TVE admits "deficiencies" in the vote that gave victory to Chanel with only 4% of the public vote



Spain was excited as ever. After several years of doldrums, Eurovision I returned to recover the illusion that Rosa López or Beth had returned to our country. the culprits were Rigoberta Bandini Y Tanxugueiras, four women who had managed to attract attention without the need for any artifice. In fact, their authenticity was reflected in each one of the seconds that they were on the stage of the benidorm fest. However, none of them achieved the victory that, weeks ago, seemed practically sung. She did it chanell with only minethanks to the first place of the jury, the second of the demographic jury and the third of popular vote. In these last two, the Galicians swept away... but that was not enough to placate the very low score that the expert committee awarded them. Something premeditated? After political parties, the media and unions of the Corporation have demanded explanations from RTVEnow it has been Board of directors who has joined these requests. What has resulted in a Press conference last minute to clarify the situation.

Tanxugueiras and Rigoberta Bandini were the most valued by the public, taking 30 and 25 points respectively. Chanel came in third place with 20. In the case of the demographic jury (made up of 350 anonymous), the Galician women were also the big winners with 30 points, ahead of the Spanish-Cuban singer (25) and the Catalan (20). On the other hand, the jury's vote was very different: Aida, Sabela and Olaia only obtained 30 points, behind Rayden (37), Blanca Paloma (39), Rigoberta (46) and Chanel (51). That 21-point advantage in the professional vote left the folk trio without a chance. Since then, numerous theories have been enunciated with greater or lesser depth: from Chanel's relationship with Myriam Benedited to the favoritism of the public channel for the latter.

Given the controversy raised, RTVE has broken down the votes awarded during the final. In total, there were 192,000 votes from the public. Of these, Tanxugueiras swept 41,620 calls and 94,220 SMS, which represents the 70.75% of the total. Rigoberta Bandini was in second position with the 18.08% and Chanel in third with the 3.97%

With the demographic jury, something similar happened: earth it was done with 2,758 votes (14.59%), only mine with 2,624 (13.88%) and Ow mom with 2,555 (13.52).

A trend that was not reflected in the jury votewhich gave 10, 7, 7, 4 and 2 points to the Galician trio, giving even more votes to the proposal of Gonzalo Hermidawho did not perform live because he had tested positive for covid-19. Rigoberta got 6, 8, 6, 10 and 10. While Chanel kept 12, 12, 12, 7 and 8.

As can be seen, Tanxugueiras and Rigoberta Bandini were the most valued by the public, taking 30 and 25 points respectively. Chanel came in third place with 20. In the case of the demographic jury (made up of 350 anonymous), the Galician women were also the big winners with 30 points, ahead of the Spanish-Cuban singer (25) and the Catalan (20). Instead, the jury's vote was very different: Aida, Sabela and Olaia only obtained 30 points, behind Rayden (37), Blanca Paloma (39), Rigoberta (46) and Chanel (51). That 21-point advantage in the professional vote left the folk trio without a chance.

Since then, numerous theories have been enunciated with greater or lesser depth: from Chanel's relationship with Myriam Blessed even the favoritism of the public chain for the latter. "We want to clear up any doubts about the Benidorm Fest. The rules were clear. There are no irregularities, complaints or challenges. There are only 13 songs selected by this house and any of them could have won. We understand that there were many emotions contained around each one of the songs", added Izaguirre. "All of them were suitable to represent Spain in Turin. There could only be one left."

Regarding the impartiality and freedom of the jury, they affirm that "no" there has been no prior indication to the jury, of which they highlight that "it has made the decision based on what was seen in the rehearsals and on the day of the performance": "We want to reiterate that this jury has morality and independence beyond any doubt. We demand respect. They are people with a very long professional career and extensive experience who were chosen to be part of the court because of the knowledge they had. We wanted them to vote with absolute freedom, without accepting instructions or threats of any kind.





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