He’s the blonde haired beauty following in the footsteps of Barei and Edurne in representing Spain at the Eurovision Song Contest. But as well as being a guitar-strumming singer-songwriter, Manel Navarro doubles up as a diplomat, especially when responding to the politics at play in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.
In an interview with the UK’s OK! magazine, the Spanish singer was quizzed about two issues raising question marks about politics at Eurovision this year: Brexit and Ukraine’s decision to ban Julia Samoylova‘s entry to the country, over her illegal performances in annexed Crimea in 2015.
On Brexit Navarro is clear: “It’s just about the music, I don’t think Brexit will matter.”
As for tensions between Russia and Ukraine, the singer was keen to point out how sensitive the situation is, saying: “I’m a musician, not a politician. But I know there is a conflict between Russia and Ukraine.”
“It’s something they have to resolve. Music has to be the priority.” Unfortunately on the subject of Russia’s participation at Eurovision 2017, a resolution appears increasingly unlikely.
As for Brexit, Navarro’s suggestions will be music to concerned UK fans’ ears. Infamously, Jemini’s nil points has been attributed to UK participation in the Iraq War (ignoring the poor vocal, poor performance and poorer song). On Brexit he may, however, have a point: Not every country participating at Eurovision is a member of the EU.
MANEL NAVARRO ON LUCIE JONES
Navarro also took time out in the interview to talk about his London Eurovision Party duet partner Lucie Jones, who will sing for the UK at the grand final on May 13.
“She’s awesome, a really good artist, with an amazing voice.”
He had equally positive things to say about her entry — the ballad “Never Give Up On You”.
“It’s one of the biggest competitors this year.”
Manel will perform “Do It For Your Lover” during the Grand Final on May 13.
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