Spain’s staging at Eurovision has been consistently weak in recent years. But things are set to change in 2019.
Broadcaster RTVE has recruited the Greek staging maestro Fokas Evangelinos to bring Miki’s “La venda” to life in Tel Aviv. His credits include Azerbaijan 2013, Ukraine 2008 and Greece 2005, amongst others.
But he doesn’t come cheap. His services are setting the network back €40,000.
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Last week, Fokas joined Mamen Márquez — Miki’s vocal director — on Amikis y conocidas, the online show formerly known as Spain Calling.
Over the course of the conversation, Mr. Evangelinos revealed some tasty tidbits about next month’s staging plans. And it sounds like Miki may be needing breathing assistance after his performance.
But don’t worry, Mamen has him covered! She has Miki singing “La venda” while running on the treadmill. Between that and his daily gym sessions, he’ll have built enough stamina to take on the most robust of performances.
The backing singers are also being put through their paces. They’ll also be dancing and will be expected to fill the whole stage. They’re taking the party to Tel Aviv and there’s even talk of balloons.
Fokas adds that since “La venda” is not in English, they are working on some staging which will help get the message of the song across to the audience watching at home. So even if they don’t understand what Miki is singing, nothing will be lost in translation.
Fokas Evagelinos y Mamen Márquez en 'aMikis y conocidas' | Capítulo 2 | EUROVISIÓN 2019Mamen Márquez y Fokas Evagelinos, directora musical y directo artístico de España en Eurovisión 2019 son los invitados al segundo programa de "aMikis y conocidas", la tertulia sobre Eurovisión en RTVE.es. Ambos nos cuentan cómo es trabajar con Miki y nos avanzan algunos detalles sobre la puesta en escena de "La venda".
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Evangelinos is perhaps best known for being part of the supposed dream team, along with Philipp Kirkorov and Dimitris Kontopoulos. The trio are all involved with Russia’s entry — Sergey Lazarev with “Scream”.
The interviewers jokingly ask Fokas to put less effort into Sergey’s staging. Nonetheless, they hope he gets first and second places at Eurovision, with Spain being on top, of course.
The last time Evangelinos staged two entries in the same contest was in 2008 when he did, in fact, achieve a one-two finish. Then Russia came first and Ukraine second. Can he actually repeat the feat this time?
The pair also confirmed that they are getting along well during the preparations. Mamen commended Fokas’ generosity and says he is easy to work with.
This is not Spain’s first time hiring a big name stage director for Eurovision. Back in 2017, Manel Navarro collaborated with Hans Pannecouke, the genius behind the Netherlands’ “Calm After The Storm” staging in 2014. That didn’t work out so well for the Iberian nation, but it didn’t really matter since it paled in comparison to Manel’s bum note.
Do you think Fokas Evangelinos will work his magic again? How would you stage “La venda”? Tell us in the comments.