It’s been a while since we last had some proper Spanish Eurodrama. Throughout Eurovision’s history, Spain has consistently served up telenovela worthy drama. From Objetivo Eurovisión voting to Barei’s technical — or misunderstood — staging plans, Spain is intense.

But what would Eurovision be without #Eurodrama, right?

This year’s contest has already featured some from Waylon and Salvador Sobral, and now it’s time for Spain — of course!

Tinet Rubira echoes Salvador Sobral’s words about Israel’s Netta

There’s only one day left until Spanish fans get to see their act competing in the grand final. But right now, it seems both Amaia and Alfred — and their team — are receiving more criticism than #Almaia love.

But for the latest Eurodrama chapter, the main character is a certain Tinet Rubira — Gestmusic’s music director whose company was behind OT 2017 and produces the Spanish staging for Lisbon.

Last year’s winner, Salvador Sobral created a social media storm when he shared his unfavourable opinions on the 2018 batch of entries, in particular Netta’s “Toy”. In an interview with RAC1, Tinet echoed the Portuguese crooner’s sentiments.

Fifteen days have passed until someone said it out loud. You see Israel’s song and is a chubby lady, with two buns on her head and doing the chicken – even quite much.

He continues:

The first day it warmed many Eurofans and they’ve assigned her the diva and winner status.

But that’s not all. He also reacted to two more of the bookies’ favourites — France and Cyprus. On Madame Monsieur, he says — “I don’t connect. I get bored”. And reviewing Eleni Foureira, Tinet opines – “she’s the new Beyoncé. Reminds me of her. Beyoncé already showed you Fuego”.

He also confirmed he has no favourites.

Criticism of Eurofans

Yes! His shade wasn’t reserved solely for the acts. Y’all are in his line of fire too!

He believes that Eurofans become outraged over absolutely everything and that they don’t need any motive.

There’s a set among Eurofans which believe that RTVE doesn’t want to win and that’s why we do things wrong, because there’s a “black hand” that says so. Everything is debatable, but c’mon, can’t be possible they hit that level, with the costumes, movements, everything, this is a Contest of little jingles.

He faces much of the criticism on Twitter, and he has no problem replying and blocking. “I accept all criticism and I don’t answer if I’m criticised. Obviously, if someone mentions me it is because they want me to answer them, and I always do it with education” — he says — “I have the responsibility to set common sense and an example. On Twitter I don’t bother.”

Spain’s staging

On Spain’s staging, many fans called for improved lighting, fireworks and pyro. Others, wanted better camera shots, focusing more on the singers’ emotions or face shots to make Almaia’s love more palpable.

With each rehearsal, Spain improved their lightning but the overall staging remained pure and simple. The “OH NO” many fans screamed during the first rehearsal turned into “hope remains” after the second one. Lights added a bronze/orange light which fits the romantic theme of “Tu canción”.

Their final costumes have also been revealed: Amaia’s second rehearsal outfit — a black, floor-sweeping dress –and Alfred keeps his first rehearsal one – a maroon suit.

But will these tweaks be enough? Many fans are accusing the Spanish delegation of arriving in Lisbon without doing all their homework.

Tinet Rubira tweeted that the pyro went wrong. And it seems that was because the company responsible for the special effects did not accomplish what Gestmusic ordered. As he says – “a total failure without anything to ease the pain. It was not complicated. Fire curtains are standard”. Apparently, the Spanish staging should also have featured two stars shooting across the stage at the end of their performance.

What do you make of this latest Eurodrama? Whose side are you on? Let us know in the comments.

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JUANITO
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JUANITO

Please, do not say THE COUNTRY that has all the angry eurofans, that gentleman who speaks on behalf of Spain and calls himself Madrileño does not mean anything, he does not represent me, nor the immense majority of Spaniards either, he is a poor wretch who does not understand what music is, competition or anything, there is no Iberian border nor should there be any border. I believe in good education, I am Spanish and I am delighted to welcome people from all over the world, come to drink, to see monuments to speak with the authentic Spaniards and please… Read more »

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Tim Van C.

Why all the attention to stage effects? Can’t people just enjoy how beautiful Spain’s song is? You all voted for the political message (extremist feminism) of Israel. And look, most normal people outside of the small Eurofans circle are disgusted by her. Is this what Sobral’s victory was about? Bringing the focus back to the music in all its simplicity? Well, Israel chose to create exactly the opposite: pure trash.

Madrileño
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Madrileño

TO ALL THE PEOPLE SAYING NASTY THINGS ABOUT SPAIN OR PORTUGAL .
NEXT TIME YOU DECIDE TO SPEND THE SUMMER GETING DRUNK IN SPAIN.
PLEASE STAY AT HOME.
DONT COME
MANY THANKS…………..
THE IBERIAN BORDER

Border Guard
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Border Guard

WONDERFUL! WE HAVE REACHED AN UNDERSTANDING. I ABSOLUTELY HATE SPAIN AND PORTUGAL AND I AM MORE THAN HAPPY TO NEVER GO AGAIN, SPAIN IN PARTICULAR- A COUNTRY OF THIEFS AND RACISTS, DIRTY AND CHEAP AF!
AS FOR YOU, PLEASE DON’T COME TO OTHER PARTS OF WESTERN EUROPE, YOU ARE NOT WELCOME.
WESTERN EUROPEAN FRONT TO IBERIAN BORDER

Galit
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Galit

William!!! Why giving him a platforn and at the same time not publish Netta’s OGAE’s award? ESCKAZ published it yesterday!!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5Sk1ZMox54

Edith
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Edith

When Netta sang about stupid boy and chicken voices she meant for bullies like you, sir. I am from Germany and gotta vote for this awesome baka song.

Galit
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Galit

For all reporters who forgot..
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5Sk1ZMox54

allexo
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allexo

Surprise, surprise, this criticism ,comes from Spain (you know, the country that has all the annoying eurofans AND the country that overhypes their own song)

Toni
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Toni

Yeah, I can brush off that and his comments but they’re actually publishing his fat-shaming comments regarding to Netta but at the same time say we are comment-shaming Salvador. That’s the kind of double-standard, two-faceness nobody should tolerate. Especially not a website run by homosexuals. And I’m gay myself before anyone even starts. Disgusting and I hope Netta will not even look at these “editors” in the eyes again. They don’t deserve any attention.

Gtyhygf
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Gtyhygf

It’s not like Portugese and Spanish song writers and singers had anything to do with Sobral or this guy, chill out, there are a**holes in every nation. 

No Thanks
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No Thanks

Did he take a look in the mirror before he insult Natta? I mean how could he not see expired Spanish bacon. He should put himself in the freezer before he rots further.

Juan
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Juan

Hasta los cojones del políticamente correcto!

No to Greasy Spanish Bacon
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No to Greasy Spanish Bacon

How DARE he insult other entries when Tu Cancion is a crappy cheesy piece of sh!t for the trash bin. He can go f**k himself! Love to see the Spain get nil point again this year!

True Catalán
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True Catalán

This guy is just like Sobral – arrogant, horrible, narcissistic pig. Truth is a lot of the Spanish fans are like that. They only know how to insult others to promote their own song. They are a joke. I am in the UK and I can promise the Spanish fans that as a Catalán, I will not be voting for Spain like a cheater. And I will vote for Israel this year just because what this guy said!

Tuvddtgccj57g
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Tuvddtgccj57g

I will vote for Cyprys and Estonia this year, because of the offensive comments I’ve read about them on this site – some disgusting nazi shouvinists have called them whores just because they are beautiful, successful and come from poor countries. Also they are great performers who have charisma and very good songs

GazilionPT
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GazilionPT

I will vote for Estonia because I actually like the performance. Nothing else matters, be it what they say about her or what she says about others (if anything). The performance literally speaks for itself and deserves my vote, anything else is just B.S.

Toni
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Toni

I forgot why I stopped visiting WiWi for years. Thanks for the reminder. It’s not what this person is saying, like you can agree or disagree with him all you want. It’s that you give him a public voice. He doesn’t deserve one. Toy is a complex song and it takes a bit time and effort to get it. Those “chicken sounds” build up the chorus. The intro is taken from the chorus. Any idiot can hear that. She even sings “… I’m not your…” in-between the noises. I was gonna vote Israel only once but after all the hatred… Read more »

Galit
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Galit

Love from Israel!

drag kvinna
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I’m not your pork, stupid dork!

Krys Ka
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Krys Ka

Funny how this miserable *explitive* bashes all those entries and rtve just posted video from the green room during the Cyprus performance and every other contestant boping and cheering, Cesar showing off some sweet moves, Elina having a blast, Netta, Mikolas and Ari dancing like there’s no tomorrow amongst others. This is what Eurovision is all about, a good time, fun, party and enjoying ourselves. Not a high end art music nobody cares about!

waitwhat
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waitwhat

its hillarious how this unfolds
chubby is such a sad sad word

Azotman
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Azotman

Bonsoir Lisboa, bonsoir l’Europe ! Voici mes votes depuis Paris. Finlande 1 point Ukraine 2 points Serbie 3 points Portugal 4 points Italie 5 points Danemark 6 points Moldavie 7 points Estonie 8 points Chypre 10 points Espagne 12 points Chacun a ses opinions et on a le droit de ne pas aimer certaines chansons. Ce qu’il dit n’est pas forcément très gentil mais c’est une opinion. Il y a beaucoup trop de politiquement correct en 2018. On n’a plus le droit de ne rien dire sur personne. C’est interdit de dire que l’on n’aime pas la chanson d’Israël ?… Read more »

KazooUp
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KazooUp

Y es, Eurofans are guilty. Guilty of turning Eurovision into a circus by voting only for fireworks, LEDs And pyro. And still you take offense if someone bits you with reality.

Madrileño
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Madrileño

An update in GRINDER there are adds asking you to vote for THE REAL DIVVA NETTA.
Should we talk about it.
LETS DO THIS.

mscy
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mscy

searching does not mean liking. however i dont believe in the odds in a competition like this. not sure if portugal was the favorite last year

gohomespain
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gohomespain

lol spanish people still putting down other people to try to make their boring song look better? now an official has resorted to body shaming netta – pls. stubborn spanish people need to realise just because you like it and it’s your country that not everyone else feels that way/ knows who these ‘lovers’ from a spanish reality show are. btw he can’t sing. and we dont speak your language. if you’re going to copy last year’s winner with the boring song and weird voice and body movements at least get a disabled backing story to go with it….

#GOSPAIN
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#GOSPAIN

Alfred sings like and angel, and its not a copy of last years winner,i love spain this year and i will vote for them, (im not spanish)

No Angel
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No Angel

*vote down
I didn’t know Angels have a super annoying nasal voice which sings with a fake soul.

Madrileño
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Madrileño

HAHAHAHAHA JORDY.
A CATALAN TRHOWING .sh……..TO SPANISH ENTRY THE SAME DAY OF EUROVISION.I BET IF IT WAS A CATALAN INDEPENDENT ENTRY YOU WODNT HAVE WRITEN THIS ARTICLE.
WELL DONE BOY BUT I DONT BUY IT.

Barcelona
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Barcelona

I am catalán and proud
But madrileño I AGREE with you.
Dont buy this article.

Madrileño
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Madrileño

GRACIAS BARCELONA

True Catalán
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True Catalán

You should be ashamed of yourself for defending an insult from the Spanish.

True Catalán
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True Catalán

I am a Catalán from Barcelona and I think that this Spanish producer is an arrogant prick who should be ashamed of himself. He is a Spanish fat pig himself and yet he is insulting Netta. The Spanish are too arrogant and Madrileño, you don’t have to buy anything – this website is free. Yes, I HATE Spain but we are better human being than the Spanish unlike that Spanish pig and you. Hirst just reporting on the news like a genuine professional reporter. Stop make everything about politics when the Spanish fu*ked up themselves!

Madrileño
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Madrileño

What a f….. is a TRUE catalan.
An independentista.
HOW ABOUT THE REST OF THE CATALANS.

Miguel rodriguezme dez
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Miguel rodriguezme dez

Yelow blog. Fireworks!

Marios
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Marios

He said about Israel what many people think about it. And unlike Sobral, he is not the “host” of all these artists and the previews winner in order to have to be neutral. Since he doesn’t insult anyone, I’m ok with it, either I agree with him or not. Enough with the fascism of political correctness.

aaaaaaaaa
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aaaaaaaaa

First of all, the spaniards wants to say sorry for the crap that this guy made up. They criticize him even more than y’all, and they’re very very sorry for the bullcrap that this guy is saying the words that are coming out of his mouth doesn’t represent at all the spanish community, even the spaniards insulted him for saying such dumb things knowing we are so close to the contest. I feel sorry for Alfred and Amaia, since now thanks to the team behind them, their chances are pretty much in the floor. Anyways, don’t let these words change… Read more »

giancarlo
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giancarlo

that guy should show more respect for contestants!
btw he was Edurne’s on stange perf director, wasn’t he?
good job rolfmao
anyways I won’t vote for spain. For sure

#GOSPAIN
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#GOSPAIN

If you dont vote for a country because of some guys opinion, then your really dumb

Benjamin
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Benjamin

I won’t be voting for the country and the song and those two – Amaia and Alfred.

Eurofan
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Eurofan

Spain already had a difficult task being so early on in the running order. These comments will not help their cause.

Nah nah
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Nah nah

Big mouth Spanish producer should keep his mouth zipped then. I guess the Spanish just don’t want to get any points.

Escphbelgium
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Escphbelgium

His ship is gonna sink anyway, compared to Israel, Cyprus, and France where they could be in the Top 5. Anyway, I won’t go down to his level so I’ll say this: No matter how they perform, tonight, all of them are winners.
Best of luck to all of them.

No Thanks
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No Thanks

Except Spain thanks to this guy nd Portgal thanks to Sobral and the Portugese for terrible hosts.

Bren
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Bren

I understand that people have different tastes in music & that it’s possible to voice them in a RESPECTFUL way (and if you can’t and somehow deem yourself superior you should just keep your mouth shut) but damn, bashing Netta’s looks because of it is extremely low.

KT.
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KT.

The real question is, who cares about what this man says? Attacking singers for the entries or appearance at this particular moment in time and culture only highlights the man is clearly a clueless idiot.

Rome
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Rome

Ok, that is a very stupid move one day before the final. Now Spain can lose all the possible support from mentioned countries. He should be more careful with his words in my opinion. Ay Ay Spain

Jo.
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Jo.

He doesn’t know the power of silence.

Sieneke
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Sieneke

So this is what you get when you mix eurodrama with tinfoil hats. Holy crap.

Calm down, man! Wiwibloggs definitely can’t be accused of bashing netta, she’s had plenty of positive comments on this site.

Emma
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Emma

Netta”s weight is irrelevant to her song. Keep it about the music please!

Paul Eurofan
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Paul Eurofan

A Swedish arrogant boy denigrate in a video others entry’s and happen nothing.a idiot Spanish producer say something and Spain must be the last.something stink not only in Spain but in Eurovision also

Sieneke
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Sieneke

That’s not true. Benjamin got plenty of backlash as well.

kek
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kek

this is what you get for not sending lo malo

knlde
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knlde

queen nettaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa xd still high in odds

Simon
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Simon

Less hate and more love 🙂 Spain will come in the middle at the best tomorrow i predict. Because: There are so many good songs with great acts. We dont know about there love so for us its just to teenagers that sing a random bland song. Sorry Spain.

Gtyhygf
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Gtyhygf

But seriously I don’ blame anyone who is salty after getting their places in the beginning of the first half of the show.. The order of the songs should be completely random, and it should be only by draw, then it would be fair.

Apple
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Apple

They need to make it an interesting TV show. If you do random draw you might get 5 ballads in a row at the end. No one would want that

Gtyhygf
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Gtyhygf

There’s still a way to walk around that, for example divide the songs into ‘slow’ and ‘upbeat’ categories, decide how they should run in the final, for examp,e 1. Upbeat 2. Slow 3. Slow 4. Upbeat, 5. Slow, etc. And then make ‘ballad’ contestants draw from the numbers 2,3,5, etc. Or sometjing like that. I’m sure there are a lot of ways they could do it

Leila
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Leila

Girl, we already have two ballads almost in a row this year: spain 2nd and lithuania 4th (out of just 4 ballads). What are u talking about?

Quintvld
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Quintvld

Really hope netta wins, she was my favorite from the beginning and she still is, show all the haters and the stupid boys that you are the best???

losy
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losy

i really hope she doesnt. What ISRAEL is doing is absolutely disgusting. They should change their politics, it’s a crime. Russia 2. And yes, ESC is a political contest, whether you like it or not.

Nicky
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Nicky

“What ISRAEL is doing is absolutely disgusting. ” are you serious?

losy
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losy

Try reading the news. Syria deserves peace.

Nicky
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Nicky

just to understand – are you blaming israel on what happening in syria? are you crazy?
ready the news HON-EY

losy
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losy

There arent any syrians left and the ones who are, are fighting for something they lost. You are a disgusting person, i hope you aint supporting france or italy. bye honey.

Perrs
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Perrs

Salvador song sound like eurovision songs from 60 ties, and he won in 2017. Sweden 1999 sound like Abba song from 70 ties and won in 1999. Maybe copy of Beyonce win 2018

vernan
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vernan

Hi sweetie. We are in 2018 and this is an article about Spain. Wake up. xoxo

Geeky Monky
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Geeky Monky

More publicity for Netta. On the backs of people’s opinions. This guy and Salvador could have said it in a different way but it still is just their opinions, which many agree with. I disliked Israel at first listen, then liked it very much because of the irreverence, now I’m bored. The wiwi guys are being hypocrites. They hid Benjamin’s video dissing nearly every constestant, ones blatantly and others subtly. And now, for drama, are bringing up the opinions of people who are loud mouths. If someone doesn’t vote for some contestant because of this, or votes for Israel or… Read more »

Laburnum
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Laburnum

Very amusing he labels Cyprus as as “done before act” (which in all fairness it is) but bit rich when their own act is like the copy and paste version of a ballad with the least imaginative staging.

BCNLON
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BCNLON

How many acts at the Eurovision are not “done before” acts? Especially when you look at it internationally. And the things is, there is nothing wrong with that as artists get inspired and they inspire back others. That’s how it works.

Justhonest
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Justhonest

lol salty but you seriously need to chill with posting about all this hateful feedback towards entries it isn’t fair.

BENJA
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BENJA

OMG wiwi…. what’s wrong with you guys? because the performance of netta wasn’t what you expected so now you hate her? you are going where the hyp is around. just for money and likes (bucka buck shirt etc…)
NETTS IS BEAUTIFUL NO MATTER THE PLACE SHE WILL GET.
and now all your readers can see that you are so false. we can read behind your articles and reactions, something has really changed, how you speak about netta.

follow the fireworks it will lead you to nowhere.

LETS SNOT DO THIS. HATERS

TRUE
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TRUE

TRUE! UNFOLLOWING WIWI!!

Geeky Monky
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Geeky Monky

You’ll still be here, it’s a cool blog.
If another similar one appears tho… All bets are off.
This string of articles was really bad…

Amy
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Amy

Me too!

BCNLON
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BCNLON

I don’t see hate from wiwi towards Netta, they are just reporting what others are saying. It’s not coming from their own mouth. Anyway, if you see their livestream you ‘ll see how they always clap for Netta as well. I know that these kind of articles aren’t the best for any country that anyone is supporting but this is the current backstage I guess. All opinions should be respected and let’s not forget that Netta is on the Eurovision stage making chicken noises so of course some people will not be too happy about that.

WIWIWI
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WIWIWI

But he was speaking about more acts, why israel in the thumbnail and on the headline?…. also writing netta sends “only love” to salvador…. with “” , like she do it in a bad way, and shes not! shes so nice and really spread love

BENJA
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BENJA

OMG wiwi…. what’s wrong with you guys? because the performance of netta wasn’t what you expected so now you hate her? you are going where the hyp is around. just for money and likes (bucka buck shirt etc…)
NETTS IS BEAUTIFUL NO MATTER THE PLACE SHE WILL GET.
and now all your readers can see that you are so false. we can read behind your articles and reactions, something has really changed, how you speak about netta.

follow the fireworks it will lead you to nowhere.

LET NOT DO THIS. HATERS

fake beyonce
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fake beyonce

I dont get it. It is became a thing just to brutally critize Israel? just critisize Netta? I can’t see them or at least Wiwibloggs do not give a stage for critisizing another countries. Its just furious, and Im not even from Israel. can’t imagine what Israeli eurofans feels. this is disgusting and ruin all the good spirits of the competition

losy
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losy

I was expecting some amazing staging for the spanish couple and they gave us nothing…the spanish fans have every right to be mad. Stupid delegation.

hohoho
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hohoho

wow looks like israel esc press working so hard…..lol

Laralice
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Laralice

Very disrespectful of him. He ruined spains chances of getting top 10.

#GOSPAIN
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#GOSPAIN

Most people who watches eurovision has not been following months before, most people who watch watches the performances and songs for the first time on the night, so i dont think he has ruined anything