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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. 

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Richard Hopkins
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Richard Hopkins

Worth every penny. I loved it!

BringDeniseBack
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BringDeniseBack

Too bad they spent nothing on the songwriting

Vanuatu
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Vanuatu

But someone still believe what TVE says? They tried to hide this numbers for 2 years, so now, after several jurydic trials they say is in line with the rest of years? Noone believes that. Is not the 1st time (and surely not the last) that the corrupted heads in TVE lie to the people.

Nickc
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Nickc

I do not think it was only staging, but constantly screaming iye iyeeeeeee may have not appealed to masses.

D
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D

One of Spain’s worst entries of the past five years. Don’t know why this gets so hyped up by fans.

R
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R

Wait! Is Edurne’s dancer Francesco’s ape!? :O

Robyn Gallagher
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Lol, no! 🙂 The ape was Filippo Ranaldi. Giuseppe di Bella wasn’t at Eurovision this year.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

What a waste of two years of legal drama. RTVE: Just release your budgets. What’s the problem?
Y’all making a drama out of nothing!

Robyn Gallagher
Editor

Making a drama out of nothing is the way things roll when it comes to Spanish Eurovision culture! 🙂

UrbanSymphony
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UrbanSymphony

every time i see Edurne i get PTSD omg, how in the hell did she finish 21st… its been over 2 years and im still not over it

Lejla
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Lejla

The staging was an absolute mess. That was the biggest problem of Spain 2015, I think that non-esc fans were like WTF?! It started all dramatic and then suddenly they started dancing lol. I don’t know, but that was really bad. I liked the song tho..

Erasmus
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Erasmus

agree, and it felt cheap as the music video…

R
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R

She finished 21st because even less people and jurors liked the songs from Cyprus, Poland, UK, France, Austria and Germany. Simple as that!

(and in my opinion, Amanecer is one of weakest spanish songs ever in ESC)