Photomontage of Chanel, Rogoberta Bandini and Tanxugueiras.- Europa Press
Every time I see Chanel perform – something that happens to me unintentionally, with some periodicity – I get angry and I feel sorry for her. Delivering these letters, I don’t know if she will win or lose at Eurovision, if she will enter the top ten, as the good and evil tongues of bookmakers say. But for what I will write, it does not matter, because I doubt not the quality of his performance. I have no doubt that what he does, he does first class. I could say without making a mess – like I’ve ever had my hair done – that she has nothing to envy about Jennifer Lopez, Beyoncé, Shakira.
The thing is, I’m tired of this movement. Maybe I’m getting old? Or is it that we already have modern vetoes for this millennium and the next? Those that move the cuckoo, as no one tires me, singing warm verses. They seem to me to be photocopies that simplify us. It’s the end to identify empowering yourself with being hot and being sexy. That everything is fine, this too, but that it becomes, if not the only one, then the most common, the most obvious, and therefore, perhaps, the least artistic. He no longer has surprise or excuse, if he ever had. I still remember one television director who, in the nineties, told a news anchor, shouting in front of the whole team: “Make Spain fat.” I was so happy in my youth that I did not pass myself off as a beauty in those conditions, in those times.
They say that Ukraine is the favorite out of solidarity and pure geopolitics, but it turns out that it also includes that strong idea of a collective mind that is in the same air all over Europe, all over the West, in all common cultures. Stephanie’s lyrics, as the song is called, are a tribute to mothers. Much easier than what Rigoberta Bandini suggested at the Benidorm festival, where our candidate was chosen. With Bandini, I confess, I got up from my seat in the middle of the room and applauded excitedly, as I had not done in a long time. With her, we missed the opportunity to offer something different, which includes this collective idea that lives in its moment, with a feminine idea of sisterhood, of a group, and not of being “first” like Chanel, and with a beautiful aesthetics, singular, not sexualized or sexist. In Benidorm, we missed the opportunity to bring to Europe the anthem, the credo of modernity, the new Father of feminism instead of another “queen” who drives them crazy, who is “always ready” and who is “only there”. is one.”
Another outstanding candidate who was excluded in Benidorm was Tanxueiras, who mixed folklore and electronics in her Terra and presented three strong women who do not move with sexual intentions and who sing to “sing”, “in the manner of our mothers” and that “no limits”. They are also different. inspiring. I knew something new. They would be a cry in the heart of Europe.
Both Bandini and these Galicians have given us the opportunity to bring something really meaningful to this European showcase that is back in fashion. With his defeats, I confess: I surrendered to defeat, after the hope of his discovery.
But in order not to be unfair, we must remember that Chanel was chosen according to the rules. TVE has decided that the voting at the Benidorm festival should be weighted. 50% for a jury of 5 technicians, 25% for a demographic jury of 350 and 25% for a televote of 192,000 people. The latter went to Tanxugueiras with over 70%, followed by Bandini (18%) and even further away from Chanel (3.97%). The demographic vote was nearly three to one between Tanxueiras, Chanel and Bandini, in that order. The technical jury, consisting of only five members, was the one that gave the victory to the sexiest with her perfect number, albeit repeatedly.
Such a balanced democracy, increasingly used in all kinds of competitions, seems to me a scam even without fraud: beloved people, vote, and then the jury will go and correct you. Vote, participate, upload your audience, and then we’ll tell you who wins the game.
To avoid ostensible populism, more power is given to jurors who only understand the market as if it had absolute truths, as if it were not so predictable, as if it always left room for the avant-garde. Maybe they shamelessly claim that the market is not wrong? Those in the know say that the public and the jury tend to vote differently. Messages to choose between the city or the market, I have it very clearly.
In the final, as it has been for many years, 50% of the votes come from a technical jury, which we don’t know what scores, and the remaining 50% from televoting. If it depended only on the public, perhaps we would get to know the Europeans better, and not their jury.
In any case, I must admit that the Eurovision Song Contest is back in its prime. It is watched by over 180 million people. Last year, its European audience was over 40%. In Spain – almost 30%: it was watched by more than four million viewers.
So if Chanel wins, I’ll be happy for her, but I can’t be happy for what neither her lyrics, nor her performance, nor her exhibition, nor her image, nor the European public or their jury with their voices represent or say. . I already felt that we were losing when he won his candidacy.
“You who could end so many wars. Mom, mom, mom, let’s stop the city,” Bandini sings. We could make Europe and the whole world think for a few minutes, and we again agree to excite them. What a pity!
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