Spain‘s long-seen song selection gala still has no date, but the winner will be selected by 100% televote. On Thursday, RTVE confirmed these rumours. But today, Spain’s Head of Delegation, Ana María Bordas, dropped some even bigger news ahead of an official statement.
In an interview with Czech Eurovision vlogger Jan Bors, Ana María confirmed that not only can Spanish vote, but the vote will be open to all fans from any country. This means that you can also vote in the Spanish national final!
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Spain Eurovision gala voting open to international audiences
As Ana María Bordas confirms, anyone from anywhere will be able to vote in Spain’s song selection gala. The Spanish broadcaster is set to conduct this voting online, before the event takes place. The voting won’t be geoblocked outside Spain. Once the event is underway, the online voting will close and audiences will be able to vote through SMS and phone calls, just as in Eurovision.
Ana María explained:
“Everyone and from every part of the world will be able to vote for Blas’ songs since we want to open the voting to everyone, not geoblocking it. We have a lot of fans in South America and this is a great opportunity to welcome many people to the voting, and decide for the song. We spoke with Blas and his team and he told us he wanted people to take action on that.”
For Spain, this is again a new form of choosing their participation in Eurovision. Unlike countries like Sweden and Italy who have long used the same selection method, the Iberian nation is a constant flux of variation.
The Head of Delegation elaborated, “Having a Swedish or Italian fixed selection methods is today not on the table for Spain. Because we lack this fixed system, we have to reinvent year to year or use different platforms depending on circumstances.”
So now y’all know why Spain goes from internal to pre-selection to Operación Triunfo from one year to another.
Three scenarios simultaneously
Ana María Bordas not only shared voting details but already revealed that Spain is now working with three stagings: the one for the gala, backup staging if Eurovision is remote-produced, and the staging if Eurovision goes ahead in at Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam. Despite the thirst for details, Spain’s staging plans will remain a secret for now.
But Spain’s staging issues are no secret to fans, and neither to Ana María Bordas. This includes Amaia and Alfred’s performance in Lisbon 2018, Barei in 2016 or Soraya Arnela’s change of choreography before her 2009 appearance.
Ana María ensures staging is one of her priorities and worries. “I am always worried of staging. We are working with staging directors and spending lots of money and energy in having a good staging. With Miki, for instance, we had a colourful and powerful staging… so I am worried. We are very self-critical, and we don’t understand what happened that year. The staging is important, but so is the song. I don’t think the poor results of 2018 were stage-based.”
Blas Cantó’s two songs will also remain a secret. Ana Maria Bordas hasn’t given any clues about what the songs are like, but but she has confirmed that both will go online soon and both are completely different.
But Ana María has revealed one thing. Like Manel Navarro’s previous comment, Ana María also says that Blas two new songs are better than “Universo”.
She explained, “We have worked with Blas since summer. We chose two songs, that are great songs. I think the audience will appreciate them as they are really good, better than “Universo”.”
Ana María Bordas ambitions and the future of Eurovision
Ana’s biggest ambition as HoD is to finally change the reluctance of many renowned artists to represent Spain in Eurovision. As Ana explains, it is not easy to convince them and bad results hold them back. However, she insists all artists should consider doing Eurovision it as it is a great professional and personal experience.
She said, “They simply don’t want to go, despite Eurovision being the biggest show of Europe, and the world. We must change this thinking. And we should keep making more musical shows, and more marketing, to promote events like Eurovision.”
The future of Spain in the contest hopefully looks brighter that their last five years of poor results. As Spain is a member of the Big 5, Ana María Bordas agrees the country has to deliver more but does all what they can.
She explained, “I see why the Big 5 should deliver more, if their spot is secured in the grand final. We try. It also happens in Germany, the United Kingdom and France. We talked about it together, and we don’t get it. I just try to do my best and work a lot.”
Eurovision is a big show and Ana María acknowledged it from the very beginning. “When I first started , I understood there needed to be a bigger team covering all areas from marketing to communication rather than managing solely. I did opposite at what was being done, to open the process and cooperate with more teams. But as well, to take advice from experts.”
Ana María took the role just in time for the biggest Eurodrama event in Spain’s history — Objetivo Eurovision 2017. To that she says: “it was tough.”