Eurodrama never ends in Spain. On Friday night we came to the latest episode of the ongoing Objetivo Eurovisión 2017 telenovela, when information emerged claiming that RTVE’s head of delegation Federico Llano had resigned.
Official fan club OGAE Spain broke the news and reported on Llano’s withdrawal. They explained that he had apparently made this decision owing to “personal issues”.
Later, Llano confirmed to Bluper that he won’t fly to Kyiv as Spain’s HoD. His decision stems from both personal issues and other projects that he is working on at the moment. We should point out that broadcaster RTVE has not published any statement on the matter.
Federico Llano has been Spain’s head of delegation for the past 15 years. During that time Spain has not won Eurovision and has only placed in the top ten four times.
We should point out that Spain’s four Top 10 finishes over the past 15 years put it ahead of the UK, which only achieved that twice over the same time period, France (three times) and Germany (three times).
Even so, he has been frequently criticised by fans, who blame him for Spain’s poor results at Eurovision. Fans have asked for his resignation on multiple occasions. The last instance came after the dramatic ending of this year’s national selection Objetivo Eurovisión, which left many people wondering if the process had been rigged.
Is this an answer to Objetivo Eurovisión?
While Llano has said that his decision stems from personal issues, fans aren’t convinced. Many think that his resignation is related to the major drama that erupted at this year’s Objetivo Eurovisión. Many Eurofans have celebrated his decision.
— Juanan (@Juanan_N) February 24, 2017
Federico Llano dimite, espero Toño Prieto siga su camino
— juan miguel pardeza (@juanmiguelRMD) February 25, 2017
"Federico Llano abandona #Eurovision"
España en estos momentos: pic.twitter.com/YtiQtCSXcu
— M (@casasola89) February 25, 2017
The reaction has been huge. Within less than an hour of the announcement, “Federico Llano” was the number one trending topic on Twitter in Spain.
Who will succeed Federico Llano?
Sources claim that after his resignation, Ana María Bordás will take the job. Bordás is a radio journalist who directed RTVE’s second TV channel La 2 between 2014 and 2015. At the moment, she is the head of RTVE’s international projects department.
Bordás has a lot of experience as a radio journalist. She was RNE’s (RTVE’s radio) correspondent in Washington for three years, and she directed the Catalonia edition of RNE for eight years. However, fans are not really happy about her potential election.
Ana María Bordás, posible sustituta de Federico Llano, cumplirá dentro de poco 58 años. ¿Renovación?
— Javier Escartín (@javierescarting) February 25, 2017
Anda que no sé si prefiero a Federico Llano o a Ana María Bordás, porque menudos dos…
— Javier R. (@JaviDeVillena) February 25, 2017
Dimite Federico Llano y lo sustituyen por Ana María Bordás, ¿estamos de broma? ¡Que dimita todo el equipo!#ToñiPrietoDimision
— EUROFANS ENFURECIDOS (@eurofans_enfure) February 25, 2017
Cuando dimite Federico Llano pero lo sustituye Ana María Bordaspic.twitter.com/3EUMKaKIGw
— dani (@DaniOVD) February 25, 2017
What do you make of Federico Llano’s resignation? Do you think this will affect Spain’s participation in Kyiv? And what of Ana María Bordás as the new Head of Delegation? Tell us in the comment section below, and don’t forget to share your reactions in our wiwibloggs app!
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