Spain’s Eurovision 2015 participation drew a lot of attention at home: Edurne, one of the country’s most well-known singers, took to the stage in a long red cape which hid a stunning José Fuentes gown.
The Tigress sang dramatically, at times held by half-naked dancer Giuseppe di Bella…..and finished in 21st place.
Today, after more than two years of wrangling, RTVE has been forced by Spain’s Supreme Court to reveal the cost of their participation in Vienna.
The sum? Almost 400,000 euros — more or less the same as any other year.
Edurne: “Amanecer” second rehearsal at Eurovision 2015
The revelation comes after the broadcaster repeatedly refused to disclose the expense of their participation.
Given Edurne’s cachet and the common knowledge that her dresses were very expensive, rumour had it that the whole gig could have cost over a million euros. We could have believed it: after all, she did look like a million bucks…
But as it turns out there was nothing out of the ordinary here. But it’s still odd that RTVE took so long to reveal the total cost, especially since it’s in line with the expense of recent years.
It took two years of parliamentary bickering and lawsuits to bring today’s news into the open. Back in May 2015, the Spanish political coalition Izquierda Unida asked RTVE’s president for the bill for Vienna, something they regularly do.
But president José Antonio Sánchez didn’t respond and the party sought to force the truth through the justice system. The Supreme Court eventually obliged RTVE to release a statement containing the total cost of Edurne’s entry.
Edurne interview in Vienna
In any case, the money would have been better spent if RTVE had spent more time planning its camera angles. May I remind you that right after the dramatic dress reveal, you could see Giuseppe di Bella running off-stage…
Do you think the money was worth it? And why do you think it took RTVE so long to reveal the fee? Let us know in the comments section below.