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?
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.
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.”
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.
.@amaia_ot2017 apuesta por el vestido de transparencias en color negro con adornos dorados y plateados y escote pronunciado de @teresahelbig para la gran final de #esc2018 @alfred_ot2017 llevará el traje granate de @vrl_pacovarela #amaiaalfredensayogeneral pic.twitter.com/nIFBosLRNZ
— eurovision_rtve (@eurovision_tve) May 7, 2018
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.