Spanish fans petition TVE

by Victor Hondal 54 views is to send a letter to the Spanish broadcaster TVE in order to ask for a preselection and a bigger commitment to the Eurovision Song Contest.

The team will submit a letter in the name of all Spanish eurofans to Javier Montemayor (TVE programme manager) and to Carmen Caffarel (TVE General manager) asking TVE for a proper preselection. The aim of this initiative is to try to avoid a similar scandal to the one when Las Ketchup were chosen to represent the country in 2006 via an internal and secretive selection.

Ratings leader
In the letter, is also pointing out that the Eurovision Song Contest leads the audience ratings on the day, month and even the year of its broadcast, as happened in 2002, when Rosa and her Europe's living a celebration came 7th in Tallinn (Estonia).

They will also stress that the Eurovision Song Contest presents the image of Spain abroad, and this is the reason why Spanish people must decide their own national entrant.

Positive host experience
Moreover, members add that organising Eurovision Song Contestwould not spell out bankruptcy for TVE but rather profits for the national broadcaster. The 2006 Greek experience proved this.Also, hosting the Contest would generate a huge touristic promotion for Spain and the host city, only comparable to the Olympic Games.

Another plea to TVE surrounds the call to submit songs. asks for an earlier call, in order to get more and better entries. After revising several songs submitted in 2006, the signers draw a conclusion: among that songs, there were better themes than Bloody Mary, such as Qué no daría yo (Rebeca) or Tu prisionero (Urko y Johnny).

Finally, they refuse the idea of an internal jury of the public channel which selects the Spanish entry.

Spain won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1968 with Massiel singing La, la, la and in 1969 with Salomé singing Vivo cantando, and have achieved several close calls since, coming second in 1971, 1973, 1979 and 1995.

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