She represented Spain last year in Lisbon with her then-boyfriend Alfred García, and ever since their result, Amaia has kept quiet about Eurovision. So much so that she didn’t even attend the Operación Triunfo 2018 Eurovision gala. She clearly hasn’t wanted to talk about it — until now.
On Wednesday Amaia attended the premiere of Pedro Almodóvar’s latest film “Dolor y gloria” and she was asked why she didn’t go to the OT gala, where she was supposed to pass the baton to this year’s representative Miki. And before you ask: No. Alfred was not the reason.
As you may remember, the former Spanish lovebirds brought to Lisbon an air so sweet it could be mistaken for cotton candy and roses. They broke up just months after the contest. Ouch! Ever since them runour has had it that Amaia has been skipping events where she might bump into Alfred.
Her explanation is rather different. In a red carpet interview with news agency Europa Press, she explained: “After our bad result at Eurovision, I didn’t feel like I was someone who has to pass the baton to Miki or anything”.
She goes on: “It’s not that I don’t want to meet Alfred, I’ve already seen him other times and nothing happened”.
Amaia also explained that she’s finished recording her first album, and that she’ll start revealing songs “sooner than everyone thinks”.
Moreover, she was asked whether she feels pressured as all her OT mates like Aitana, Miriam or Ana Guerra have established a career and already have their albums out: “I try not to compare myself to the others, which is not always easy, but also I’m so happy for them”.
Advice to Miki: “Don’t take Eurovision as the most important thing in life”
After her explanations, Amaia was asked to give Miki some advice. She told the “La venda” singer “not to feel overwhelmed and not to take Eurovision as the most important thing in life, because it is not”.
If you understand Spanish, here's what Amaia had to say about Eurovision pic.twitter.com/QtsS0KR12z
— MohawkMarkus (@MohawkMarkus) March 13, 2019
“He shouldn’t take it as something superimportant, because it is not, it’s a festival and it’s another thing in life. That’s how I feel now. Back then (when she was participating) I took it as the most important thing in life, but it is not actually, it’s another thing you do in your career”, she explains.
SCAN-DAL, you may be yelling. We’ll tackle that under the next sub-head, as the Twittersphere has exploded.
Despite her strong statement, Amaia doesn’t have bad blood for Eurovision. She says: “It was something incredible, it happened so fast that I still haven’t had the time to process everything”.
The Twitter drama: Was Amaia being shady towards Eurovision?
Amaia’s words triggered a wide variety of reactions on social media. Perhaps she was talking about the Eurovision result? Was she trying to ease the tension on Miki’s shoulders? Or did she mean exactly what she said? People were very vocal about it on social media:
??Para Amaia #Eurovision NO es importante, ni siquiera para ir a cederle el testigo a Miki un año después ¿Es comprensible la actitud de la ganadora de OT 2017? ??https://t.co/2LEMjZC7Fk RT, Gracias ?? pic.twitter.com/7ANRnUTMeb
— Iván (@RandomSpain) March 14, 2019
La actitud de Miki y Alfred con Eurovisión >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> la actitud de Amaia. https://t.co/E4oelxffbj
— moodazo (@crxcio_cabreada) March 14, 2019
(Miki and Alfred’s attitude towards Eurovision >> Amaia’s attitude towards Eurovision)
"Después de lo mal que quedamos el año pasado siento que no soy nadie para ceder el testigo a Miki en Eurovisión"
Me reafirmo: Amaia sigue sin comprender la traacendencia del festival más allá de un puesto https://t.co/rsTn7WJHRb
— EuroSeijo (@seijochan) March 14, 2019
(I maintain, Amaia still doesn’t see the relevance of Eurovision despite the placing)
What’s your take on all the drama? Do you really think Amaia is throwing shade on Eurovision? Or was she right to try to ease the pressure on Miki? Do you believe she didn’t feel worthy of passing him the baton as Eurovision representative, or was it just that she didn’t want to see Alfred? Tell us in the comment section below!