TVE, the Spanish national broadcaster, has announced today that the internationally acclaimed Greek stage director Fokas Evagelinos will be responsible for Miki’s staging at the forthcoming 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv.
Fokas Evangelinos will be the stage director behind the Spanish 2019 Eurovision entry in Tel Aviv aka Miki‘s ‘La venda‘. Fokas has been behind the staging of two Eurovision victories namely in 2005 (Greece) and 2008 (Russia).
Fokas is very pleased with his new venture with Spain:
I am very happy to work with Spain in Eurovision, Miki is a very talented and cheerful guy
Mamen Marquez will accompany Miki to Tel Aviv as his musical director.
About Fokas Evangelinos
Fokas Evangelinos is an internationally acclaimed stage director and choreographer and has been behind the staging of many Eurovision performances in the past years: Sakis Rouvas (Greece 2004, 2009), Helena Paparizou ( Greece 2o05), Dima Bilan (Russia 2006, 2008), Farid Mammadov (Azerbaijan 2013), Ani Lorak (Ukraine 2008), Dimitry Koldun (Belarus 2007), Sergey Lazarev (Russia 2016), Demy (Greece 2017), Aisel (Azerbaijan 2019) and DoReDos (Moldova 2018).
Evangelinos is a celebrated stage director at home in Greece, having directed numerous national selection on home soil. He was also the artistic director for Eurovision 2006 in Athens.
His Midas touch has placed the countries he’s worked with 10 times in the TOP 10 of the scoreboard.
Fokas will also be working with Sergey Lazarev in Tel Aviv and will be responsible behind the Russian staging in Eurovision 2019.
Spain in Eurovision
Spain debuted in Eurovision in 1961 and has won the competition twice (1968 and 1969). The country enjoyed much success in its early days, but now seems to have had a reverse in fortunes. We must not forget that Spain has not made it to the Top 5 since 1995.
Spain has not missed a single contest since it joined the competition in 1961, this year will see the country’s 58th participation in the contest.
The Iberian country has only made it twice to the Top 10 in the last decade, namely in 2012 and 2014 with Pastora Soler and Ruth Lorenzo respectively.
Miki won the 2019 Spanish national final and was awarded the golden ticket to Tel Aviv. He will fly the Spanish flag at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest with his entry La venda.