It’s been almost a month since Spain’s Objetivo Eurovisión. By now you’d expect the Eurodrama surrounding Manel Navarro’s victory to have settled. Alas, from the presumed peace and quiet comes yet another ruckus.
On Monday the Spanish representative at Eurovision 2017 gave an interview to the EFE news agency. In it he unequivocally denies having any form of relationship with the daughter of Toñi Prieto —RTVE’s Entertainment Director. “I have seen her twice in my life,” he says.
Prieto’s daughter works at Manel’s label Sony and conspiracy theorists have suggested that this may have played a part in Manel’s controversial victory at Objetivo Eurovision. But the artist has denied that she has (or indeed had) anything to do with his entry.
In the same interview, Toñi Prieto’s daughter — whose actual name has not come to light — claims that those accusations have been blown way out of proportion.
Manel is staying strong and has his eyes on Kyiv. “I didn’t win the way one would have wanted, but I never thought of withdrawing.”
Manel on Leklein’s claims: “90% of that interview is false”
In the interview, Manel also had a word for his competitor LeKlein, saying that an interview she recently gave to ABC.es was filled with lies and mistruths.
Several weeks ago the Eurocasting winner accused RTVE of rigging the jury vote to make Manel win. She claimed that she and Mirela were given “a limit of points” so that even if they won the televoting, Manel would still win overall.
During the interview, the “Ouch!” singer also alleged that Toñi met the jury during the voting period, and that she gave them instructions on how to vote, so that neither her nor Mirela had any chance.
The singer, who earned her place in Objetivo Eurovisión through the online wildcard segment, argues that there were interests in Manel’s victory: “He’s with Sony, where Toñi Prieto’s daughter works.”
Manel isn’t buying any of it. He said that “90% of that interview is false,” adding that “if TVE had wanted to pick an artist, there wouldn’t have been a selection show.”
LeKlein – “Ouch!” – live at Objetivo Eurovisión 2017
As for LeKlein, her fury over the Objetivo Eurovisión results hasn’t eased: “I’m outraged, and even more because people are accusing us of inventing this because we want free promotion.”
LeKlein actually wanted the selection to be redone. “Even [former Spanish Head of Delegation] Federico Llano resigned ‘for personal reasons'”, she said, suggesting something “really crooked.”
“Things weren’t done right,” she said.
What do you think of these interviews? Do you believe Manel? Or are you with LeKlein on this? Tell us in the comment section below!