The first Eurodrama of the Eurovision 2017 season has just exploded in Spain.
Following Barei’s unfortunate 22nd place finish at Eurovision 2016, Spanish fans have ripped into Federico Llano, the Spanish Head of Delegation (HoD), and Toñi Prieto, the Entertainment director at RTVE.
They’re using the rather direct hashtag #FedeyToñiFueradeEurovision (Federico and Toñi out of Eurovision) to ask for their resignation.
Barei – Say Yay live at Eurovision 2016
Right after Saturday’s final, Federico gave a series of interviews to Spanish media. According to Vertele, Llano expressed his “annoyance” with the result, and claimed that Spain’s poor result was because of the voting system. That’s how you shift blame, y’all.
In his opinion, the system is fair until 10th place, and from then on the countries with the most neighbours place better. That’s why Croatia — thought to have a strong song and performer — ended 23rd, for example.
Prieto took a different approach and openly asked whether Spain would have done better if she and Llano weren’t in charge.
HoD’s proposal: A new voting system
Llano also explained that the Spanish delegation are devising a new voting system, which they claim would be more fair than the existing one.
He explained that he has “done the numbers” and that this change is a possibility, as there is support among other broadcasters and even factions within the EBU. However, Spain’s HoD did not explain what this system is all about…nor how Spain would have fared with it.
Spanish fans have not reacted well to the comments. Using the hashtag #FedeyToñiFueradeEurovision, they have flooded Twitter demanding that officials account for Spain’s rather dire finishes of late.
Un "equipo" q en 16 años sólo han conseguido cinco top10 y q cada año ponen problemas con la tv organizadora… #FedeYToñiFueraDeEurovisión
— Toni Lliteras (@ToniLliteras) May 15, 2016
Francia en 3 años había conseguido 15 puntos y en2016 se queda a punto de entrar al top5 con cambio de directiva #fedeytoñifueradeeurovision
— HeartbeatBreaker (@Alvaro_Wilder) May 15, 2016
— RuBen (@ruben_garcia95) May 15, 2016
Tenemos al enemigo en casa. Hay que tener poca vergüenza. pic.twitter.com/717wuIYWUJ
— Javi Tali (@TaliJavi) May 15, 2016
TVE MAÑANA SE PONE MANOS A LA OBRA CON SU AMBICIOSÍSISISISIMO OBJETIVO PARA EUROVISIÓN 2017: VOLVER AL TOP 20 #FedeYToñiFueraDeEurovision
— Eurofans talifans (@eurofan_talifan) May 14, 2016
Y si nos dejamos de pagar una pasta para estar en Big 5 y nos curramos una representacion como dios manda? #FedeYToñiFueraDeEurovision
— #Valencianes! #1ÒCt (@EsElMoment_) May 14, 2016
#FedeYToñiFueraDeEurovision el año que viene habrá dedazo y como les ha jodido que Barei haya ido en inglés, iremos en español.
— Marina (@MarinaEnVans) May 14, 2016
Estamos hartos de que siempre echéis balones fuera cuando la culpa de todo es vuestra. #FedeYToñiFueraDeEurovision
— Claufflepuff? (@Clausintx) May 14, 2016
To sum up, the Spaniards want change.
Barei: “I can only apologize”
The Spanish representative also had something to say on Saturday night.
After receiving only 10 points from the televoting public, Barei told reporters that she could only apologize for her placing (as reported by Formula TV).
Speaking about RTVE, Barei thanked them for “getting more modern” this year.
Barei also said that she has never thought that Eurovision is about politics.
In her mind Jamala won because of her amazing voice, her original song and because the message of “1944” touched people. End of story.
Do you think Spain should re-cast its delegation ahead of 2017? What must Spain to do get out of the Eurovision doldrums? Let us know in the comments section below!