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EUROVISION 2022 | 10 things that happened at Eurovision, believe it or not

The Eurovision Song Contest turns 66 this 2022 and, although there is still a little more than a week to meet the one who will be the representative of Spain in the European song festival, all eyes are on him Benidorm festival and its semifinals on January 26 and 27. This year, millions of Europeans will be waiting on May 14 for the LXVI edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, which on this occasion is held at the Pala Alpitour in Turin. More than six decades have passed since this event, as praised as it was reviled, was held for the first time, and Spain has never missed it. The passage of our country through Eurovision He has left us surprising and quirky moments, as well as unforgettable songs. So while we wait for the big final gala of Benidorm festival, organized by RTVE through an agreement with the Generalitat Valenciana, and to discover who will represent Spain in Eurovision 2022let’s meet some curious moments that we have been able to see in the Eurovision Song Contest.

Anti-Franco banner at the 1964 Eurovision Song Contest.

Anti-Franco banners

It was the year 1964 and Spain was represented by the TNT group, something unprecedented until that moment because the rules of Eurovision they only allowed the performance of duos or soloists. The gala held in Copenhagen featured a surprise guest. During the performance of Swiss a man appeared on stage with a banner that read “Boycott Francisco Franco and Salazar”, in protest against the regimes of Franco in Spain and Salazar in Portugal.

All audiovisual records from that time were lost in a fire Recorded at the Danmarks Radio studios. The incident also caused all international events to be broadcast since then in Spain with a 15-second delay.

Turkey ‘censors’ a lesbian kiss

Eurovision has been, for years, an appointment marked by fire in the calendar for the LGBTI community. And the most provocative moment of the e2013 Eurovision Song Contest came from the hand, or from the mouth, of the representative of Finland, Krista Siegfrids, who, dressed in a wedding dress, kissed one of her showgirls to support same-sex marriage.

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This year, Turkey announced 24 hours after the gala that it would not broadcast the festival due to the drop in audience. However, support groups for homosexuals They denounced that the real reason was the lesbian kiss.

Jordan does not recognize Israel’s victory

The topic ‘Ah-Bah-No-Bee’ (‘I love you’), sung in Hebrew by the representatives of Israel Izhar Cohen and Alphabeta, won the Eurovision edition of 1978. Jordan did not want to recognize the winner and gave the first place to Belgium, who had been in second place. jordanian television also cut the broadcast during Israel’s performance and celebration, and instead they put images of flower fields.

Georgia does not want Putin

The song chosen by Georgia to participate in the edition of Eurovision 2009 Russia did not like it at all. Precisely, Moscow hosted that year the festival and the theme performed by the Georgian group Stephane & 3G was titled ‘We don’t wanna put in’, what was considered an insult to the Government of Vladimir Putin.

TVE asks Pastora Soler not to win

The Sevillian artist Pastora Soler had no qualms about stating that TVE had asked her that it was better that she not win Eurovision 2012 because he had no money to organize the festival the following year. “They have even told me ‘please, don’t go to win! If it were to win (organize it) it would be impossible. Before, we have to get out of the crisis”, he confessed between laughs to a Catalan radio. Soler was in tenth position.

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Salome shares triumph

In 1969, a year after Massiel’s triumph with the famous ‘La la la’, Salomé won Eurovision with ‘I live singing’, but he had to share the prize with the United Kingdom, France and the Netherlands, since there were no tiebreaker rules yet. The success of the song led the singer to record the song in eight languages: Spanish, Catalan, Basque, English, Italian, French, German and Serbo-Croatian.

Although during the gala there were various technical problems that evidenced the limited capacity that TVE had to broadcast such a complex festival, the moment of greatest tension occurred when four countries tied for first place after the votes. Laura Valenzuela, host of Eurovision 1969, was stunned by “this unexpected ending” and had to call the EBU’s scrutinizing secretary, Clifford Brown, to clarify which country was the winner and to whom the prize should be awarded. To prevent a new tie from happening, the voting system was modified the following year.

The “mistake” at the beginning of Karina’s song

Although, after Salomé we have never again won the Eurovision Song Contest, Spain has come close to winning on several occasions. The first time was in 1971 thanks to Karina and her song “In a new world”. The popular singer managed to be the representative after winning “Passport to Dublin”, the most important pre-selection that TVE has organized in its history before the Benidorm festival. Singers of the stature of Nino Bravo, Rocío Jurado, Junior, Jaime Morey, Conchita Márquez Piquer… participated in it. The program was a complete success and its tune one of the most remembered. Karina won second place despite the fact that at the beginning of the song the first words of the song were not heard for technical reasons (“Only at the end of the road…”).

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Although it was said that it was due to forgetfulness of the singer, the result of her nerves, the truth is that everything was due to a technical problem. The rehearsals were exhausting, according to the singer, and she admitted that she was so tired that in one of the rehearsals she fell asleep in a chair and was late for the dress rehearsal just the day before the Festival. That later caused the error by not having prepared the performance in time and the technician did not open the microphone in time for Karina to start singing.

Spain takes the win from Betty Misiego

For Surrealist, the situation experienced with the voting in Eurovision 1979. Betty Missiego came second in the festival, held in Jerusalem under strict security measures due to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Spain, which was in the lead, did not win because the jury of our country, the last to vote, awarded 10 points to the representative of Israel, truncating the victory of Missiego.

Brown sugar leaves the stage

The duo Azúcar Moreno, which this year is also participating in the Benidorm festival with “posturing”, arrived in Zagreb in 1990 ready to win Eurovision with his ‘Bandido’, but his performance got off to a bad start. sound problems forced the Salazar sisters to leave the stage between disgruntled gestures, returning a few minutes later to achieve a meritorious fifth place.

Jimmy Jump Ruins Daniel Diges’ Performance

The spontaneous ‘professional’ Jimmy Jump snuck onto the stage in the middle of the performance Daniel Diges in the edition of Eurovision Song Contest held in Oslo in 2010. Jump was placed among the dancers that accompanied the singer, who continued to interpret the song ‘Something small’ somewhat disconcerted. Several members of security were in charge of removing the controversial character. Diges sang his theme again at the end of the gala, becoming the second person to perform twice at the festival without being the winner.

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