Spain’s representative at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest, Pastora Solar, has revealed her thoughts on this year’s Lisbon-hosted competition, speaking of her sadness towards the controversy ahead of the country’s participation last month.
This year saw loved-up duo Amaia & Alfred representing Spain at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, with the pair having won the country’s selection process for the competition, Operación Triunfo, back in February.
Competing with their entry Tu canción, the duo qualified directly to the final of the 2018 competition as a member of the ‘Big 5’ nations, eventually finishing in 23rd position with a total of 61 points.
Amaia & Alfred at the Eurovision 2018 final
Ahead of and following their participation at the competition, controversy was seen relating to Amaia & Alfred, something which Spain’s 2012 representative is saddened to see.
Soler’s thoughts on Eurovision 2018
In an interview with El Periodico, Pastora Soler was asked for her opinion on the young Spanish representatives for 2018, as well as her opinion on how the pair were received from the national public and press.
Expressing her regret at the controversy seen, Soler said:
I do not think it is something that benefits us ahead of our participation. If we continue like this, nobody will want to present themselves [at the competition].
There is a lot of pressure, I felt it in my year, everything was analysed and criticised. But as a Eurofan, which I am, I think [Amaia & Alfred was] a dignified representation. The song was very beautiful and Amaia & Alfred did very well, we should be proud.
Soler’s interview comes following the release of her latest album, La calma, the first to be released since her return to the music scene following her battle with stage fright and panic attacks. Following 3 years away from music the singer is now back, having regained her self-confidence once again.
The singer is now set to embark on her summer tour next month, touring across a number of Spanish cities over the next few months. Find out more about where Soler will be performing via her official website.
Pastora Soler’s performance at Eurovision 2012