Spain’s Edurne played the part of a Hellenic warrior at Eurovision 2015, but sadly the night turned into a Greek tragedy: One of our favourites finished a disappointing 21st in the grand final. Spain’s odd-year curse lives on: In 2011, 2013 and 2015 Spain placed 23rd, 25th place and 21st place, while in 2010, 2012 and 2014 it came 15th, 10th and 10th. A strong fan favourite, Edurne’s was expensive in every sense of the word! The Spanish delegation pushed the boat out on ‘Amanecer’, and the result was a huge disappointment.
The dance section through the breakdown with Giuseppe was perfection and homegirl hit the big note big time. Choice camera angles and a few notes may have missed the mark, but the overall performance was stunning. Our hearts broke for our beloved Spanish diva.
Could RTVE have spent its money better?
RTVE spared no expense this year. It was reported earlier this week that the Spanish broadcaster had already paid 291,000 euros to the EBU and the total amount is expected to be much higher. Without flights and hotels in January participation was forecast to cost 356,000 euros. Edurne’s dresses, designed by José Fuentes, cost over 50,000 euros!
Perhaps the missing piece of the puzzle was international promotion. Rather than sending Edurne on tour, RTVE booked the Tigress on shows with poor sound quality in Spain. A bit of promo would have helped the ‘Amanecer’ singer claw her way higher up the scoreboard on the night.
There’s a Valencian expression that’s been applied rather freely to the Spanish authorities’ uncontrolled spending during the economic crisis. It can now be applied to RTVE: “Això ho pague jo!” (I’m paying for this!). Spanish Eurofans won’t even get a free KitKat as a consolation prize.