It’s been two days because the 18th version of the Junior Eurovision Music Contest, the place Europe topped France’s Valentina the winner. In Spain there’s been a lot dialogue about how Soleá secured bronze, which lots of her loyal followers suppose ought to have truly been gold.
In a press convention held on Sunday, Toñi Prieto — the Spanish broadcaster’s Leisure Director — assessed Spain’s sixth participation within the contest. There was a lot to have fun — from Soleá’s ease on stage to the enjoyment your complete staff had working along with her. However when it got here to alleged violations of playback guidelines and allegations of strategic voting, the tea acquired scorching.
Toñi Prieto: “Hemos hablado con la UER y desmienten que haya habido playback en las actuaciones de Eurovisión Junior 2020”
? Sigue en directo la rueda de prensa con Soleá
— eurovision_rtve (@eurovision_tve) November 30, 2020
The EBU to RTVE: “All the things is right”
As Toñi Prieto confirms, the EBU instructed Spain that no playback was used at Junior Eurovision 2020. However after seeing rumours and feedback from followers spreading throughout social media and even in newspapers, the Spanish staff contacted the EBU to get an replace. The EBU confirmed that every little thing was right throughout the present and that the rumours had not been substantiated.
“After all, our important fear was to ask the EBU what was happening throughout social media,” she mentioned. “They denied completely all these allegations and mentioned that each one international locations have been submitted to all controls.”
Toñi continues: “The EBU is an enormous physique, so Spain won’t press them on this difficulty. We now have to consider what they’re telling us.”
? “Valentina sang stay — there is no such thing as a debate.”
?? France’s HoD has denied that the #JESC winner used playback.
?? Spain’s staff say the EBU instructed them the playback allegations are NOT true.https://t.co/d1jDKn3sTA
— wiwibloggs (@wiwibloggs) November 30, 2020
So what did the EBU guidelines and rules cowl this 12 months? Based on Toñi, the rules included specs for the stage, inexperienced rooms and the efficiency.
Nevertheless, RTVE mentioned no supervision happened on-site after they have been truly filming their efficiency in Spain. Spain merely despatched the efficiency to the EBU to be checked, and the EBU confirmed every little thing appeared right. There doesn’t appear to be a lot readability on how they checked every efficiency.
“What we did is what the EBU dictated that we do. Everybody acquired the identical standards on the subject of stage design and inexperienced rooms. Some international locations did it, some international locations didn’t. However that’s an issue for the EBU and they need to say if one thing just isn’t proper. That’s the reason we desire to take part [at an in-person event]. The identical circumstances will, and will, apply.”
Toñi continues: “No person from the EBU got here to verify if we [or any country] have been doing it appropriately. We simply despatched it to them, they usually instructed us every little thing was right and in accordance with the necessities. We now have been instructed that the EBU will toughen supervision within the occasion that Eurovision 2021 replicates the identical mannequin.”
“No factors to Spain from France”
It’s necessary to Spain whether or not its neighbouring international locations vote for them. Once they don’t ship Spain love, it doesn’t go unnoticed, as occurred beforehand with Portugal. Effectively on Sunday one other neighbour – France — additionally blanked it. That will have stung, however what shocked Spanish followers, and Toñi Prieto, is the truth that the French jury appeared to rank the most well-liked international locations because the lowest of their votes. The French jury gave one level to Poland, two factors to Belarus, three factors to The Netherlands, 4 factors to Kazakhstan and nil to Spain. Toñi wouldn’t be drawn too deep on the matter, however did provide these reasonably loaded phrases: “You’ll not vote to your enemies, in my view.”
Junior Eurovision 2021 and Blas Cantó
For the Spanish followers, it’s excellent news as soon as extra. Spain will possible be within the Junior Contest subsequent 12 months. Regardless of no official affirmation, Toñi shed mild in the direction of a possible participation in 2021: “We expect we can be there and can proceed our great-results-record e book”.
A proposal appears to be on the desk already. Through the Junior Eurovision 2020 celebration, Melani Garcia, who additionally completed third in 2019 for Spain, recommended to Soleá that they go collectively subsequent 12 months. Toñi instructed the media that they are going to consider this selection, which can absolutely make Soleá joyful, as she’s already prepared for a comeback.
Soleá ha comentado este tema y muchos más en la rueda de prensa tras el competition:https://t.co/qW79nIdJRx
— eurovision_rtve (@eurovision_tve) November 30, 2020
Regarding Blas Cantó, Toñi Prieto additionally confirmed the the rules he has set for his Eurovision 2021 music: the flexibility of the music to maneuver individuals, high quality and in addition one thing that Blas feels snug performing. And that’s all we all know. Toñi says extra information will observe within the coming months. For the time being, all we all know is that four songs are on the table and that the Duncan Laurence’s song did not make the cut.
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