Spain is again blessing us with Eurodrama, this time coming from two-time national finalist Jorge González who says he’d love to represent Spain at Eurovision. His only condition is no national final because he says Spanish Eurovision fans band together and vote for their favourites and not necessarily the best songs. Cue the outrage!
You may remember Jorge González from 2009 and 2014 when he was vying to represent Spain at Eurovision. Sadly, he didn’t win with either of his attempts, finishing ninth (of 12) and third (of five), depriving Eurovision of his Latin passion.
In a recent interview, Jorge revealed that with both national final attempts, he didn’t have any record label support — but his mum was there to provide the choreography for his performances.
Jorge says that despite losing to Ruth Lorenzo in 2014, he is still happy with the result. The close televoting gave him only 5.63% fewer votes than Ruth, meaning that even if the Spanish Eurofans weren’t behind him, he was still popular enough to win 25.34% of the public vote.
But the real #eurodrama came from another recent interview in which he actually said:
“I would love to go to Eurovision, but trying to represent Spain is a waste of time. The enemy of the Spanish people is just themselves. I think it’s more difficult to win the Spanish national selection than Eurovision. Here (in Spain) the Eurofans join together and choose what they want. So, willing to take part in another National Selection? No thanks.”
Two years ago, Jorge said something similar in an interview with Spanish fansite Eurovision Planet. Back then, he just confirmed that he wants to represent Spain at Eurovision, but he wants TVE to internally select him – no national selection at all.
But perhaps Jorge would care to remember that the internally selected Edurne gave Spain a disappointing 21th place finish with “Amanecer” in 2015.
When he’s not upsetting Spanish Eurofans, Jorge is busy making new music, playing live shows — and he even has a new single coming next Wednesday, 28 September. It’s being released in Romania, on the same record label that signed Romania’s 2012 act Mandinga.
But Eurovision is still one of Jorge’s biggest dreams. He is totally passionate about it, but he also wants to slay that stage with a powerful Eurovision song and stunning staging — and if Spain isn’t interested, he may even consider another country. As Conchita might say, he is unstoppable!
What do you think about Jorge’s comments? Should he represent Spain at Eurovision? Or should he try another country. Share your thoughts in the comment section below!
If Eurovision fans would band together and vote for HIM, then he wouldn’t mind.
All that spain need is quality, how they can think that with a cheap song can win Eurovision..
Just for the record, I watched the Spanish NF that year.
He claimed he was, and I quote literally “representing the Eurofans”.
In the case of Spain he’s 100% right. Whenever there’s been an open selection in Spain with the exception of Ruth Lorenzo theres always been a better song that loses out to the song that the fans get behind.
a propos de hyper spanish fans he’s totally right
some people put a little too much nationalism into the ESC
He is basically saying that he only would go to Eurovision if he were picked internally by TVE… but that won’t happen in the near future because he is not as famous as Edurne, Pastora or ESDM are. I think that he could be a good entry with the right song, but his song from the 2014 show was just bad, he was lucky to get 3rd…
Uhhhhhh he’s messed with the lions because as far as I’m concerned spanish fans take Eurovision to the heart with tremendous amount of love and passion beyond anyone’s understanding. Maybe he hasn’t provided them more than a sexual fantasy reason for them to believe he has the right song to represent Spain … so this guy needs to learn that, besides being in their sexual daydreaming he needs to give the fans ONE DAMN GREAT SONG or otherwise they’ll move on the next big hunk with pipes for this matter. It is what it is.
He is right, indeed if it wasn’t for Ruth Lorenzo’s deluded and very vocal fan lobby, Brequette would have done so much better at Eurovision.
@(J)Esc Fanatic Acutally in complete agreement with you there. The 12-10-8 system is archaic. It was fine in 1975, when there were 19 countries and 56% of competitors received points from any given country. Now there’s 26 countries competing- only 37% of competitors receive points from countries (40% if a country’s in the final, because they can’t vote for themselves) At this point, I would say points would be extended to at least the Top 15. I myself made a scoring system for the top 20- it gave 50 points for the top country, and only 1 for the 20th… Read more »
In fact, Edurne failed just because of the voting system. Under the following one, Spain would have actually placed 11th.
Each country awards 26/27 points to its favorite entry, 25/26 points to its second favorite, etc. down to 1 point which they award to their least favorite entry.
This would be much fairer. I mean, why does the country that finished 11th in a country’s ranking get 0 points and the one that finished last gets 0 points as well? That’s stupid.
He is not wrong. Spanish fans were even saying that barei would win (!!!) with one of the most boring songs ever. i mean, say yay is the type of song it comes fifth on a melodifestivalen semi final…also the fact that the head of delegation messes up with the spanish representatives is another factor of spains failures….
Honestly, I don’t think its gonna matter worth a damn until they get someone in the Spanish delegation that not only really wants to succeed, but has an actual clue how to. Both Edurne and Barei came with great songs. Both Edurne and Barei sang fine live. But both Edurne and Barei both had subpar performances because of staging/theatrics/background vocalists/whatever. And both Edurne and Barei finished 22nd.
When a team has good players fail consistently, that’s on the manager. Spain needs a better manager.
This interview is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edzX2D_UN1k
@an esc fan
“Eurofans claim they like countries that sing in their own language, and in their own style, but in the end, televoters don’t vote for that.”
That’s true. Most televoters are non-Eurofans and they usually only accept “modern” songs in English.
He is right, you like it or not. Really!
idk… maybe submit a better song?
I’m happy to hear that, maybe televoters should be trusted more.
There is the same variety among Spanish eurofans as among sll the other ones. It is not fair to claim that most of Spanish eurofans are rude, dont listen to anybody, can’t speak English, etc etc. Being myself from Spain, each time I see one of those comments it makes me angry because you are putting all of us in the same basket. Personally I can see when one of our songs is bad or good, for example, but as always, the ones who want to have all the reason all the ones who shout the loudest
@Adam I completely agree about the Spanish Eurofans, they get angry if you say anything other than the song is perfect. They really need to understand music taste is subjective and not everyone is going to like the song. They also need to stop acting like the song they send every year is the best in the competition because it really isn’t, far from it.
@an esc fan
But televoters clearly do vote for that: France, Italy, Bulgaria, etc. The problem is that Spain generally sends bad songs and/or bad singers and act as if they’ve sent the best thing since sliced bread (or ABBA), in spite of the overwhelming criticism.
Fairly true, Xuso Jones had a far better song than Barei lets admit that
I wish him good luck in Spain, also in other countries. I do believe that is very hard for Spain and Portugal these times, because they have their own latino music, that was successful aroud 2000, but when is out of fashion it begins to be a burden. Eurofans claim they like countries that sing in their own language, and in their own style, but in the end, televoters don’t vote for that. So, this year Spain had Barei, and we can’t ask for more. Maybe they need somebody like Dima Bilan. Just a thought.
I agree with him, spanish fans can get really crazy when things don’t go as they planned or wanted
Hasta Luego Maricarmen
This is so true…
Well, the whole point of the televote is for the fans to have a voice….those Eurofans he talks about is part of those that make up their televote so I dont see how their votes are any less valid just because, in Jorge’s opinion, their votes are wrong (just because they werent in his favor!) But I still have to agree, but for a different reason. The Eurofans of Spain are probably the most zealous, blind, diva-loving fans in Eurovision. They will shut down outside criticism and never see any fault in their songs, which gives them and the artist… Read more »