small studio in Madrid. A jury of three people Xavi Martinez, Javier Cárdenas and Virginia Díaz had a weighting of 50% of the outcome and 50% came from televoting of the Spanish viewers. If everything would have been correctly. There was a tie at the end with the same amount of points – this was a nightmare!
One of the great favourites LeKlein with “Ouch”, who already won the first round of the internet bids could neither convince the jury nor the televoters. She ended up on third place with 52 points. The other hopeful candidate Mirela with “Contigo” was the favourite of the televoters, but the jury was against her. With the jury points Mirela only came third. With the later added points from the televoting she came into a tie with the jury favourite Manel Navarro with “Do It For Your Lover”. Both Mirela and Manel had the same amount of 58 points. At the end a real drama faced the Spanish Final. The host of the show really seemed to be confused with this situation. What is to do, if there are two entries with the same amount of points? Is there a rule? How to determine the real winner? The juries has been asked again. And then they decided that Manel Navarro should be the winner. The audience in the TV studio did not like the winner and booed, which Manel answered back impolitely with crossing his arms.
Compared to other national finals like Estonia or Sweden, the Spanish show appeared like a cheap copy of a casting show. There was no glamour no style for such a great opportunity for a music country like Spain. For the international viewer the whole concept was made with very little enthusiasm and with the outcome and such a drama a really disappointing experience. In the ESC history so many great songs came from Spain and a lot shaped up very well. Where has the Spanish pride gone this year? The only highlights were guest stars Barei with “Say Yay” 2016, 22nd place in Stockholm, Karina with “En Un Mundo Nuevo” 1971, 2nd place in Dublin and David Civera with “Dile Que La Quiero” 2001, 6th place in Copenhagen.
It was quite obvious that Spain is not intending to win the ESC this year. The choice of the songs was not the best by far. The most questionable element was that the jury had the last word. The Spanish entry for the ESC is now “Do It For Your Lover” sung by Manel Navarro, is one of the most undeserved winners we had so far this year. The audience in the studio was not amused, hence the international viewers via internet. This is probably the worst choice Spain could have made. And it will be hard to receive a good place with an entry which not even liked by the own citizens. The organizers should take a look at Sweden or Estonia. The creativity and enthusiasm is completely different.
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About me: As one of the founders of eurovisionlive.com I am responsible for the interviews with the singers and the editorial content. My passion for the Eurovision Song Contest exists since my early childhood. The exotic music, different cultures and languages have given a lot of inspiration to me. Since my very first ESC in Dublin 1994 I particularly appreciate the get together and friendship of all the nationalities and Riverdance was a thrill!