Spain is still picking up the pieces after Europe gave Edurne the cold shoulder during the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest. “Amanecer” composer Peter Böstrom was quick to react to the disappointing result, leaping to Edurne’s defence and turning criticism on TVE.
In a Facebook post on Sunday morning, he wrote:
I am proud of Edurne and what SHE brought to Thomas, Tony and my song. She really made Amanecer her own. I am, however (and I will probably regret saying this) NOT happy with the Spanish television company and its way of conducting business and relations. If you take a step back and look at this you’ll find that listening is the way to success. Don’t choke the [talented] artists and authors in your country, work WITH them and you will find success eventually.
He and his fellow songwriters apparently received some backlash from this message, prompting Böstrom to release another statement:
The message posted the other day are my words and my words alone. None of the other songwriters should be held responsible for my opinions. Please respect this. I believe in human errors. I made some. So did other people. But who is to blame for the result? Someone? Everyone? Anyone? The important thing is to evaluate the result, and you will spot your errors. Understand them and make sure not to repeat them. If you find a way to avoid them, you will come out stronger, wiser and closer to perfection.
Publicity is points people! Edurne cancelled a scheduled appearance at Eurovision in Concert under mysterious circumstances in the spring and promotion was limited to a publicity circuit in Spain prior to her arrival in Vienna. Let’s not forget: People in Spain cannot vote for Spain at Eurovision!
It’s such a shame that TVE didn’t unleash the Tigress on Europe and let her get her claws into more fans hearts.
Böstrom has a strong Eurovision pedigree, with credits for Eric Saade, Loreen and Danny Saucedo amongst others, so maybe TVE should take notice.
What do you think? Was a lack of publicity the reason the sun set on “Amanecer”?