Barei — Spain’s Eurovision 2016 singer — is busying preparing for a string of live concerts across Europe. But that doesn’t mean the Spanish songstress has forgotten her time at Eurovision. In fact, distance has given her time to vent — and to reveal the drama that unfolded behind-the-scenes between her and Spain’s embattled Head of Delegation Federico Llano and other members of the delegation.
Barei: “I felt sad”
Weeks after Barei’s unfortunate 22nd place finish in the grand final, the “Say Yay!” singer sat down with Spanish newspaper ABC. With time she’s realized that she feels more confident about herself as an artist and is grateful the contest helped her promote her musical career. However, she admits that she felt sad and somewhat overwhelmed following the grand final.
“That night I felt sad, ashamed and I could only apologise to the people that expected me to get a better place with my performance,” she said. But, channeling Sweden’s Frans, Spanish fans were not sorry, and they actually congratulated and thanked her for the astonishing performance. It wasn’t about the result, but the work behind it.
She threatened to quit
Surely y’all remember the “twisted-ankle” fall that Barei staged during her performance. It was so real that the first time we saw it we thought she’d actually hurt herself. But it looks like that was just the tip of the iceberg of what could’ve been a much more elaborate performance. During the pre-Eurovision party in Riga, the team from RTVE notified her that they would throw out many of her suggested staging ideas, including triangle designs and steps and stairs on stage.
“By the time I was in Latvia, all I had was a pile of NOs to my requests, so I asked them to please keep the fall, which best showed the will to get over our problems, which was the message behind the song. So I stood my ground and told them I wouldn’t do Eurovision if they didn’t let me fall on stage. You can’t let me do nothing on a TV show like this.”
Barei: Not enough contact with the host broadcaster
She also complained about the lack of communication between her choreographers and SVT. “I asked for direct contact with the Swedish broadcaster but I never had it,” she said.
Barei doesn’t believe that RTVE doesn’t want to win. But she points out that the “middle man” — aka, the Spanish Head of Delegation — is responsible for setting limits and communicating with the host broadcaster. He should have communicated the situation with staging to her as soon as possible “to avoid a lot of last-minute changes.”
When asked about the future of the delegation, she pointed out that “many delegations that are doing very well are led by young people, fresh blood,” including France.
And what of the rumours that her partner Rubén Villanueva had an argument with Federico Llano in the green room?
She explained that, at the very end of the contest, after she received only 10 points from the audience, she wanted some space.
“I only wanted to cry and hug my whole team. He [Rubén] just asked Federico to give them a couple of minutes and show some sympathy to all of us.”
The Spanish señorita is already looking to the future and working on an third album. Perhaps she’ll write another competing song in 2017, perhaps for Brequette? As she tells the newspaper: “Me and Rubén would love to write something for her!”
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