After Objetivo Eurovision‘s nuclear Eurodrama exploded on live TV last Saturday evening, outraged reactions have come thick and fast — from fans, countless celebrities and even from important Spanish media. Now the matter has become political. The Spanish parliament is also interested in the factors that led to Spain’s most controversial Eurovision selection yet.
Yesterday José Miguel Camacho, a representative of the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE) from Toledo, tabled a list of questions for the Spanish broadcaster RTVE. The questions all relate to Objetivo Eurovision.
He’s serious and determined to understand the scandal currently gripping the country’s Eurofans, which is potentially undermining the credibility of the country’s state broadcaster. His six questions cover the selection of both candidates and jury members, and probe the show’s somewhat murky behind-the-scenes procedures. José Miguel asks:
- Who approved the selection process?
- Who was in charge of choosing the jury members?
- What is the President of RTVE’s assessment of what happened during the national final?
- Who was in charge of selecting the internal acts to compete in Objetivo Eurovision?
- What criteria were used to select the internal acts to compete in Objetivo Eurovision?
- Has RTVE considered revoking the results of Objetivo Eurovision?
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José says he’s willing to open a serious debate on what has been a sour ending for Objetivo Eurovision.
But it’s not the first time that Eurovision has been tabled in the Congress of Deputies. The cost of El Sueño de Morfeo’s ESC 2013 participation worried the IU (United Left) political party. And Parliament also discussed Carolina Casado’s questionable English that resulted in her infamous “oit points” presentation at Eurovision 2015.
Manel Navarro’s press conference
With the toxic scent of Eurodrama still in the air, Manel faced the winner’s press conference on Monday. He was joined by Irene and Paloma from RTVE’s press team who delivered a brief introduction.
Manel started by apologising for a rude gesture he made during the live broadcast. He explained that this gesture wasn’t aimed at Spain or Eurofans, but at the audience members who made him feel bad by booing and jeering. “I wouldn’t wish this on anybody,” he said.
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Manel added that this is a big opportunity for him — “I’m really excited…it’s a huge responsibility” — and he also explained his delight while performing. “I shared that moment with my best friends, it was a happy one.”
Regarding the various conspiracy theories and questions surrounding the results, RTVE communications manager Carlos Garrido assured media that Objetivo Eurovision was perfectly organised.
“We followed rules and a professional jury reinforced credibility and also chose the better song,” he said. “RTVE chose ‘Do It For Your Lover’ as the best song and also Manel Navarro as the best artist that we could have for Kyiv. The rules didn’t change. They have been the same since the beginning.”
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